Anti-poverty programs that support millions of low-income Americans are currently experiencing billions of dollars in cuts, and Congress is discussing slashing even more in the name of deficit reduction. So far sequestration cuts have halted at least 4 million meals for seniors, pushed 57,000 children out of Head Start and if the cuts continue 185,000 people currently receiving housing assistance could find themselves without a home.
Our Jewish traditions and values command us to help those in need in our community. We are told in Proverbs 31:9, to "speak up, judge righteously, champion the poor and the needy." So speak up and urge your Members of Congress to protect America’s most vulnerable and prioritize anti-poverty programs.