Hunger Task Force Director Worries About Poor's Access To Food After Thanksgiving
By Chuck Quirmbach
Tuesday, November 26, 2013, 5:45pm
An advocate for feeding the hungry says most everyone in the state should have access to a good meal on Thanksgiving, but she's worried about ongoing poverty heading into the winter.
Sherrie Tussler, who heads the Hunger Task Force of Milwaukee, has been involved into anti-poverty issues for a long time. She says the food needs of the poor go way back.
“I grew up during that last recession in the 1980s when they said that everything would trickle down, and I’m still waiting for that to happen,” says Tussler. “I’ve been a food bank director for 17 years, a homeless shelter director for 10 before that. My whole career has been helping poor people, and I’m still waiting on Reagan’s promise.”
Tussler isn't very happy with the federal government today, not with a stimulus bill provision for the poor expiring earlier this month and possible food stamp cuts ahead in January, depending on what happens with the U.S. Farm bill. She says 875,000 people in Wisconsin are on food stamps.
Tussler says that to the best of her knowledge, nearly everyone in the state will have access to a Thanksgiving meal. The Hunger Task Force has distributed 4,000 turkeys.