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Gov. Kulongoski takes the “food stamp challenge”

April 23, 2007

Governor KulongoskiA lot of people say that Ted Kulongoski is a fairly good Governor for Oregonians, but that he falls short of expectations. I don’t think so. I like him, and his wife Mary Oberst is also a very good person. I appreciate that they attend every funeral of fallen soldiers from Oregon, for one. Also, they tend to show up at community events and do things on the ground, so to speak, as Oregonians.

This week Ted and Mary are living off food stamps all week, spending the equivalent of just $42 this week on food.

Kulongoski and his wife, Mary Oberst, are the highest-profile people yet to take part in a “food stamp challenge,” a trend sponsored by religious groups, community activists and food pantries across the country, the AP reported.

The challenge comes at a political crossroads for the food stamp program. The Bush administration has proposed several cuts, among them taking away food stamps from about 185,000 people because they receive other noncash government assistance, the AP reported.

The Department of Agriculture budget, as proposed, would also eliminate a program that gives boxes of food to nearly half a million seniors each month.

Gov. Kulongoski is doing this for Hunger Awareness Week in Oregon. National news outlets have picked up the story, including CBS. Nice job!

“I’m gonna probably go back to what I remember in college, Top Ramen and hot dogs,” said Kulongoski.

It’s funny, but true – that’s what you eat when you’re poor. Before reading about this I had no idea that there were so many proposed cuts for food programs. Read more about these proposals here.

Kids eat foodPortland has some great anti-hunger organizations that do a lot for local families. Of course, there’s the Oregon Food Bank but the Oregon Hunger Relief Task Force is also an excellent organization to be get involved with as well.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 23, 2007 11:17 pm

    Oregon rocks. We’ve had some major setbacks (see Measures 36 and 37), but there are a lot of good things happening right now. I’m proud to have adopted Oregon — and particularly Portland — as my home.

  2. Tujunga1 permalink
    May 2, 2007 8:53 pm

    Kudos to Kulongoski. I have met him on a couple of occasions while working on Measure 44, the Oregon Prescription Drug Pool. He is truly concerned with the health and welfare of every Oregonian. There is no way some of his responses to stories I have heard from people at the meetings I’ve attended could be faked. No matter what anyone else may think, he does try to work for the people of Oregon and I am proud to have him as our Governor.

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