America Is Hungry

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This is scary, and unacceptable. The Washington Post reports, citing a USDA study, that:

“In 2008, nearly 17 million children, or 22.5 percent, lived in households in which food at times was scarce — 4 million children more than the year before. And the number of youngsters who sometimes were outright hungry rose from nearly 700,000 to almost 1.1 million.”

Yeah, Yeah, I know there is an “economic crisis” in the U.S. and the rest of the world, but it is still unacceptable that a country as fat and rich as the U.S. can’t provide enough food for a helpless part of society: Children. If you have ever worked at a restaurant, or a supermarket, you are aware that a staggering amount of food is simply thrown out every day. I’ve seen thousands of good pizza pies tossed into trash bag so that Cockroaches, rats, and feral cats can have their fill. Not our children, though.

I walk down the aisle of a Supermarket, listening to soft-music designed to open up the buying section of the brain, and see piles upon piles of food. There certainly is no shortage. I don’t want to sound like a nativist, but how can children in the U.S. go hungry when we drop millions of, if not billions, of dollars of food aid to places like Africa? What needs to happen is to implement a program(public or private) that aims at reducing food waste and diverting it to, at the very least, children who are hungry.

Here is a more extreme solution, which will highlight the absurdity of this. Demand that junk food providers–ice cream, chips, cookies, and whatever else has no nutritional value–pay a percentage of their profits to a food program, or put a fat tax on it). The government does it with tobacco companies and I see no reason not to do it to their food equivalent. Starving children deserve no less.

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2 Responses to “America Is Hungry”

  1. Sue Says:

    I saw your photo associated with America is hungry and would love to use it for our food pantry in Oregon, might you give us permission to do so?

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