Hunger Grows During Recession (VIDEO)

This video take us to the Manna Food Center in Gaithersburg, Md., which has seen a 45 percent increase in the number of patrons in the last two years. The stock market may be going up, but the lines of people needing food are longer than ever.

photo credit: A Tree is Nice via flickr

49 comments

Lynn C.
Lynn C7 years ago

Well of course more and more people are hungry, and not only here but all over the planet. What is even more obvious is the waste. Addressing both issues would, I think, help solve the hunger problem. There are gleaning programs in place in various locals. Would like to see something more about them.

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Nellie K A.
Nellie K Adaba7 years ago

There needs to be another way for everyone to have food. The government needs to change. No one should be denied jobs, which they need to support themselves to survive, thrive and live - sustain themselves.

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Eli Is Here
.7 years ago

Our government's too d*^n busy taking care of everyone else's needs!!

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Walter G.
Walter G7 years ago

Ah, yes, our government is too busy attending to teh needs of people outside its borders to take care of its own. November is coming.

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Lorelai Ross
Lorelai Ross7 years ago

It is not fun to go to the food bank. You always wonder if someone else in line needs the food even worse than you do. Yet, the food banks are lifelines for the elderly, the disabled, families with children, and the unemployed. More people than you think fallthrough the gaps and have no other help. Those who do have other help are often drastically underserved. We shouldn't have people going hungry in America, but we do. And it is a shame. A National shame. I hope we do not see the days of farmers destroying crops and livestock to preserve profit margins like happened in the 30s.

And Marilyn L is right, re: smarmy hope and change comments, you can't expect someone to pick up decades worth of built up mess in a year and a half. It is expecting instant miracles. The real world does not work on that kind of magical thinking. I may not like everything Obama has done, but at least he is thoughtful and intelligent, with an eye to the future.

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Zoraida Colon-collado
Zoraida colon7 years ago

The idea of the recipients of food putting in volunteer time at the food bank, (or other social service organization), they use is wonderful if it could be coordinated with everyone involved. As for fresh produce, we have many farmers markets in our area. They could have one day for the needy to come and pick up a bag of various fruits and vegetables which would go bad if left out for another day or so. Someone in your community, (you?), could go to these vendors and arrange the day, then send out notices to all the food banks to send their people there for produce at that time. They could sign up and earn points for work done and use them for other items, like toothpaste, toilet paper, soap at neighborhood stores. Bartering with your time is just as good as money, maybe better because they will make social contacts that might turn into jobs. This allows the needy person to save face and have pride in the fact that they are earning their keep, and gives the community much needed volunteer service they could not afford to pay for. Win-win! I love this. Will start coordinating in my neighborhood today.

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shirley ..
shirley plummer7 years ago

What a crime whan super markets destroy so much food everyday

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shirley ..
shirley plummer7 years ago

What a crime when super markets destroy so much food everyday

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Phyllis Bjornberg-Haut

it is shameful that anyone in this country should be hungry let alone the world. there is enough for everyone, why do we pay farmers not to grow, why do we destroy an abundance of crops............NO ONE SHOULD BE HUNGRY!!!!

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Beng Kiat Low
low beng kiat7 years ago

Thanks

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