Jim Justice on Welfare & Poverty



We've got to say we're going to stop hunger in West Virginia

The one thing that we should absolutely do, especially with us doing how well we're doing right now is put a stake in the sand to some way say we're going to stop hunger in West Virginia. We need to do it. I gotta tell you this, and I want to offer up for us to do the million dollars again to our big food banks. We need to try with all in us to say, by God we're not going to have hungry people in West Virginia today.
Source: 2023 State of the State Address to the W.V. legislature , Jan 11, 2023

Fighting food insecurity is a big priority of mine

We continue to feed investment in our food banks. Fighting food insecurity has always been a big priority of mine. But it has been especially important during the pandemic. That is why I am incredibly proud to report that, in 2021 alone, we provided millions to food banks across West Virginia! Thanks to your help in the Legislature, we were able to put $1 million into last year's budget for our state's two biggest food banks. I will be respectfully requesting the same amount in my FY2023 budget.
Source: 2022 State of the State Address to West Virginia legislature , Jan 12, 2022

If we can't find money to fight hunger, then we're not much

We've got too many people all across our state that are hungry. I want absolutely to commit a million dollars to create more food pantries for people that are really out there and hurting.

In addition to that, I want to take $2 million and go to the Department of Education and put that into their Backpack Program. Can you imagine going home on Friday and know you're going to be hungry? If we can't find $2 million to help our kids and help the hungry, then we're not much of us.

Source: 2020 West Virginia State of the State address , Jan 8, 2020

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