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FEEDBACK:  On protecting the SNAP program; Remembering the past

FEEDBACK:  On protecting the SNAP program; Remembering the past

Pat Walker, North Charleston: “Although food insecurity affects more than 17 percent of people in South Carolina, it is often hard to see.  When a child can’t focus at school because they didn’t have dinner the night before or breakfast that morning, it isn’t always clear that hunger is driving their distraction – but it is oftentimes the culprit.”

Also: Bryan Harrison of Charleston on remembering the past.

by · 10/06/2017 · Commentary, Feedback
BRACK:  South Carolina is still hungry

BRACK:  South Carolina is still hungry

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher  |   Summer’s bounty of everything from juicy red tomatoes to eggplants, squashes and corn fill farm stands and grocery stores across the state.  At this time of year, you’ve never seen so much good fresh food.

But its availability belies a cold, hard fact:  South Carolina is hungry despite decades of food assistance programs.  But without them, things would be way, way worse.

Ninety-two-year-old Thelma McKay Dudley of Darlington remembers growing up hungry in the Depression as her family moved from one sharecropper cabin to another, year after year.

“We grew up mostly on fatback and grits,” she said this week.  “Sometimes we had an egg.”  There were always biscuits, but if the flour ran out, she, two sisters and parents would eat lace cornbread.  A savior in her home, just as in millions of rural households across the South, was the family garden. 

by · 07/07/2017 · Andy Brack, Commentary