Friday, 20 November 2009

America's Economic Pain Brings Hunger Pangs

The nation's economic crisis has catapulted the number of Americans who lack enough food to the highest level since the government has been keeping track, according to a new federal report, which shows that nearly 50 million people -- including almost one child in four -- struggled last year to get enough to eat.

At a time when rising poverty, widespread unemployment and other effects of the recession have been well documented, the report released Monday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture provides the government's first detailed portrait of the toll that the faltering economy has taken on Americans' access to food.

This is a complete disgrace. While Wall Street and the Federal Government play around with trillions of dollars we have people going hungry. This situation didn't happen overnight either. In recent months it's become worse and harder to brush off.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, November 20th, 2009.]

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