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The number of Americans without enough to eat has reached the highest level since the federal government began keeping track 14 years ago. About 49 million people — including almost one of every four children — lived with hunger last year, according to a report released this week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That’s an increase of 13 million people since 2007, when the recession began.
The program is expanding by about 20,000 out-of-work and underemployed people a day, the Post reported, noting the growth has been swift in once-prosperous communities effected by the housing bust.