“Davis lives in St. Charles County, one of the wealthiest districts in Missouri. If she doesnt see hunger and poverty where she lives, in her mind it doesnt exist.”
— ChattahBox, “Republican Missouri Rep. Derides Gov. Spending to Feed Hungry Children: They can Get Free Food at Church or Get a Job!” June 22, 2009.
“Davis is correct, hunger can be a motivator. One hopes it ‘motivates’ folks to replace her next election, those that hunger for better leadership in Missouri.”
— Comment by garyro on June 23rd, 2009 8:39 am at ChattahBox.com.
“As a region the South has the largest number of children going hungry. Of the 10 states with the highest rates of food insecure children under 5 years of age, eight are in the South: Louisiana has the highest rate (24.2 percent) of food insecurity in the country followed by North Carolina (24.1), Ohio (23.8), Kentucky (23.3), Texas (23.3), New Mexico (23.3), Kansas (20.9), South Carolina (20.7), Tennessee (20.4), Idaho (20.2), Arkansas (20), West Virginia (19.8), and Missouri (19.8).
“Totalling the number of food insecure children for the 13 Southern states included in the Institute for Southern’s Studies coverage map, the data provided by Feeding America shows that more than 4.7 million children face hunger in the South – 1.2 million of those are under the age of five.”
— From “5 Million Children Going Hungry in the South,” The Institute for Southern Studies.”
“In her June newsletter, State Rep. Cynthia Davis (R-MO) provided several commentaries to a press release from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services on a summer food program. The program provides ‘food during the summer for thousands of low-income Missouri children who rely on the school cafeteria for free or reduced-price meals during the regular school year.’ Davis, who serves as the chairwoman of the Missouri House Special Standing Committee on Children and Families, questioned whether the program is ‘warranted,’ and extolled the hidden benefits of child hunger:
“Whos buying dinner? Who is getting paid to serve the meal? Churches and other non-profits can do this at no cost to the taxpayer if it is warranted. […] Bigger governmental programs take away our connectedness to the human family, our brotherhood and our need for one another. […] Anyone under 18 can be eligible? Cant they get a job during the summer by the time they are 16? Hunger can be a positive motivator. What is wrong with the idea of getting a job so you can get better meals? Tip: If you work for McDonalds, they will feed you for free during your break. […] It really is all about increasing government spending, which means an increase in taxes for us to buy more free lunches and breakfasts.”
— Lee Fang, Think Progress.org, June 21, 2009.
“The State of Missouri’s Children 2009,” (.pdf file), Center for Family Policy and Research, University of Missouri-Columbia, January 2009.
“Statistics on Poverty in Missouri & the US,” National Center for Children in Poverty fact sheet.