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Womack Tells Area Food Shelves To Go Hang

Posted Saturday, November 5, 2011, at 11:48 AM

Volunteers from one of our local food shelves travelled to Washington DC recently to meet with Senator John Boozman and Congressman Steve Womack. The purpose of the visit was to provide our representatives with information about the operation of the Loaves and Fishes, Flint Street, Harvest Assembly, and Bethel food shelves.

Instead of listening to these volunteers, Congressman Womack lectured them. He said local charities and government needed to treat food shelf users like "a college kid who misused the family credit card. You need to cut up the card," he said. "You need to figure out how to fund these programs locally because the Federal government hasn't got any more money."

Steve Womack, like John Boozman by the way, supports a bill that would continue subsidies to corporate farms that report more than $1,500,000.00 in annual revenue. In Arkansas, these subsidies amount to about $10 billion dollars since 1995. Most farm workers working on these operations make so little in wages that they qualify for food stamps; Womack wants to cut funding for that program too.

I work at Loaves and Fishes, the Berryville food shelf, every Friday. This past Friday, November 4th, volunteers from First Christian Church Berryville served 56 families from Green Forest, Eureka Springs, Oak Grove, and Berryville. I did client intakes which involves checking eligibility. It is important that we make sure that people using the food shelf are authentically in need.

Most of these 56 families were comprised of people on old age social security or social security disability. The average income for a family of five was $1,095.00 a month. One single man came in for assistance; he was recovering from open heart surgery and pulled an oxygen tank behind him. I won't bore you with more sad stories but, rest assured, no one had a credit card I could cut up.

I agree with Womack that we need to cut spending. I don't think that anyone, Democrat, Independent, or Republican disagrees with that fact. But it does matter where we cut. Womack thinks we should take food away from the old and disabled and poor but let large agribusiness stay on welfare. I think that is indecent.

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this borders on the evil.steve womack needs professional help and nw arkansas needs a new congressman; one who cares about real people with real problems and not just corporations looking for tax breaks. indecent is the KINDEST word one could use to describe steve womack.

-- Posted by george60 on Sat, Nov 5, 2011, at 9:26 PM

WO Mack back up the defamation train. Good people have hit hard times as the rich have plundered the coffers. I have seen the people using the services of the food shelf, several are veterans. National Guard that have had a cut in income while fighting on foreign soils, now have come home to debt and lack of jobs due to the economy.

-- Posted by Code Blue on Mon, Nov 7, 2011, at 7:59 AM

Well I guess he could treat them like his kid who gets in trouble and busted with meth.......... Sway his punishment with the judge. It is what you can do him, not what he can do for you. Vote out him out he has fed from the public trough long enough.

-- Posted by No surprise on Tue, Nov 8, 2011, at 10:35 PM

The times I drive by F&L in Berryville, I see overweight people walking in, or cars waiting outside the gate for the place to open smoking and talking on their cell phones. Hand these folks applications to Tyson and get them working.

-- Posted by Atlas Shrugged on Fri, Nov 18, 2011, at 7:46 PM

Its hard not to judge folks when you hear stories told about them like that one.I pray GOD deals with him accordinly.

-- Posted by fabulosho on Tue, Nov 29, 2011, at 8:36 PM

The reaction by Steve Womack is no surprise to me. In fact,all the Republicans seem to be voting along party lines.They all need a reality check when it comes to the needs in this state. We are one of the poorer states and people here need help.Are they trying to starve their own constituants? This is beyond bizzare. Our voices need to be heard at the polls in November. Let's get back to business and stop the nonsense going on in Washington. We did not send the these congressmen to Washington to ignore the needs of their state.

-- Posted by ellej28 on Fri, Jan 6, 2012, at 3:29 AM

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