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Hunger in America, By the Numbers

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Last year, 17.2 million households in the United States were food insecure, the highest level on record, as the Great Recession continued to wreak havoc on families across the country.

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. (0)
Saturday November 26, 2011, 11:44 am
There never has been a reason for this to occur. Feeding the hungry is one of the easiest acts someone can do for another person.
One of 10 dozen ways is: ask all food producers to donate one half of a percent of their year profits to food shelters, and or hunger organizations. What should that amount to from the biggest producers alone, nationwide, 5 million dollars?

Agnes N (703)
Saturday November 26, 2011, 2:50 pm
Thanks Kit..that's too many of number...CHEER!!!

Kit B (276)
Saturday November 26, 2011, 3:54 pm

One thing is for certain Allan, a little charity and kindness can change the world. Though as deeply as this grown, I think more then 5 million would be needed to help those who actually have no way of helping themselves.

Saturday November 26, 2011, 4:08 pm
I find this extremely troubling that a nation like the United States has such a large percentage of households facing food insecurity. There is money for war, there seems to be available funds for all kinds of things, except what matters which is food, housing, education, health care, etc. Speaks volumes to what the nation truly stands for. Thanks for posting Kit.

Jae A (316)
Saturday November 26, 2011, 4:24 pm
The GOP and their party of Insanitea/SiegHeil have accomplished their mission.

There will always be money for war as long as there are Federal taxes being's what our new economy is based on...our number one product is war and with zero compassion/love/concern for others at the helm. Be sure and email/call/write your rightcrazywing fascist in Congress to let them know they have accomplished their mission on taking us into the dark ages of humanity...with war and unjustice for all ...except for the 1% of the richest of Americans. After all, that's who Congress is fighting for daily. As are the U.S. troops around the world...through no fault of their own.

GOP...SiegHeil !

Terry King (113)
Saturday November 26, 2011, 5:56 pm
I hate the term " food insecure"! These poor people are hungry and desperate! The Republicans don't give a rats ass... It's up to us to make this right!

Marco C (31)
Saturday November 26, 2011, 6:20 pm
Every community is different, but I am pleased that I can make a contribution to the local food bank everytime I stand at the checkout counter. I take pleasure giving everytime I make a purchase.

I agree with Terry, we need to make this right. Do what you can to help whomever you can while admonishing our government officials for their insensitivity as people and then heap it on for not taking direction from their constituents as constituents.

What a disgusting track record for such a huge church going population. What is being preached? or is it that no one listens?

Penelope P (222)
Saturday November 26, 2011, 10:03 pm
The food onsecure used to suffer from malnuitrition-Why the hell not use the old word anglo saxon I think-"starving"

Oddly enough the original apologist for our global system 0n "Wealth of Nations forsaw the inevitable decline of living standards under the system and warned that unregulated business would contrive to defraud the public

Ben O (171)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 4:37 am
"...In 2010, 48.8 million people lived in food-insecure households.
11.3 million adults lived in households with very low food security.
16.2 million children lived in food-insecure households..."
-Un-freaking-believable, that's what it is!

Ben O (171)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 4:40 am
The Hunger site; -Click to give FREE food!

Ben O (171)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 4:44 am
Help US feed the poor - It's for FREE!

Kit B (276)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 8:10 am

True Ben, anyone can go to many "click to donate" sites and get daily reminders via their email. No one is unable to assist only some are unwilling to be bothered. As Marco said, each of us can assist in a effort to aid the local food banks, one simple way is to donate even one can of food each time you shop. Because of changes in the tax-code and current thinking about those who are living on the edge of starvation many find food bank shelves are near empty. That should be a source of outrage, instead it is largely ignored and the true victims of this financial slaughter are the very poor. Donate food give a half hour of your time each week and discover for yourself what people in your community are forced to suffer through every day. For the most part these people are invisible to most, forced to live not only on the edge of starvation but on the edges of society. I can not post a story that will fully encompass the full pain and tragedy of the poor in this or any country. You can take some time and reach out to give of yourself. That will cost you only a tiny bit of compassion.

Mary Anne Bell (202)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 10:08 am
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Sunday, November 27, 2011

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Bob hardly here P (394)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 10:31 am
thanks for sharing this Kit

Rita White (55)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 10:41 am
noted, thanks

Kit B (276)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 10:53 am

Heads up Lily - This is an article about people in America that are starving not your personal one stop for yapping about your republican/T party nonsense. For those of us who do actually read the news articles presented by Care2 members and other articles about current affairs, your "articles" are waste of time. They are one-sided BS and not to be trusted as actual impartial, informative sources.

Barbara K (60)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 11:05 am
Thanks for posting, Kit. Too bad that the Lily doesn't know her facts, but then the teabaggers were never concerned with the truth anyway. They don't care that people are starving. They got theirs, now they want ours. Democrats are way ahead of the thugs.

Mary Anne Bell (202)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 11:07 am
Now now Kitten, you complain but seem to omit any facts.

Mary Anne Bell (202)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 11:09 am
"Democrats are way ahead of the thugs. "

I wouldn't go so far as to say that.

Kit B (276)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 11:11 am

It's always so easy to tell who is READING the articles and who is just trolling for attention.

Al D. (0)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 11:11 am
What a crock!!! "Food insecure" is not quite the same thing as going without food. It is mostly some bureaucrat's reckoning and standards so that he/she can justify his job. Please, people, get a freaking clue. I am poor. I would have no trouble getting food if I needed to. I could easily go to any number of food banks and get all the food that I needed. Please try to use your left brain to analyze and think clearly before it atrophies.

Al D. (0)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 11:13 am
NO ONE in America is starving. This is a big, fat lie to justify some charity or government bureaucrat. We have food banks. We have government commodities handouts. We have food stamps.

Kit B (276)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 11:18 am

I have no idea who this Al D is - as there is a blank profile page, but here are some actual FACTS.

17.2 million: The number of households that were food insecure in 2010, the highest number on record. They make up 14.5 percent of households, or approximately one in seven.

48.8 million: People who lived in food insecure households last year.

3.9 million: The number of households with children that were food insecure last year. In 1 percent of households with children, “one or more of the children experienced the most severe food-insecure condition measured by USDA, very low food security, in which meals were irregular and food intake was below levels considered adequate by caregivers.”

6.4 million: Households that experienced very low food security last year, meaning “normal eating patterns of one or more household members were disrupted and food intake was reduced at times during the year because they had insufficient money or other resources for food.”

55: The percentage of food-insecure households that participated in one or more of the three largest Federal food and nutrition assistance programs (SNAP, WIC, School lunch program).

19.4: The percentage of food insecure households in Mississippi, which had the highest rate in the nation last year.

3.6 percent: The amount by which food prices increased last year.

30 percent: The amount by which food insecurity grew during the Great Recession.

44: The percentage increase in households using food pantries between 2007 and 2009.

20 million: The number of children who benefit from free and reduced lunch per day.

10.5 million: The number of eligible children who don’t receive their free and reduced lunch benefits.

$167.5 billion: The amount that the U.S. lost in 2010 due to hunger (lost educational attainment + avoidable illness + charitable giving to fight hunger). This doesn't take into account the $94 billion cost of SNAP and other food programs.

8: The number of states (FL, TX, CA, IL, NY, OH, PA, GA) where the annual cost of hunger exceeds $6 billion.

Even more information is easily obtained from the Southern Poverty Law Centers. Then again, any one who believes food stamps are readily available wouldn't be interested in fact.

Kit B (276)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 11:24 am

I give of my own time to the North Texas Food Bank, which operates by people giving food and time to assist those in need. Still the state demands that only those living at 189% below the poverty level be given food. The facts vary from state to state but most food banks across America are in dire need to stock their shelves. People do not have jobs, their homes have been foreclosed and they and their children are need of shelter and food. You must live under the same rock as Lilith and his ilk.

Yes, people in America are starving, children go to bed hungry and this is no conspiracy, just a cruel, brutal reality.

Terry King (113)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 11:26 am
Al D.
If you get to Alameda by t way of the Park Street bridge, you drive past hundreds of desperate, hungry people every day! Open your eyes and your mind!

Mary Anne Bell (202)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 11:30 am
What's up with Alameda? Don't they have any shelters to feed the hungry. Now that IS pretty bad.

Al D. (0)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 11:31 am
Kit B., show me one case of someone actually starving. "Food insecure" is a hogwash term. It doesn't mean a freaking thing in light of all the private and governmental charities.

Terry King (113)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 11:33 am
FYI... I have flagged your posts for off topic baiting and trolling.

Al D. (0)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 11:35 am
Sorry folks, I have been reading the posts wrong; I didn't see the real comments at the bottom.

"Food insecure" is a phrase for a bureaucrat to bolster his/her job security. Last month we were having trouble putting food on our table, and I went to the local food bank. Yes, I was food insecure, and then I became food secure by going to the food bank. Why are you people so stupid as to not realize that you are being duped. You are the useful (and good hearted) idiots that Lenin spoke of.

Mary Anne Bell (202)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 11:36 am
Sure beats an intelligent response. Guess responses to your comments are taboo.

Kit B (276)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 11:39 am

True Terry. This is true all over the US, though each city and town does try to hide these unwanted people.

Terry King (113)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 11:40 am
I plead guilty to the charge of " good hearted idiot!

Mary Anne Bell (202)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 11:47 am
OK, I can go along with that.

Terrie Williams (798)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 11:50 am
We need some Troll spray....

Anyone who thinks there is no hunger or starvation in this country needs to be hogtied and carted through some of the neighborhoods that are barely surviving right now. My town is full of them. 'Food insecurity' DOES exist. And I have news for the trolls, they are neighborhoods you wouldn't think of as poor or 'lazy' or any of your other pathetic excuses you use for compassion. I hope it never happens to you. I hope it never happens to your parents or grandparents...or your children. A lot of these people work everyday, some at two jobs, just to feed their families and pay their rent/house payments.

Funny thing this town of mostly Rethuglican/Teabagging fools, one can see a lot of non-compassion and a lot of false pride. Gawd forbid they reach out and help their neighbors unless, of course, they belong to the same church or their kids are buddies with their kids. But help someone they don't know -- when pigs fly and hell freezes over -- maybe.

Yet, I also see people who DO reach out, regardless of their views, to others here and do what they can to help eachother. There ARE still some HUMAN BEINGS in this area who don't CARE what your religious views are or your political leaning. They just care that your kid gets a full belly or one has enough blankets to keep warm through the night. Some have gardens growing mostly year-round and share (yeah, a word not in the Fascist vocabulary) their bounty with others. They do this because they CARE and do not want to waste anything.

I have never seen the like of some here where they will refuse free fresh veggies because of their pride while their children go hungry. Insane.

Terry King (113)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 11:51 am
Your comment directed at me, although ignorant, was on topic and was not one I flagged.

Kit B (276)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 12:00 pm

Show you one case of starvation in America? Get off your back side and use 30 minutes of time donated to community out reach and you can "see" them for yourself. It matters little what term is used, people are without food and shelter and that is a FACT, one that most intelligent and humane Americans are aware of being a painful reality.

Al D. (0)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 12:02 pm
That's right, Terrie, we always harm people who we disagree with. /// I am poor. I have seen other people at the food bank. They sure as hell didn't look like refugees from Somalia, where there is real starvation. They looked fat to me. They were in fact fat.

Nancy M (197)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 12:04 pm
Thanks Kit for posting this. I have family members that get an annual "gift card" to the area grocery store just so they can have a holiday meal.

I find it very disheartening that some in this country would rather blame the poor for being poor and then bring down anyone working for the government, any teacher, any worker other than the executives in order to keep from raising taxes. There are a great deal of mean-spirited nasty people out there.

Barbara K (60)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 12:04 pm
I live in a small city and for the first time, I've been seeing starving people begging for food on the streets. I have given to them so they can at least buy a sandwich. Don't tell me there are not people starving in America, I see them every day in a city where there were none before the Bush meltdown.

Al D. (0)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 12:09 pm
My emails on this particular forum are more than 1 hour older than when I look at the forum directly. Consequently, it is too confusion to respond and I am leaving, without prejudice. (:->)

Mary Anne Bell (202)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 12:11 pm
The point is that there are numerous food shelters and the like throughout this country (excepting Alameda) and there are many people in need of food (much to many). There are also families who go hungry. This is especially troubling where helpless children are concerned.

Barbara K (60)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 12:13 pm
Nancy, I agree with you. As the wealthy got wealthy off the backs of the working class, they now despise anyone who they think is beneath them. They can't believe that there are people starving out here. They are busy hiding in their Ivory Towers. Watching the jokers running for President in the debates of late shows just how stupid and mean-spirited they are, along with their followers. Something needs to be done, this is America, people should not be starving on the streets here. Get the money out of politics, and that would go a long way, give it to the needy instead.

Kit B (276)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 12:23 pm

Interesting you brought up the gift cards for grocery stores, I have set aside some families that I know can not afford to pay their electric, are behind in the mortgage and all the sad stories we read about each day. My small contribution is to give out grocery store gift cards.

Terrie Williams (798)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 12:42 pm
And there are food banks that run out of food much too early and much too often. That is a FACT also. It happens in the big town across the river a lot.

And Al.......they may not act that way to others out there in California, but they damn sure do here. Ever stop to think their obesity is being caused by the food choices that are available to them, which are cheap junk full of crap one wouldn't feed an animal much less a human.

And with that, I am done feeding the trolls today.

Kit B (276)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 12:46 pm

I should have added that these people are not unemployed just paid very poor wages for long hours and no benefits. One trip to the doctor can completely destroy a family budget, and children will need to see a doctor. I do know these people and know just how careful they are with each penny spent.

No, we do not have numerous food banks or homeless shelters - do some actual FACT checking. If we did then we would not have have the problems of hungry families and tent cities. Geesh!

Past Member (0)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 12:53 pm
whatever her name is up there should know that not all cities and rural areas even have food banks and even the ones that do are not always stocked...some only give out bread items and a once a month box. making a healthy balanced meal for kids is more challenging..sure they can get bread but it isnt enough for growing children and pregnant and nursing moms. then there are some people that are too prideful..yes that is on them but people screaming that should got off their asses and get a job/or there is plenty of food need to walk a mile ...

Past Member (0)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 12:54 pm
whatever her name is up there should know that not all cities and rural areas even have food banks and even the ones that do are not always stocked...some only give out bread items and a once a month box. making a healthy balanced meal for kids is more challenging..sure they can get bread but it isnt enough for growing children and pregnant and nursing moms. then there are some people that are too prideful..yes that is on them but people screaming that should got off their asses and get a job/or there is plenty of food need to walk a mile ...

Nancy M (197)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 1:06 pm
Great comment Terrie about food banks running out of food. It is true here for sure. One of the area restaurants (a pizza and sandwich place) has free food on Thanksgiving day for a limited number of hours. Makes me want to go there more often to help support their business.

Also- I like the gift cards because I know that some people feel funny about receiving cash, or would do toher things with the money. And it is good to know that many grocery stores do offer them.

Irene M (18)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 1:12 pm
Ten Things You Can Do To Fight Hunger

Jesus identified himself with the hungry, the thirsty, the stranger, the naked, and the prisoner. Since we are called by our faith to be like Jesus, we too should identify with them. With that in mind, it is no stretch to make the claim that every Christian is called by Christ to do something about hunger. While it is true that not every Christian is called to do the same thing, each is called to do something.

Hunger is a complex and many-faceted tragedy that holds much of the world’s family in bondage. Because of the scope of hunger, many people feel there is nothing that one person can do. People often think the tragedy is too massive for one person’s action to be effective. That simply is not the case. Each of us can make an impact on behalf of our hungry brothers and sisters. Below are ten easy steps to help you fight the unnecessary evil of hunger:

PRAY: Pray for those of our human family who do not have sufficient food. Pray also for wisdom in discovering what you can do to help those who are hungry.

BECOME MORE INFORMED: Learn more about hunger. Read and study books, magazine articles, and newspaper stories dealing with hunger and related issues. Learn about hunger in your own community.

DISCUSS THE TRAGEDY OF HUNGER WITH YOUR FAMILY: It is important to help our families realize the scope of hunger. Take time to discuss the issues raised by living in a hungry world with those nearest you.

RAISE AWARENESS OF OTHERS: When you share what you learn about hunger with others, you will find out that you are not alone in your concern for the hungry. Many of your friends and neighbors are also looking for ways to help.

FORM A LOCAL HUNGER ACTION GROUP: Help interested people in your church and/or community to organize on behalf of the hungry. Working together provides inspiration and support to tackle hunger head-on.

CONTRIBUTE TO A HUNGER MINISTRY: Most hunger ministries provide high service return. Many spend every dollar donated on hunger relief.

WORK TOWARD A MORE RESPONSIBLE LIFE STYLE: Most of us can consume less of the world’s resources than we now use. We certainly can be less wasteful and more mindful of the needs of our hungry world.

BECOME AN ADVOCATE FOR THE HUNGRY: Speak on behalf of the hungry. They have little or no voice, but you can support public policies that help the hungry around the world, as well as around the corner.

VOLUNTEER: Most hunger relief organizations need the help of volunteers. Become involved in ministering directly to the needs of others by helping at a soup kitchen, food pantry, etc. You can even help salvage food from farmers' fields or grocery stores and deliver it to those in need.

START NOW: There is no better time to begin than right now. If you wait for a better time to come along, it probably won’t. Begin your fight against hunger right now. A journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step. Take the first step.

This problem exists in every country unfortunately.As Kit says buy something extra with your shopping and drop it in the food bin,this also applies to the animals food bin too!
Thank you Kit for this post.You are a wonderful advocate for human and animal welfare.Thank you.

Taken from:

Mary Anne Bell (202)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 1:15 pm
"No, we do not have numerous food banks or homeless shelters "

Maybe not in Lewisville but there are numerous charities offering food to the needy in the United States. Also you probably neglected to consider churches. Look up Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco fir a fine example..

Mary Anne Bell (202)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 1:16 pm

Kit B (276)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 1:27 pm

Not really interested in one example - offer me an example in every city and town in this country. I didn't say Lewisville - I did say North Texas Food Bank - try looking at that on a map. There are hundreds of thousands of people in North Texas and far too many that are in need of just the basics of life, food and shelter. Churches need to be far more in the action and are not. I have gone to many churches in the North Texas area to ask for help with the needed restocking of the Food Bank with almost no takers. For those few that do help, hand written notes of thanks are given by the food recipients and volunteers that do the work at the NTFB. So do try to keep your comments on target, one positive can not out weight the desperate needs in this country.

Stelizan L (258)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 1:29 pm
There are many more people going hungry in 'this day and age' than ever before! Do whatever you can, with what you have, right where you are - please just don't EVER do NOTHING! Here in South Africa it's very evident that the previous 'middle class' is fast becoming the 'new' poor class and it's NOT due to laziness or not being prepared to work all the time - many people will do any virtually any kind of job even if the income is far below what they were used to.

Kit B (276)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 1:30 pm

However, in Lewisville there is one organization that works to offer food, shelter and comfort to those in need. The CCA or Community Christian Action, they must be given kudos for their constant efforts, with minimum support from other churches, to work each day to ease the suffering.

Nancy M (197)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 1:31 pm
"Maybe not in Lewisville but there are numerous charities offering food to the needy in the United States. Also you probably neglected to consider churches. Look up Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco fir a fine example.. "


All those families with minimum wage jobs are really going to move to San Francisco just to be able to eat from a food bank.

What matters is whether there is help where you actually ARE not at some large expensive city that you are not going to move to.

Kit B (276)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 1:37 pm

Right you are Nancy.

Glide is an international ministry and has a number of out posts across the US as all those who work the improvised already know. That a robust city like San Francisco is often used as example of how they work in every city is just glossy insincerity polished as concern.

Mary Anne Bell (202)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 1:40 pm
Alright already, Lewisville, TX and Blmgtn, IN offer no assistance to the hungry or homeless.So noted.

Norm C (74)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 1:40 pm
Charity, to quote Darth Cheney, "is a matter of personal morality." Charity has never changed the systemic paradigm of any political or economic culture that created the need for charity. Neither has philanthropy. In fact they only perpetuate it. While charity and philanthropy are virtuous acts by the giver, they do little beyond emergency "first aid" for the recipients. Hunger, poverty, disease, etc. are rarely cured by ad hoc band-aids that treat symptoms.

To suggest that solutions to hunger, poverty and homelessness are shelters and food banks is directly comparable to "let them eat cake" and "are there no prisons?" A pox on all latter day Marie Antoinettes (although there are questions as whether she actually said that) and pre-enlightenment Ebenezer Scrooges.

Mary Anne Bell (202)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 1:43 pm
Couldn't agree more.

Elle B (84)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 1:44 pm
Thank-you Kit for an astute and relevant article on our fellow citizens. Some words frompast US presidents:

"The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." — Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt

"Better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference." — Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt

"Should any political party attempt to abolish social security unemployment insurance and eliminate labor laws and farm programs you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group of course that believes you can do these things. Among them are a few other Texas oil millionaires and an occasional politician or business man from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid."
— Pres. Dwight D. Eisenhower

In response to the usual stupid misinformation posted by time wasting distractors and petty tyrants:

“She was a stirrer of the pot, a lover of intrigue and distress, a creature who seemed to draw oxygen from the spectacle of people at each other's throat, everybody in a state of upset and talking about her.” ― David Gilmour, The Film Club: A True Story of a Father and Son

URL's and brief descriptions of content on "polled" topics.
[copy of a separate small sample CNN/ORC phone poll on trust w/ the economy]

Headline: CNN Poll: More Americans trust Obama on economy over Republicans in Congress
NOTE: Hyperlink provided in article body to: ABC/Washington Post Poll being cited

[Link for Results of ABC/Washington Post Poll released and referenced in both articles: ]

Following are typical distorted reports [on same poll results] prepared in alliance with: CPAC/Americans for Prosperity/CATO/Heritage Foundation/Mercatus/National Taxpayer Union/American Enterprise Institute/American Crossroads GPS/A.L.E.C./Club for Growth [KILL] ET AL --- POLITICAL PARROTS non-news agencies disseminate the biased misinformation to the public in their efforts to promote their convoluted conglomerate John Birch/Whacked Branch of Libertarians/AustrianSchoolEconMBM/Neo-Con/Evangelicals for Profit illusory ideologies only the truly delusional would ever buy at face value and have been rejected at the polls by "the majority of Americans" whenever placed on ballots for what they really are.


Headline: Poll: Americans Trust GOP, Not Obama on Economy

NOTE: NO hyperlink provided in body to: ABC/Washington Post poll cited/referenced in article.

#4 economy

Headline: "New Poll: Americans Trust GOP, Not Obama on Economy"

Only Very Cherry Picked Results regurgitated from NEWMAX in a very brief mention article by By Henry J. Reske, from News Max:

"While a new Washington Post-ABC News poll show that 75 percent agree with the idea that millionaires should have their taxes raised, support of his jobs plan is at 52 percent.

Additionally, Republicans lead Obama 46 to 39 percent when respondents were asked who they trust more to deal with taxes, a reversal from April when the numbers were 47 to 42 percent in Obama’s favor."

NOTE: NO hyperlink to actual poll cited in article. Fox article from Newsmax writer. This is typical and then the right-wings blogs/orgs all rubber-stamp and parrot the same across the internet. So the usual flow goes: political orgs>Newsmax/Fox or Fox/Newsmax>blogs/internet/radio/other media. The above-mentioned cache of political orgs re-post and re-cite it as well. And there you have a little sampler on how to propagandize and mislead.

[separate poll issue]
Headline: "Nearly Two-Thirds of Americans Want Deficit Reduction Plan to Be Combination of Budget Cuts, Tax Increases"
NOTE: This poll article contains direct hyper-link to reference citied:

Released: November 17, 2011
Obama Job Approval Improves, GOP Contest Remains Fluid
Continued Lackluster Ratings for Republican Field


Mary Anne Bell (202)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 1:48 pm
Appears that someone is getting paid by the word.

Kit B (276)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 1:58 pm

Thank you Elle - I have often wondered if the reason Ike is most often quoted by democrats and not republicans is that he was so clearly a shining example of socialism in practice.

Norm, a couple of biographers claim her statement was "Can't they cake?" which was a mealy compound and not a frosted cake of modern day. We have to remember that was a woman that grew up in one isolated palace and transferred to another for the political convenience of her family the Habsburgs and the French Bourbon royal family. She had about as much knowledge of the plight of the common French family as Darth Cheney has of any American family not elevated to his isolated world.

I do believe I covered the status of the CCA in Lewisville and addressed the Glide Church foundation. So please take your sandbox and toys and go home.

Nancy M (197)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 2:50 pm
Elle, the David Gilmour quote was particularly good.

It is true Norm that food banks and homeless shelters are truly NOT the long term answer. But in the short term they are better than the alternative.

There many fine organizations in this area that do both, though less so statewide. Sp[ace and food is limited and yes, it runs out. Also, it doesn't make up for the lack of jobs and the low wages of those with jobs.

Tim Redfern (581)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 3:00 pm
Al D:
"Are there no workhouses, no prisons, to house the excess population?".
-Ebenezer Scrooge.

Past Member (0)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 3:04 pm
In Arizona, many of our own children go to bed hungry. Illegals immigrants take the jobs away from us.
This is why we are so much against illegals. If we could take care of our own, we could be generous.
But the illegals take the food away from our children while they pop out more and more children of their own.

Our children go through waste baskets trying to find food to take home to their siblings. Teachers have to prevent our children from saving back part of their lunch to take home to their brothers and sisters.

Phyllis P (237)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 3:08 pm
What a telling story. Thanks Kit. You are a great source of information and revelation.

Yvonne White (229)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 3:08 pm
Speaking of Hunger in America - I think we should all Stop Feeding the Trolls!;)

Vallee R (280)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 3:21 pm
This has been a long comment section - all I can say is that I live n the poorest county in Colorado, USA. There are churches who give out food as they can - about every other month as I can surmise - and the only food banks are held maybe 1x monthly and you have to be there about 6 AM and pray they still have something when they get to you - disability services only help if you make under about $800 a month (who can live on that?). When I lived in San Luis, CO I was able to get free food monthly and free clothes 1x monthly - doesn't make sense - but there are starving kids and families out there whether we want to believe it or not and a not to Lilith - this is NOT Republican or Democratic related but rather the globalists and their desire on dominance.

Mary Anne Bell (202)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 4:22 pm
Thank you Zee. People should take note.

. (0)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 4:47 pm
Al D, obviously you aren't poor enough to be living on the edge. An edge where going to food banks (so many of which are receiving far too little in donations these days due to the economy) is a routine happening for you. Here in the U.S. we certainly don't have the multitudes literally starving to death that we see in some third-world countries; however, hunger exists.

I used to work at HealthSouth at its main hospital campus. There were a number of elderly volunteers who worked 40 hours a week at the hospital - once I asked several why they worked so many volunteer hours there and they said it was because they couldn't easily get jobs at their ages, didn't have enough money to make ends meet, and if they worked 40 full volunteer hours a week at the hospital they would get one free meal a day. And they managed to stretch that one meal ticket a day by buying the cheapest things on the menu so they could get extra food to take home for dinner. Some literally were working 40 hours a week just for food.

. (0)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 4:53 pm
And what you say is true, Val. This isn't a Republican vs. Democrat issue. The hungry have always been with us, no matter which party has been in control.

Mary Anne Bell (202)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 4:57 pm
Margaret, being a country girl, I might not have the worldly perspective that you do. But I try my best.

Elle B (84)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 5:49 pm
The private non-profits scattered across the nation couldn't carry the load before the grand how could they possibly do it now? There have always been many starving families in this country. The fact that so many are unaware of this, is the result of massive public misinformation. As other posts here accurately convey...some regions have excellent networks and organizations providing resources to those in need, while other areas have next to none and what they do have is inadequate. Recipient criteria varies as well as resources provided. We had everything we needed in place as a nation to provide for everyone...PURE GREED and IGNORANCE disrupted that infrastructure. WE ARE THE GOVERNMENT and WE HAVE A RIGHT TO TAKE CARE OF EACH OTHER IF WE SO CHOOSE. I'm just sick and tired of this nonsense. We are spitting on the graves and wisdom of all the ancestors who worked tirelessly, and gave their lives to leave us a heritage of fighting to grow an honorable democracy. We cannot let everything they fought for slip away to a bunch of fantasizing, profiteering, bloated-ego,greed mongers. If all we have the ability to do is meet everyone's basic needs then that is all we should do. That is not the case...but it should not be used as some ideological rationale and political bargaining chip. A great many of the people in need are elderly, children and disabled! May are confused and scared!

It is stupid to keep playing games with miscreants. We need to set up an opt in or out system. I believe there are enough people who want to take care of each other that it would work. The Austrian School, in the markets we trust, ownership and profits are the "best practice" motivators of human behavior repugnant DOPES can opt out. This sounds unlikely because we haven't done it. But we can. We already have all the models and constructs we just have to reactivate and/or increase them. If we are blocked by obstructionists we should set up societal trust and co-op infrastructures and networks and do it that way. Who on God's earth could sit in $100,000 hotel suites sucking the dripping butter off their $5,000 lobster banquets while millions die from hunger? Are you kidding me? That is ILL. STUPID STUPID diseased biomass does that...NOT HUMAN BEINGS!

Words from the wise:

"There is a sufficiency in the world for man's need but not for man's greed." ~Mohandas Gandhi

"We had to struggle with the old enemies of peace—business and financial monopoly, speculation, reckless banking, class antagonism, sectionalism, war profiteering. " ~Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Public right comes first and private interests second.” ~U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt

"What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?" ~George Eliot

"Goodness is the only investment that never fails."  ~Henry David Thoreau

"The right man sitting in his house and thinking the right thought will be heard a hundred miles distant."
- Old Taoist Saying



Kit B (276)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 6:11 pm

Words for the wise, Elle. That any one would dispute that there is hunger in America is perhaps the most evil of statements. Reading what Lindsey posted about elderly people working 40 hours just to have some food and no wages, that too is painful to consider. However, this can not be laid to rest at the feet of illegal nor legal immigrants, that's an easy answer but neither the cause nor a solution. The vast majority of people that currently are living in tents and begging for food are not simply bums. These people are the result of a system gone awry - of those most vulnerable being cast aside to favor those most able. The best way to find solutions is not through blame rather by taking responsibility for our own communities and offering our own time and when possible money to be as much help to our fellow humans, our fellow Americans as we can.


Michael C (217)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 8:53 pm
Amazing that there's a person out here, crazy enough to say, there is no hunger in America...What rock have you just crawled out from under Al?

LeMoyn Salmonsen (88)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 11:44 pm
The numbers recorded in this article are staggering and horrific. But the sadist reality is; they will be looked back upon as a drop in the bucket in decades ahead, for America and the World as global warming plays out. All we can do for now and for as long as we can is to contribute, what we can when we can, to the many worthwhile local organizations working to feed as many as they can.
Observing the trends, as the pendulum continues to swing ever further to the greed dominated right, it’s fairly conclusive Government monitored Tax Payer paid assistance will continue to diminish, across the board. If not this cycle the next or the next as relentless greed increases it’s strangle hold on society by suppressing social values by self-serving individual excess. In days past it was said; It requires an entire village to raise up a child, now the same village is hard pressed to even keep the child feed keeping the body alive, let alone give time and attention to his or her rearing as it involves social value guidance of the spirit. What does it say about us that we have fallen so low that we evaluate all things and people as us in opposition and separate from them. The throat cutting bottom line, getting over, gaining the advantage over each other takes presidents over all our relationships. How sad for We.

Off subject, here take a DeTroll break. Heads up * turn down your speakers to start.

Shirley S (187)
Monday November 28, 2011, 12:49 am
Noted with concern for anybody going hungry & also for some of the crass comments.

Bruce S (15)
Monday November 28, 2011, 6:10 am
I've said it before and I'll say it again. Before we give ANY OTHER COUNTRY A PENNY, THERE SHOULD BE NOBODY GOING HUNGRY HERE! And this isn't something new since the recession. People in certain parts of the U.S. have been going hungry for many, many years.

Mary Anne Bell (202)
Monday November 28, 2011, 6:51 am
Well said Bruce. Guess another way to put it is "Charity Begins at Home." I would extend this to controlling our borders so that we return to orderly immigration and don't have so many illegals taxing our social safety net to the detriment of our own citizens.

patricia lasek (317)
Monday November 28, 2011, 7:04 am
Lilith, or whoever you are, you sound like Ebeneezer Scrooge in The Christmas Carol.

First Collector: At this festive time of year, Mr. Scrooge, it is more than usually desirable that we should make some slight provision for the poor and destitute.
Ebenezer: Are there no prisons?
First Collector: Plenty of prisons.
Ebenezer: And the union workhouses - are they still in operation?
First Collector: They are. I wish I could say they were not.
Ebenezer: Oh, from what you said at first I was afraid that something had happened to stop them in their useful course. I'm very glad to hear it.
First Collector: I don't think you quite understand us, sir. A few of us are endeavoring to buy the poor some meat and drink, and means of warmth.
Ebenezer: Why?
First Collector: Because it is at Christmastime that want is most keenly felt, and abundance rejoices. Now what can I put you down for?
Ebenezer: Huh! Nothing!
Second Collector: You wish to be anonymous?
Ebenezer: [firmly, but calmly] I wish to be left alone. Since you ask me what I wish sir, that is my answer. I help to support the establishments I have named; those who are badly off must go there.
First Collector: Many can't go there.
Second Collector: And some would rather die.

Kit B (276)
Monday November 28, 2011, 7:08 am

Nailed it, Patty. I wish I could send you another Green Star.

pam w (139)
Monday November 28, 2011, 7:14 am
@ Norm C..."To suggest that solutions to hunger, poverty and homelessness are shelters and food banks is directly comparable to "let them eat cake" and "are there no prisons?" A pox on all latter day Marie Antoinettes (although there are questions as whether she actually said that) and pre-enlightenment Ebenezer Scrooges. "

"Are there no prisons? Are there no work houses? Let them go there." Ebeneezer Scrooge


pam w (139)
Monday November 28, 2011, 7:16 am
HAH! Patricia, Kit & I seemed to have the same thoughts at the same time. I agree that sending hungry people to charity or (worse yet, in my opinion) CHURCHES where they must listen to a sermon in order to eat is demeaning and counter-productive.

Mary Anne Bell (202)
Monday November 28, 2011, 7:22 am
Patty and Catty - Perhaps I am like Ebeneezer Scrooge when it comes to wanting to help our own citizens first. One of the problems with "bleeding hearts" is that they can't see the forest for the trees. They are too busy running around trying to do this or that without any clear set of objectives or direction. The result is that they accomplish hardly anything except creating a bunch of wind. Think about it.

Nancy M (197)
Monday November 28, 2011, 7:32 am
I believe that Pam was saying that a sermon should not be forced upon any one just for the sake of food. especially when one considers that not every one is Christian.

In any case, let me just add though that My sister was a minister in a very rural area (she now is in a new church). Her church was way too small and too poor to have its own food bank though she tried to connect the needy in her church (which was most of the congregation) to resources for food and other help.
She happens to know of quite a few parishoners who ate ROAD KILL. Of course, if you don't have moeny for food, you probably also don't have money to get to the city for a food bank.

Mary Anne Bell (202)
Monday November 28, 2011, 7:36 am
Send a Green Star to Nancy M.
Sending a Green Star is a simple way to say "Thank you"

You cannot currently send a star to Nancy because you have done so within the last week.

Nancy M (197)
Monday November 28, 2011, 7:40 am
Lilith- I disagree with most of what you say. You can stop sending me green stars.

David C (133)
Monday November 28, 2011, 7:41 am
thanks for the interesting article....after reading all the comments I think I will choose not to write anything more....don't want to offend those who would be offended.

Mary Anne Bell (202)
Monday November 28, 2011, 7:45 am
Don't worry, I won't telll anyone.

Kit B (276)
Monday November 28, 2011, 7:57 am

Thanks for adding that comment about your sister, Nancy. Seems that a bleeding heart can have some affect on those in need, even when they can't fully remedy the situation, at least they do try.

Nancy M (197)
Monday November 28, 2011, 8:04 am

Thanks Kit. I would NOT call my sister a bleeding heart BTW. It IS her job to help her congregation. She does what she can which is more advice rather then goods.

Mary Anne Bell (202)
Monday November 28, 2011, 8:10 am
I would not call your sister a bleeding heart either. One should be able to recognize the difference.

Nancy M (197)
Monday November 28, 2011, 8:15 am
You know NOTHING about my sister and should not presume a d*rn thing about her.

Kit B (276)
Monday November 28, 2011, 8:26 am

In generalized terms those who use the term 'bleeding heart' is most often used by those referring to any one who tries to help those in need or shows any concern for the welfare and well being of those who actually need help. Bleeding heart has long been a derogatory term used for anyone who wants to help those who have less or those in need. Yes, it is considered the duty of the leader of a church to tend to their flock, that is not always the case. Nonetheless, I still believe whether or not the individual acts to be a force of assistance and concern in the community from a position of an organization or just as an individual who simply wants to help; their efforts should not be written off as having no affect. Each of us has differing back grounds and ideas of how to help and where to help, that we move on those ideas is the point.

Nancy M (197)
Monday November 28, 2011, 8:32 am
Good points Kit. Many ministers are ministers because of their concern and desire to help.

Kit B (276)
Monday November 28, 2011, 8:40 am

True Nancy, and for those who do use their influence and if possible, funding to make life a little better for those who need the basics of life, deserve our gratitude. After all, this article is about a very real crisis in America, one that each of us can do something about, we need only the will to affect a change. Not everyone can afford to buy extra food, not everyone is able to offer time to volunteer, but each person with computer access can "click to donate" on many sites daily - that does help. A little help by many is far better then no help at all.

Robert O (12)
Monday November 28, 2011, 10:09 am
Thanks Kit!

Mary Anne Bell (202)
Monday November 28, 2011, 10:15 am
Nan, how can you say that I know nothing about your sister when you've already told us something about her?

One can "click to donate" on many sites daily? That sounds like a curious way to go about helping the needy. And there is ALWAYS time to volunteer..


Holly Lawrence (430)
Monday November 28, 2011, 12:35 pm
so very sad..should never be!

Vallee R (280)
Monday November 28, 2011, 2:08 pm
Lilith - you seem to like to digress from the topic of the news - this is about hunger in America - you obviously have your opinions about everything but don't seem to have ever lived in these situations that you are so opinionated on. I feel sorry for you.

Dee C (229)
Monday November 28, 2011, 3:27 pm
Truly sad to think anyone could actually deny the fact of hunger in this country..It is about as ignorant as it can be..

Thanks Kit..
Sadly noted..

Mary Anne Bell (202)
Monday November 28, 2011, 3:28 pm
Stop feeling sorry for me and try doing something for the needy. when is the last time you volunteered?

Kit B (276)
Monday November 28, 2011, 3:49 pm

Look who is talking! How could you be a volunteer when you spend your days and nights on Care2. This I can say about you - inconsistent should be your name, it is most certainly your theme. If you hadn't noticed most feel pity for you, it's always sad to see someone so lost and grasping so hard for any attention.

Dee, I most definitely agree with you.

Kit B (276)
Monday November 28, 2011, 7:42 pm

Actually I personally had a happy child hood, though in the '50's I was in Germany till '57. Guess you don't know all the answers after all. I said if one was NOT born a white male in the '50's their life was rotten. FYI, in the 1950's life for people of color, homosexual or female there was little to no chance of personal success. You should actually read the comments before you quote from them.

If you don't like what I post - don't show up!

Suruna WTF (38)
Monday November 28, 2011, 11:09 pm
A real life, carved from the reality of ACTUAL experience, sure beats the hell out of a duplicitous cartoon existence!


Kit B (276)
Tuesday November 29, 2011, 6:22 am

There is nothing bone headed about Suruna, she is adroit, thoughtful, and competent in her comments. I've known her for a long time and respect her time and information when she comments on Care2.

"Big egos are big shields for lots of empty space." - Diana Black

Suruna WTF (38)
Tuesday November 29, 2011, 8:41 am
Lilith, you are a construct by your alter ego Paul. Interesting that I've never seen you attempt to deny this. Lovely that I've managed to rile you to the point of name-calling.

Care2 needs to review this post to observe your disruptive influence, and due to this behavior a few have commented that they would not only leave this thread, but Care2 itself. I doubt that is something that would go over too well with management.

Care2 is for caring and sharing, not trolling and stalking, and I accuse you of being guilty of this. Take yourself, and your obsession for Kit, and go seek professional help.

Nancy M (197)
Tuesday November 29, 2011, 10:07 am
Well Kit and Suruna and others, I think we are now posting on the network.

Suruna WTF (38)
Tuesday November 29, 2011, 12:03 pm
Exactly Nancy, it has degenerated to that. So what to do? he/she spoils many a discussion with his pretense of participation. He just plays at his baiting. I know I've bypassed threads when I see an abundance of Lilith. Care2 should step in and do something. The problem is that it is not fair to throw the baby (the thread) out with the bathwater (his interference). We all probably need to be more disciplined and refuse any interaction with his 'comments'. He's getting his jollies when he can sucker a response.

Nancy M (197)
Tuesday November 29, 2011, 12:28 pm
Well said Suruna.

l L (1)
Tuesday November 29, 2011, 2:25 pm
it doesn't hurt to be kind and giving. One could be saving their own life. Hunger does exists for many reasons and brought on by hatreds and biases and oppression. For those who have their heads on straight understand it just might be your plight tomorrow. So helping those who have not is good for the soul of the world.,
yet we have those who think otherwise and are hardhearted towards those who have not. Until it happens to you you have no experience to what that feels like. i appreciate all sharing here to read the mindsets here. yet i have made up my mind as to what personally I choose to possess. I care about my fellow man. I help out as much as I can.
I think about those mini size homes they now have made and wonder how convenient they would be for a step up home for a single person home for a homeless person, if someone would donate the land. Amini society could be established with a self susbstained work force even self policing and access to clinical and educational healthcare. A mini society. This until they can do better. That can help the homeless situation.
it sounds good in my head but is it? cause things meant for good usually are side tracked by the mean and greedy of this world and nothing gets resolved.
i'm sure with exposure to these hunger spots in america will get a good reponse from those of us who have a decent heart.
My heart goes out to humanity of all catorgories. I don't know what all the solutions should be. I know it is hard being human.

Phil R (29)
Tuesday November 29, 2011, 7:06 pm
If we take even a casual look at recent history, it's obvious to all but the most rabid conservative that things were relatively good in the 90s and then declined precipitously during the Dubya administration, culminating around 2007 in the recession we find ourselves in today. Fixing things will require some bold changes. Changes Republicans are unwilling to make and which they will resist until the last job is sent to China. I believe the President has had some good ideas, i think healthcare reform was on the right track but fell short of what it should have been. One of the largest single obstacles to American businesses in creating new jobs is the cost of health care....and yet Republicans still refuse to see this. Another impediment to recovery is the loss of government jobs due to cutbacks. Every time a public employee loses his/her job another person goes on unemployment and ceases to contribute tax revenue, thus actually increasing the deficit. This practice is penny wise and pound foolish. It's time to give up on Reagan-esque voodoo economics and face reality. IMO the best way to fix hunger, homelessness and job loss is to repatriate jobs and take some of the burden of health care off of American businesses large and small and the self employed.

Sheryl G (363)
Tuesday November 29, 2011, 7:54 pm
You are correct Penelope.....the words that the Governments start using seem to white wash the situation. Food it as is, malnourished, slow starvation, hunger, hungry, ......and pitiful that this should be at all happening in this Country.
This economic situation was man made and those who created it are all wine and dine at the best of places.
You are also correct Margaret, there is always money for mayham and destruction via wars but we can't find money to feed hungry people. Disgusting.
Join you local Occupy Movement. Call the Jerks in Washington exactly what they are HEARTLESS!

H Nick H (1826)
Wednesday November 30, 2011, 10:36 am
Republicans are winning at this. It won't be long until we become a facists state, with some very rich and hugh corportions at the time, giving the orders, telling everyone what to think or do, without any recousre. Sort of like the serfs and peasnts of old England. We will own nothing, owe everything to the rulers (or sheriff). All "thought" will be controled by the same people, in order to make our lives simple and easy to control. If you like this, then keep doing nothing. Just let these bastards do what they want.

OR else, stand up, shout out, and don't let them get away with it.

Henriette Matthijssen (154)
Wednesday November 30, 2011, 11:44 am
Priorities of any country is the resources which are the people. Their basic survival needs fall next. But this has been reduced even to the point that they care not if someone is living on the street. Sick minds to keep taking money to fight wars to continue to empower the rich even more so, while taking innocent lives in foreign lands & no regards to so many facing hunger in America! These actions done by a government is beyond EVIL! They rule by cruelty, abuse of their own people. They care for themselves only, always have been & always will be, they are struck with the decease of greed. How is it possible that a few who stole from so many for so long continue this farce of government & they are not stopped shows that Satan has invaded this group & dragging the whole country to HELL. You need a government who has the power to take care of the American people & their needs. Alarming statistics! Thanks Kit.

michael sullivan (1022)
Wednesday November 30, 2011, 1:49 pm
poverty/hunger in america has gone from bad to worse -- if the big corporations, rich individuals, and republicans have their way, everyone will end up in poverty and be hungry, except for them!

Past Member (0)
Thursday December 1, 2011, 12:29 am
I wonder how the Occupy folks are making it?

Mary Anne Bell (202)
Thursday December 1, 2011, 6:10 am
Less illegal immigration less hunger -

Immigration Debate (Click Here)

Kit B (276)
Thursday December 1, 2011, 6:46 am

14 percent of the food insecure are non-U.S. citizens, and a significant percentage of the non-citizens are here legally -- However....

--36.3 million people--including 13 million children--live in households that experience hunger or the risk of hunger. This represents more than one in ten 0households in the United States (11.2 percent). This is an increase of 1.4 million, from 34.9, million in 2002.

--3.5 percent of U.S. households experience hunger. Some people in these households frequently skip meals or eat too little, sometimes going without food for a whole day. 9.6 million people, including 3 million children, live in these homes.

--7.7 percent of U.S. households are at risk of hunger. Members of these households have lower quality diets or must resort to seeking emergency food because they cannot always afford the food they need. 26.6 million people, including 10.3 million children, live in these homes.

The second two paragraphs amplify the first. The 36.3 million people live in households that experience hunger or the risk of hunger. 9.6 million people, including 3 million children, experience hunger, when people frequently skip meals or eat too little. The second group, 26.6 million people including 10.3 million children are at risk of hunger, which they deal with by buying cheaper (and less nutritious food) and by relying on public or private food programs.

And another study shows:

Hunger Study 2010

Hunger in America 2010 is the largest study of domestic hunger, providing comprehensive and statistically-valid data on our emergency food distribution system and the people Feeding America serves. Hunger in America 2010 is extremely detailed, drawing on data from more than 61,000 interviews with clients and surveys of 37,000 feeding agencies.
The report shows that hunger is increasing at an alarming rate in the United States, and our network is expanding its reach in response:

•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.


Kit B (276)
Thursday December 1, 2011, 6:49 am

Blaming one segment is not the answer, construction action to feed people, beginning with community levels will help to feed more people.

Mary Anne Bell (202)
Thursday December 1, 2011, 7:07 am
Time for less talk and some good 'ol American know how -

Here are 10 ways you can take action and make a difference…

Find Your Local Food Bank, and volunteer! Search for your local foodbank by zip code.

Talk About Hunger with Your Family. For resources, go to Feeding America.

Host a Dinner Party, and ask your guests to bring donations for your local food bank in lieu of a host or hostess gift.

Learn More about hunger in Your State.

Prepare For The Unexpected. Build two emergency food boxes – one for your family and one for a family in need, in case of a disaster.

Increase your understanding. Spend one day on a food stamp budget. Try to spend only $7 on food for a day (the average SNAP, or food stamp allotment). Discuss what the experience was like with your family.

Call Your Member of Congress. Urge them to support legislation helping people struggling with hunger.

Teach your children that healthy food matters for all of us, including those in need. Cook a meal with your child and educate them about hunger.

Write a Letter to the Editor of your local newspaper about hunger in your community.

Organize a Food Drive. Be sure to check with your local food bank to find out what items they are in need of right now.

Kit B (276)
Thursday December 1, 2011, 7:30 am

All of that has been posted on this site and other articles. Stop talking and start doing. Each month I set aside money to buy cases of food to donate along with bread. I am not the only one, many do the same. Sadly, with the changes in tax laws, grocery stores no longer send food to the shelters or food banks. And in most states the level of meeting the requirements for the Food Banks is nearly impossible for those who are among the hungry. In Texas one must be 189% below the poverty level to meet the requirements, some states are slightly lower.

Other survey findings include:

•91% of Americans are committed to the principle that no one should go hungry in the U.S.
•89% believe hunger impacts the physical development of infants/toddlers.
•53% believe that children often eat cheap, unhealthy foods so families can pay rent.
•51% believe that seniors often have to choose between paying for medical prescriptions or food.
•54% of Americans say more should be spent to address hunger compared to other problems.
•73% see a major hunger relief role for the federal government.
•80% see a major role for local organizations/leaders.
Volunteers are the lifeline of America's emergency food distribution system of food banks, soup kitchens and community shelters.

Some ways to help:

Mary Anne Bell (202)
Thursday December 1, 2011, 7:44 am
As Kit say folks, "Stop talking and start doing.".

And if grocery stores no longer donate food, don't stand idly by and accept that, take action, do something about it. Less belly aching and name calling in posts and more positive action.

Mary Anne Bell (202)
Thursday December 1, 2011, 1:10 pm
AP Sources: House GOP bill renews jobless benefit

House Republicans are drafting legislation to renew an expiring unemployment benefits program, officials said Thursday, and intend to add it to a planned extension of a Social Security payroll tax cut due to run out on Dec. 31.

Kit B (276)
Thursday December 1, 2011, 5:42 pm

I like the change in attitude, good for you! I hope you too will help in your community.

Past Member (0)
Thursday December 1, 2011, 9:19 pm

Thank you, Ben.

Ben has excellent click to give sites. He sent me a few. And he's given click to give sites to others in his comments above. Try them for that "good to give" feeling.

I also donate 3,000 plus grains of rice a day to:
Free Rice

Gives quiz questions where every correct answer donates 20 grains of rice through the UN World Food Program to help end hunger.

Or use the Care2 search at the top left of the page. You get points for
using this search. Put in......Free Rice and you can get hooked up

I enjoy it I'm not using this to gather more knowledge but to donate food.
So I just choose the easy questions that I won't have to think about
and go clicking.

I learned about this site in a comment from another Care2 member and I've been using it ever since. It's on my daily to-do-list.

Try it. You might like it.

Past Member (0)
Thursday December 8, 2011, 11:24 am
I have read a variety of explanations for the increasing numbers of hungry Americans, most of which seem valid enough, but it seems to me the worst reason is apathy on the part of American leaders who have not gone hungry for even a day.
One presdidential candidate recently visited my state, Iowa, and offered singularly most callous observation about hunger relief in this country:

I still cannot believe he uttered those words.

But that he might be forced to subsist upon a Food Stamp existence for even one week; better still, that he be booted out of his comfortable lifestyle and into the same one now endured by millions of Americans.

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