by Max Brantley
A blog on the Carroll County news site reports that workers in local food banks got a cool reception from U.S. Rep. Steve Womack when they visited him in Washington to plead a case for support for feeding those in need.
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."
Last week Steve Womack voted against a bill that would end subsidies to corporate farms that report more than $1,500,000.00 in annual revenue. In Arkansas, these subsidies amount to about $500,000,000.00 dollars a year. 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.