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Smart Talk: Hunger in Central PA; Flanders Fields 100th

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Nov 5, 2015 9:45 AM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Thursday, November 5, 2015:

The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank provides meals to almost 50,000 people each week or 453,000 annually in its 27 county service area.

Of the clients who the Food Bank serves, 86% live in households that are "food insecure" meaning all people at all times don't have access to enough food for an active, healthy life.

About 65% of client households have incomes that fall at or below the federal poverty level.

Why are there so many people in Central Pennsylvania who don't have enough food to eat?  It goes back to the Great Recession that began in 2007.  Eight years later, many families haven't recovered.

WITF is partnering with Wegmans and the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank Thursday to raise money to provide meals for those in need.

Joining us on Smart Talk to discuss hunger are Brad Peterson, Director Communications and Marketing for the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and Bob Finn, the store manager at Wegmans in Mechanicsburg.

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Bob Finn with Wegmans, and Brad Peterson with Central Pennsylvania Food Bank

One-hundred years ago, much of the world was at war fighting what was known as The Great War or as it was later called -- World War I.  The U.S. didn't enter the war until 1917, but our closest allies were already engaged in the fighting.  That included Canada. 

A Canadian military doctor, Maj. John McCrae, was inspired to write the iconic poem In Flanders Fields after witnessing the death of a close friend.   

Next Tuesday, Canada's Ambassador to the United States and the Canadian Consul-General, stationed in New York will lead a special event at the World War I trenches at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle.  

Appearing on Thursday's Smart Talk to talk about the poem and the war is Dr. Michael Neiberg, Chair of War Studies and Professor of History at the U.S. Army War College.

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In Flanders Field by John McCrae

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

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