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Community Conversation: Hunger and Democracy in Boulder County
Saturday, November 18, 2017, 2:30 PM until 4:30 PM
St. Andrew Presbyterian Church
3700 Baseline Rd.
Boulder, CO 80303
Our panelists are
Without access to nutritious, affordable food, how does anyone have the time and energy to exercise the right to vote? In Boulder County about 40,500 individuals, including 10,630 children, lack food security. (The Colorado average is 12.9%.)
With a focus on Making Democracy Work for All the LWVBC’s Social Policy Team is considering issues other than direct access to the ballot box that suppress voter participation. One of those issues is food security. We are investigating Boulder County policies that affect the availability of affordable and nutritionally appropriate food for our fellow citizens.
Consider how (and why) we expect a single mom with a child and a minimum-wage job to find the time and energy to be a regular participant in the voting process, let alone be a “well-informed” voter? She is struggling day to day to make her paycheck cover her and her child’s basic needs—including good, nutritious food.
How is a father working two jobs going to find the time and energy to vote? And how is anyone who has gone without adequate food—having eaten nothing more than a few stale crackers because that’s all that’s left in the pantry, or because their children need the food more, and because the paycheck or social security check won’t arrive for another three days.