Gov. Tony Evers recently released a preliminary 2019-2021 State Biennial Executive Budget. We as hunger and poverty advocates are keenly aware of the impact to vulnerable families when funding or qualifications are increased or decreased for critical, life-stabilizing programs such as FoodShare or Medicaid.
Milwaukee’s Hunger Task Force, a leading Wisconsin hunger advocate, knows too well the impact of poverty on children and the importance of changing the potential trajectory of those who grow up at a disadvantage. The Hunger Task Force is hosting statewide budget workshops to help educate citizens and the nonprofit sector about the current budget and how to advocate for change. A workshop will be held Saturday at Kenosha Human Development Services.
In Wisconsin, 1 in 6 children live in poverty, and far too many families are struggling to put food on the table. Over 200,000 Wisconsin children live in poverty, yet we continue to rank last in the nation for offering school breakfast to children. We must do better for our children and our neighbors.
State policies can have an immediate impact on those struggling with hunger in our community. Just as we donate food to help others, there are times when we must raise our voices to ensure vulnerable families are protected. We need your help to make sure our state budget does not increase hunger in our schools and those struggling in our city.
Wisconsin has a biennial budget. This means that the state budget process occurs every two years. Wisconsin is currently working on the state budget for 2019-21. The governor proposed his ideas for the state budget in his budget address in February 28, 2019. The governor’s budget will impact how the school breakfast program works in Wisconsin, and will impact food aid for nearly 400,000 Wisconsin families. The Joint Finance Committee will hold hearings across the state to hear from us on how the budget impacts issues that we care about.
Now is the time to raise our voices to make sure the final budget reflects the values of Kenosha. We are stronger when we work together. Join us at the “How the State Budget Impacts Hunger in Wisconsin Workshop” on Saturday at Kenosha Human Development Services, 5407 Eighth Ave. In the workshop, we will talk about what is included in the state budget and how the budget process works. We will discuss how we can have a collective impact to make sure no child goes to school hungry in Wisconsin and work to protect vulnerable families in Wisconsin.
All are invited to attend the workshop, according to Maureen Fitzgerald, director of advocacy for the Hunger Task Force, Milwaukee.
Sharon Pomaville is the executive director of the Sharing Center Inc. in Trevor.