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posted on Nov, 22 2007 @ 09:34 AM
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New York hunger levels 'rising'


news.bbc.co.uk

Over 1.3 million people, one in six New Yorkers, cannot afford enough food, with queues at soup kitchens getting longer, anti-poverty groups say.

The New York City Coalition Against Hunger says the number of people who use food pantries and soup kitchens in the city increased by 20% in 2007.

Some of the food distribution points are struggling to meet demand.
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posted on Nov, 22 2007 @ 09:34 AM
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I really don't know how the richest country can sleep at night, I really don't understand.

In Europe, we have many services that help the poor and those who are not well off, but I am struggling to give an opinion on this story.

I'm speechless.

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posted on Nov, 22 2007 @ 09:42 AM
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Originally posted by infinite
In Europe, we have many services that help the poor and those who are not well off, but I am struggling to give an opinion on this story.


I believe those sort of services are a feature of socialism. Americans tend to equate socialism with communism. Americans are deathly afraid of communism. Therefore Americans are deathly afraid of socialism.

My 0.02 Euros.



posted on Nov, 22 2007 @ 09:52 AM
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And while U.K. homes throw away "only" One Third of the food bought and never eaten - in the United States that level is higher: HALF of the food is thrown away! Yet on the other side - there is 37 Million Poor Hidden in the Land of Plenty...



posted on Nov, 22 2007 @ 09:55 AM
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How could this be, democracts socialists have ran that city for a century no one should have a care in the world there by now! I don't understand.



posted on Nov, 22 2007 @ 09:59 AM
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A lot of it has to do with NIMBY - Not In My Back Yard.

The people who can actually afford to feed themselves don't want the reminders in their neighborhoods that there are people who cannot. So there aren't enough food providers around.

And it's simple greed. This country's been brainwashed by consumerism and fear. It's more important to have a brand new car every four years, the latest XBox or Play Station as soon as it arrives, and an entirely new wardrobe each fashion season than it is to feed the hungry.

Blame it on trickle-down economics. Thanks, Ronnie Ray-Gun.



posted on Nov, 22 2007 @ 10:16 AM
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the not in my back yard theory is actually very true in these states .plus you got all these people in the media specifically tv making you think that middleclass is majority of country this is a falicy. middle class starts at 75 to 200 thousand dollars a year in my state the only people making that kinda money are white collar ie management. i have worked in my community for 20 years and just barely break 38 thousand and i have one of the higher paying jobs in my community. we only have 4 places in community that pay blue collar workers more than 10 dollars an hour and the city isn't one of them. right now we are dealinng with runaway devlopment that is forcing people out of homes and jobs and school all because we l ive in an area close to two rivers. local town took local blueberry farm so a deloper could dig it up and make man made lake toput a bunch of 1million dollar condos around it. if you are poor in america you ain't crap in the eyes of the moderately well off.



posted on Nov, 22 2007 @ 12:46 PM
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Got to love the starving American stories on Thanksgiving. Mandatory media fare. It's Thanksgiving...got to go out and interview a homeless person! It's a Holiday Tradition!

Looking for someone to blame? How about the homeless and the hungry themselves? Stop abusing the drugs and alcohol, stop looking for handouts, and get a freaking job. Do something to earn your way, and stop being burdens to society.



posted on Nov, 22 2007 @ 02:14 PM
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Originally posted by MajorMalfunction

Blame it on trickle-down economics. Thanks, Ronnie Ray-Gun.


I agree with you Major.



posted on Nov, 23 2007 @ 10:22 PM
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Rent in New York is astronomical. The cost of living is so high only the rich can afford to live there anymore. That's one of the reasons the homeless population is so large. I'm not sure about the 1 in 6 estimate for the hungry, though. There have been some cutbacks in food stamps, but there are still many food pantries. The BBC states that demand at the pantries is up, but doesn't say they are completely depleted. Unless you--or your parents--are so disorganized you can't or don't know how to apply for food stamps or get to a food pantry, there shouldn't be that much of a hunger problem, at least in theory. I hope the statistics are incorrect.

I lived in New York for ten years and loved it. But the cost of living was one of the reasons I left.



posted on Nov, 25 2007 @ 03:12 AM
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I bet you have the audacity to call yourself a Christian too.





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