Ronald Reagan called the EITC “the best anti-poverty, the best pro-family, the best job creation measure to come out of Congress.” The EITC helps bridge the gap between low-wage earnings and the costs of meeting basic needs for over 22 million households. It lifts almost 7 million Americans — including 3.3 million children — above the poverty line.
Many of us in the Holland-Zeeland area are involved in efforts to feed people, to insure they have food on the table and in the cupboard. We fill food closets and Thanksgiving baskets at church and at social service agencies. We raise funds for the CROP Walk. We give a dollar or a can of food at the grocery check-out. We work at Angel Food or Feeding America distribution sites. But we also need to work toward federal laws that improve the financial stability of families, policies and programs that will reduce poverty and, therefore, hunger.
Bread for the World, a national anti-hunger and anti-poverty advocacy organization, urges you to write your senators and members of Congress now. In fact, our own Sen. Debbie Stabenow, as a member of both the Senate budget and finance committees, sits in a strategic position in these tax discussions . Please let her, as well as Senator Levin and your representative in the House, know that In the midst of the debate in Congress over which taxes to change, which to reduce, and which to raise, the needs of low-income people must not be lost.
Resident of Holland and a member of the local chapter of Bread for the World