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Map the Gap: 16 Million Children Go to Bed Hungry in America

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I know this sterile term, food insecurity, is used in this video, but let us call it what it is, hunger. Children and adults are going hungry in the richest Country in the world. How is that 1% ? Find your area to see how many near you and sign Petition.

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Sheryl G (363)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 10:49 am
Please watch very short video only a minute half long on the visit site then....

Petition Tell Congress Protect Anti-Hunger Programs

Did you find how many people in your area are going hungry with the map the gap link? I think you may be surprised, it is truly sad, that anyone in this Country must go without eating. This system is obviously not working for many, or according to the 1%, they are not motivated enough to keep themselves from going hungry. Now what kind of crap thinking is that?

Sheryl G (363)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 10:55 am
Although hunger is a year round situation for many families, I know some look for ways to donate and feed the hungry at this time of year. This is just one way to do so. I know our church has it's own food gathering, various stores collect food items, I'm just offering this as one of the ways.
Donate to Feeding America

How about you so called Job Creators, how about creating some living wage jobs for people so they have food on their tables. Or are you not motivated enough? Are your pockets not heavy enough with the gold coins yet? Do you not have enough vehicles or boats yet? Do you need a larger Mansion? Must you suck it all up while others go to bed hungry?

Kamila A (141)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 12:57 pm
Thank you Dandelion, I signed the petition. This is deplorable about hunger. There is a big disconnection between the minds and stomachs of Americans it seems.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 1:01 pm
Americans love to get on their rooftops and proclaim that we are the greatest nation in the world. Really? Even a half-ass great nation would do more to feed its children.

lee e (114)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 1:21 pm
Signed! - Seeing as I'm on Food Stamps now, I think there's a "problem"!

Kit B (276)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 1:51 pm

I donate monthly to Feeding America and they send me the petitions in the mail. This is, to me a topic of grave and highest importance. We must be sure that our citizens have access to food, shelter and education. The numbers of jobs created will not matter if few are trained to take those jobs. If a person works for a wage, they must be paid fairly, be able to provide support and care for the famiy, if not the job is only some thing to do to pass time. Though if we do not train and educate our citizens then jobs will go to others, those who are trained.

Sheryl G (363)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 2:03 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Kit because you have done so within the last week.

Pat B (356)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 2:18 pm
This has been a concern of mine for many years. It's important for children (in schools) to be well fed so that they can be successful in the classrooms. Watching a child get a lot of ketchup packets on Friday, (for ketchup soup) for the family is very sad indeed. I have supported our local Food Drives, and pick several families to help with food and clothing throughout the year. Our community involvement is wonderful, and that was evident during the Wild Fires that hit us last year. Thank you, for this, Sheryl, I definitely signed.!!! xox

Past Member (0)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 2:32 pm
Thank you for taking action. Your message has been sent to:
Senator Richard 'Dick' Blumenthal
Senator Joseph 'Joe' I. Lieberman
Representative Joe Courtney
Thanks Dandelion. Can't afford to donate but click daily on a lot of different charity sites to feed the hungry.

Sheryl G (363)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 2:51 pm
We all do what we can Olivia, is why I posted this here, for those who are unaware of the need this has a lot of information on the link. I've also placed this for who can donate, for those who can't at least we can sign the petition or even learn where the Second Harvest is and volunteer our time. Each thing someone does helps.

Alice C (1797)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 3:26 pm
Signed ~ We donated a commercial refigerator to a local food bank.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 5:25 pm
Great article. Thanks.

Michael T (82)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 5:35 pm
As a nurse and teacher of anatomy and physiology and as a result of reading Carl Sagan's Demon Haunted World: Science as a candle in the dark I am extremely aware of the damage this situation is causing. Children, we know, need a certain level of nutrition for cognitive brain development. Without proper nutrition their brains will not develop as they should. Getting a healthy diet as an adult will not make up for this deficit during these formative years, which means we are allowing a huge number of people who will NEVER possess the cognitive abilities that should be a birthright in this country. I can assure you that Romney and Ryan do not approve of this message.

Victoria P (113)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 5:55 pm
signed with thanks

SuSanne P (193)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 6:50 pm
Thank you Dandelion. To me this is URGENT and has been for many years. I signed the petition as quickly as my fingers could type. I have been donating to Feeding America every month for many years. Unfortunately the amount of my donations has decreased, but if I recall 97 cents of the dollar goes to it's true cause! I have read many positive posts, and Olivia Bless you for clicking! Maybe you could share with your network as well. wink:) Times are rough for me as well as all, but I couldn't live with myself as a human without thinking of others whom haven't the strength to eat if they had a morsel. I rarely leave the market without an item (or more while extremely great sales) to donate to our food bank which is called CAP (Community Assistance Program). Thank you again...sharing.

Julian Robert Gonzalez (112)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 7:00 pm

Thank you Dandelion. I'll get back to you on message glitches.

Ellen G (325)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 7:10 pm
Sick and disgusting. We treat our elders, homeless the same way.

Blows ones mind that this can happen here at home. All politicians and their staff should have to live on food stamps for a year. Or better yet give them a voucher to live off of and see how well they do with it.

I hope ppl grill their politicians regularly regarding these issues. I email/call my politicians at least once a week about this issue. I think they consider me a stalker now. Haa.

Shame on those that turn their backs. I found a great quote that I have on my profile page that says,
"The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in times of great moral crises maintain their neutrality."

Never thought so many could be so evil.


Kit B (276)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 7:36 pm

Please let us not forget that in the US we have nearly 2 million children that are homeless, that means 2 million children without a home or a family. Nearly 42% of those children are under the age of 6 - just stop and think about that. This belong in a novel by Charles Dickens but this real, this now and in the United States of America.

Sheryl G (363)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 7:49 pm
It's darn disgusting and yet neither of the two Parties really give it the attention it deserves and when one of the candidates does mention it, it's an attack on the poor themselves. Washington and these CEO Elites should all hang their heads in shame. I'm disgusted with the whole lot of them with a few exceptions, terrible when you can count on your hands the people in Washington that truly are standing up for the majority of people and fight for the ones who have the most challenges keeping their heads above water.

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 8:47 pm
Well-said, Brian and Kit. Feed your children, America.

Barbara W (342)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 9:19 pm
This is an issue close to my heart. That any child anywhere should ever go to bed hungry is a sin.., But here in America, land of great wealth, "We" should never see a child go to bed with hunger pangs, ever.. There's an estimated 1million children, here in America, that not only go to bed hungry but have been forced to live on the streets, many with family, some on their own.

America's Shame is that those who lead US have NO SHAME! Thanks Dandelion. An important post and a much needed wake up call.

Edith B (146)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 9:32 pm
Thanks, Sheryl. We donate to the local Food Bank, but I had no idea the percentage of hungry children was so high in our area. Of course I signed the petition, and shared on Facebook.

Sandra M Z (114)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 10:04 pm
Thank you for taking action. Your message has been sent

Grow food in every community, outdoors and indoors year round!

Noted, Signed, Thank you Dandelion.

greenplanet e (155)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 1:02 am
Everyone should have enough to eat on this Earth. The disparaties between rich and poor seem to be getting greater, however.

Christeen A (376)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 1:21 am
I wish hunger wasn't a need for anyone. Thank you. Signed.

Arild Gone for now (174)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 2:27 am
The system is broke so you have to fix it,petition signed,thanks for sharing Sheryl.

Sheryl G (363)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 5:39 am
You cannot currently send a star to Michael because you have done so within the last week.

I'm sure they won't approve of message either Michael, but they have a lot of Americans convinced they are for "family" values and all that; guess food and shelter doesn't fit into the equation.

You cannot currently send a star to Barbara because you have done so within the last week. Living in cars, tents, is a very common thing in this area Barbara, in fact, Central Florida has more homeless than anywhere else due to the fact that poor people drive, take a bus, or hitch here for they at least will not freeze to death by being homeless although there are other considerations like poisonous bugs and snakes, alligators, and the heat is brutal in cars or tents during the summer. Florida, trying to keep a "tourist" image has little toleration for homeless, so they are forced into the environments that are less safe with the critters here.

Thanks Edith for checking out your County (area) I think it brings to home when one looks at this map, how many of the people who walk around you are going hungry. When we are at the library, dropping our children or in my case grandchild off at school, picking up our own groceries. Do you ever notice people really looking at the carts putting things back onto shelves, trying to figure out how to make the few dollars they have stretch their meals. Many must eat only sales items, their diet exists that way.

I put fresh veggies and fruits on the top, because for many of the poor, these things can not be obtained. It is more cost to eat these things, one can buy a huge bag of rice and fill bellies for many days for the same price as a few apples or tomatos. In some inner cities one can't even find fresh foods and it costs too much to get to where they can buy the fresh foods.

According to my map there are 86,810 in the County that holds the Daytona 500. That is the people that are able to get on to the statistics. The State of Florida has such a poor service program that many people can't get the aid that they are qualified for, there are limited offices, the few offices that exists is only to drop forms off at, there is one person to make sure no one breaks the computers that are offered to apply online, beyond that, she can't help nor answer questions nor even show you how the computer works. For many Elderly, if they have no one young in their families they just go without.

If a mistake is made by either the one who processes the aid or yourself, you do not get a response back on the computer, you must use the phone. One can call for days on end and never will be able to get through, if you leave a message, no one ever gets back, when you finally do get a human being, many times the problem discussed still doesn't get fixed, even when the worker agrees to the problem! It is a complete sham to say there is help for those who have no food, even when they qualify, if you make it so they can't obtain the help that is there. Those are the people who will not even make it on the statistics.


Joe R (190)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 7:24 am
Thanks Dandelion. Eyeopening! Food insecurity for Hennepin county in MN is 11.2%. Petition signed.

Ben O (173)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 7:38 am
"16 Million Children Go to Bed Hungry in America..."
I don't know what to say, it's un-freaking-believable!
I just signed the petition: "Tell Congress to Protect Anti-hunger Programs!"
(not with much hope though)

Arielle S (313)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 10:10 am
Congress should be embarrassed that we have to have a petition regarding this - so much food gets thrown away every day that nobody in this country should be starving - excuse me, suffering from "food insecurity". (As long as we're giving new names to old items, why don't we change Congress to "those who work for lobbyists"?)

. (0)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 11:07 am
Thanks Dandelion. Signed petition. This is such an important issue as I've often wondered if people are truly aware that children right here in our own back yards fall asleep ever night to the sound of their growling stomachs. Food is a fundamental right ( not a luxury) for all.

Michael T (82)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 11:09 am
The government developed the federal poverty line standard in 1963. At the time Americans spent on average 1/3 of their income on food, and thus the federal poverty line was simply the cost of a minimal nutritional intake, the “thrifty food plan”, multiplied by three. According to the USDA, the thrifty food plan, the cheapest of four plans developed by the Department of Agriculture, was meant for temporary or emergency use, and only when funds were low. Since 1963 housing costs have skyrocketed, and other costs of living have increased such that the simplified 1/3 ratio is woefully insufficient to determine the cost of living in the US.
Some brief talking points on the federal poverty line (taken from Hardships in America):
• Families no longer spend 1/3 of their income on food. The measure has undergone minimal adjustment in its approach, and as a result this assumption is grossly outdated.
• The federal poverty line has not been adjusted for the growth of real income.
• Those who fall below the poverty line today are worse off than families below the poverty line thirty years ago.
• The poverty threshold takes no account of geographical differences in cost of living

Michael T (82)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 11:10 am
• Congress acknowledged the insufficiency of the standard in the 1990’s, but the majority of recommendations resulting from its commissioned study by the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences went unheeded. Their suggestions included geographic adjustments, inclusion of value of non-cash federal benefits to income threshold, and the subtraction of costs of childcare and healthcare from income.

Michael T (82)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 11:11 am
Sorry in advance for the length of the subsequent posts, but it seems some truth is necessary here.
The story of the federal poverty line (FPL) is a story of an arcane, bureaucratic exercise that was transformed into a nationwide standard, a standard that has gone untouched for over 40 years. More accurately described as the poverty threshold, the FPL is terribly inaccurate and yet so fundamental to governmental policy for the most powerful nation in human history.

However, how inaccurate the standard is and how detrimental the current poverty line is to the way policies are implemented is deplorable.

The federal poverty line is a threshold was calculated b a low-level bureaucrat in the Social Security Administration in 1963. It was

designed for temporary or emergency use when funds are low,

and multiplied it by three and was never intended to become a national standard, but it has. Aside from being adjusted for inflation, using the Consumer Price Index it has otherwise gone unchanged for 49 years and influences federal policy.

Michael T (82)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 11:11 am
The FPL is used by various public and private services to determine eligibility for food stamps and the national school lunch programs, for Head Start, Community Services Block Grants, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, with some states and localities using the federal standard to determine eligibility for their local services, including utilities and pharmaceuticals for thresholds of eligibility for low-income persons.

Never mind that the threshold was not determined by the American people or their representatives. Never mind that it wasn’t determined by a committee of experts. Never mind that it has not been reformed for over four decades. This lame mockery of government policy is often what determines whether American families receive the resources necessary to survive.

Policy experts agree that the federal poverty line is remarkably out of date and should be reformed as it does not include the proportional cost of services like housing, child care, health care, and transportation which have increased dramatically.

Michael T (82)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 11:12 am
Even if the poverty line was adjusted to accurately reflect the typical spending of American families, it would still not take into account the vastly disparate costs of living not only among states, but within states as well. Why should we set and use one standard, if that standard is so disconnected from reality?

It is simply too low. $16,000 annually is not enough for a family of three. $19,000 is not enough for a family of four. There is a consensus in academia that if the federal poverty line were to be truly a national standard it must be raised anywhere from one-and-a-half to three times its current level.

If the federal poverty line is so totally inaccurate, why don’t we change it? Good question. Here’s an unsatisfying answer: No one wants to. What could earlier be attributed for sheer laziness on the part of the federal government, can now be labeled as a criminal lack of responsibility. No politician wants to be responsible for redrawing a line that would immediately add millions of Americans to the category of poor.

Michael T (82)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 11:13 am
Redrawing the line would not mean adding poor people to this country. Those people would not become poor. They are already poor.

These Americans do not need a federal guideline to prove their poverty. What they do need are the resources that are given to Americans who are below the line that they are inexplicably above.

Any way you count it, poverty is a problem. 37 million Americans live below the federal poverty line. Actually, per the 2010 Census 20 million males and 25 million females live below the poverty line. The Census then goes on to say that 260 million males and females live AT or above the poverty line.

Michael T (82)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 11:13 am
Let’s look at that for a moment. If the above information says the FPL is woefully inadequate as a real measure it means that many of those 260 million are living in poverty but qualify for no assistance. With the downturn in the economy created by Republican Leadership during the 8 years of the Bush administration we can easily add another 45 million.

The total population of the US is 310 million (2010). When you divide 310 by 90 you get a ratio of 3.4. It means that every 1 in 3.4 Americans are living in poverty half of which do not qualify for assistance.

One in three of those Americans are children. If we were to double the FPL, as many experts insist we should, 27 million children live in poverty. That number has increased each of the last four years. The younger American children are, the more likely they are to be poor.

Michael T (82)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 11:14 am
We are doing little to fight poverty in the US. We must do more. Not simply because a country this stratified cannot exist (the richest 5 percent of our citizens own 60 percent of our nation’s wealth, the lowest 40 percent own less than one percent).

The urgency does not derive from it being unsustainable. America is founded on the remarkable and worthwhile myth of opportunity for all its citizens. The history of our country is a story of incrementally making that myth a reality. Right now, for a vast segment of our citizens, the promise of opportunity is merely a myth. The first thing we can do to change that is by being honest about the number of people for whom the American promise is a myth and not a reality.

Sheryl G (363)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 12:03 pm
Michael, thank you for all the additonal information. All was important but these two paragraphs jumped out at me.

What could earlier be attributed for sheer laziness on the part of the federal government, can now be labeled as a criminal lack of responsibility. No politician wants to be responsible for redrawing a line that would immediately add millions of Americans to the category of poor. (as the comment said: Redrawing the line would not mean adding poor people to this country. Those people would not become poor. They are already poor.)

America is founded on the remarkable and worthwhile myth of opportunity for all its citizens. The history of our country is a story of incrementally making that myth a reality. Right now, for a vast segment of our citizens, the promise of opportunity is merely a myth. The first thing we can do to change that is by being honest about the number of people for whom the American promise is a myth and not a reality.

I had also put on a story titled The Rich and The Rest of Us by Tavis Smiley and Cornel West the hot link is below for those who may want to view it or if they missed it.
The Rich and The Rest of Us

As Tavis Smiley said on Democracy Now: "When Romney and Obama, presumably, will be on the campaign trail this summer talking about the economy and wanting to speak specifically to the angst of the middle class, they have to recalibrate that conversation, because if the new poor, again, are the former middle class, then who are you talking to? We cannot abide another campaign for the White House where the issue of poverty is not addressed.

Very quickly, in the last race for the White House, between Obama and McCain, three presidential debates - the word "poor" or "poverty" does not come up one time. Obama doesn’t utter it. McCain doesn’t reference it. The moderators don’t even ask about it. Fast-forward four years, half of us are in or near poverty. Our democracy is threatened as a result. We can’t have another campaign this year where poverty doesn’t get on the agenda."

My comment...When I do hear the poor being brought up today it seems only to belittle them in some way or discuss what else to cut off from them.


Kevin Lewis (1)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 1:09 pm
S & N
Before we give "Help" to any other Countries we should make sure there is no children going to bed hungry in the United States.

paul m (93)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 2:42 pm

Kevin Lewis says it all ,, America should look after it's own before butting into orther Countries to make themselves look good

Tamara Hayes (185)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 4:54 pm
Noted and signed. Thanks Dandelion.

Angelika R (143)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 5:34 pm
Thank You! Your Donation Is Complete. Thanks Sheryl for this vital important topic.

SuSanne P (193)
Thursday October 4, 2012, 9:44 am
Michael G and Dandelion...Sending a Green Star is a simple way to say "Thank you"
You cannot currently send a star to Michael (OR DANDELION) because you have done so within the last week.

Evelyn Z (300)
Thursday October 4, 2012, 4:56 pm
Noted & Signed. Thanks Dandelion & SuSanne for fwd.

Lois Jordan (63)
Thursday October 4, 2012, 6:18 pm
Petition gladly signed. Noted. Thanks, Dandelion.

Susanne R (234)
Thursday October 4, 2012, 9:26 pm
This is not only heartbreaking but inexcusable as well. So many Americans live in excess while so many children don't know whether or not they can expect a meal on any given day! How can anyone turn their back on a hungry child?

Signed and noted. Thanks, Dandelion!

Mary T (178)
Friday October 5, 2012, 8:20 pm
Petition gladly signed, There is no excuse for any one to go hungry in this world where there all so many greedy people that think that they need a 20 bedroom mansion, when there are children that are going without, Don't count on food stamps to feed anyone they do not even make a dent in the price of food these days.

Shirley S (187)
Friday October 5, 2012, 8:53 pm

Carole K (195)
Wednesday October 17, 2012, 9:53 am
Noted & signed. TY, Dandelion!
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