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Thousands swarm Caleb Center seeking food

Congresswoman Wilson’s town hall addresses cuts in SNAP and concerns over hunger

D. Kevin McNeir | 10/24/2013, 9 a.m.
Liberty City residents filled a Joseph Caleb Center meeting room totaling well over 1,000 men, women and children last Saturday ...

Elizabeth Judd, who has long been retired said, “It saddens me when I see so many poor people, so many hungry people and then hear how Congress doesn’t seem to be interested in our plight,” she said. “It’s just not fair and it’s amazing so see elected officials that are acting so cruelly.”

“A lot of people in our community didn’t even know about the pending cuts, which also include reductions for single mothers,” said community activist Dr. Mae Christian. “This town hall was a way to let people vent, release their emotions and get needed information.”

“I’m not surprised by the number of people here today — it just shows the urgency of the issue,” said State Representative Cynthia Stafford. “Some may think that losing $20 dollars or so isn’t a big deal but it adds up and many can’t afford it.”

“It’s time to sound the alarm,” said Ken Knight, Curley’s House volunteer. “Some seniors are getting just a few dollars in food stamps each month. Meanwhile taxes are steadily going up. We are seeing the very essence of life being stripped away. We really need a farm bill for Florida and we need to stop denying people food.”