News Release

Billions to Military While School Lunch Program Expires


Motherly reports: “Congress is letting free school lunch program expire for 10 million children.”

Politico reports: “The Senate Armed Services Committee has endorsed a $45 billion increase to President Joe Biden’s military spending plans in its annual defense policy bill, blowing past the administration’s Pentagon budget for a second straight year.”

McHenry is co-founder of the global Food Not Bombs movement. He said today: “When the USDA reports that over 6 million children are already going without adequate food, how can we cut the school lunch program yet add $45 billion in military spending above President Biden’s already criminal $813 billion request? As the economy crashes millions more children are sure to go hungry. I get calls everyday from desperate families seeking food. We are already struggling to keep up with the need. We have been providing the families at one of our local school districts with groceries and we are only 45 minutes away from the headquarters of Google and Facebook. This spells disaster for the future of the United States. Real national security would be ending hunger and homelessness not delivering hundreds of billions in our tax dollars to the arms industry.”

McHenry has a regular segment on the radio program “Flashpoints” on KPFA, “Foodfight: the Life and Death Battle Against Hunger and Houslessness,”

Food Not Bombs provides free meals. Some governments have tried to stop them. See past IPA news releases: “Santa Cruz Threatens to Evict Food Not Bombs” and “Food Not Bombs Wins Against City Gov Trying to Stop Free Meals; Other Battles Continue.”