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If there is any indicator of the toll that the Great Recession has taken on the public, it would be the statistics beginning to emerge about hunger in the US.
According to a study from the nation's largest food bank operator, the number of Americans in need of food aid has jumped 46 percent in three years, including a 50 percent jump in the number of children needing food assistance, and a 64 percent increase in hunger in senior citizens' homes.
The study, Hunger in America 2010, found that 37 million people, or roughly one in eight US residents, received food aid in 2009. That's a 46 percent jump from a similar survey carried out in 2006.
Originally posted by Maddogkull
I am honestly not trying to be rude, but doesn’t America have one of the highest obesity rates in the world.....??? How can 46 percent be hungry/starving?
* Feeding America is annually providing food to 37 million Americans, including 14 million children. This is an increase of 46 percent over 2006, when we were feeding 25 million Americans, including 9 million children, each year.
* That means one in eight Americans now rely on Feeding America for food and groceries.
* Feeding America's nationwide network of food banks is feeding 1 million more Americans each week than we did in 2006.
* Thirty-six percent of the households we serve have at least one person working.
* More than one-third of client households report having to choose between food and other basic necessities, such as rent, utilities and medical care.
* The number of children the Feeding America network serves has increased by 50 percent since 2006.
Originally posted by dolphinfan
You have a couple of bums begging for food and then you have a queue of folks in the market buying food that working folks can't afford to buy with their food-stamps and wic money.
Fantastic experience to be food shopping and working a meal plan to see how you can stretch your food budget. Then go home and work to cook just as much as you need so that there won't be any left-overs/waste.
Then go to the market again and stand behind some person who is buying $40 of raspberrys and a couple of tubs of cool whip and paying for them in foodstamps.