One in Five Americans Will Not Get Enough to Eat Today

Steve KinsmanStarred Page By Steve Kinsman, 24th Mar 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1gznveyt/
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As more and more people go hungry every day in America, politicians are shrinking the social safety net at precisely the time they should be expanding it.

Struggling to afford food

Congress has recently passed a farm bill that subsidizes big agribusiness to the tune of billions of dollars to produce more GMO frankenfoods and more high fructose corn syrup, while at the same time cutting food stamp assistance for thousands upon thousands of American families.

In Mississippi, 26 percent of the state's residents say there was at least one time in the past year when they could not afford to eat. West Virginia and Louisiana were right behind, with 23 percent of each state's inhabitants struggling to obtain food for themselves, followed by Alabama, at 22.9 percent.

Overall, 18.9 percent of Americans, almost one out of five, struggled to find enough food to eat during the past year. This suggests a wholesale spike in hunger since the beginning of the recession, and it translates into more than 50 million Americans now being food insecure.

Charities cannot meet demand

The nation's food kitchens and food banks are bending under an almost unbearable strain. In two-thirds of the states food kitchens have had to turn people away because they ran out of resources, and food banks in every city have been forced to reduce the amount of food they give out.

Farm subsidies

Congress passes a farm bill every year which is always a huge gift to the corporate agriculture giants like Monsanto, Archer-Daniels-Midland and Cargill. They are awarded billions of dollars in subsidies to grow corn or sugar or soy as congress cuts the food stamp assistance program.

The Congressional Budget Office has determined that raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour would reduce spending on food stamps by $46 billion over the next decade. There are plenty of other options other than cutting food stamp payments to those in need.

Link: All the Money in the World for War, Precious Little for Anything Else

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I live in California with my wife Carol, where I have been practicing professional astrology for 35 years. I write articles on astrology, but I enjoy writing on a variety of other subjects as well..

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author avatar Jerry Walch
24th Mar 2014 (#)

It is a sad state of affairs, but it is true, Steve, being hungry and homeless can get one harassed. I am going to be in court tomorrow morning as an advocate for a man that was ticketed for camping on a secluded river bank.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
24th Mar 2014 (#)

Jerry, I'm glad there are people like yourself who stand up for the homeless.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
24th Mar 2014 (#)

thank you Jerry for your compassion...

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author avatar Kingwell
29th Mar 2014 (#)

Thank you Jerry, You are a very compassionate man. Blessings.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
24th Mar 2014 (#)

its difficult to keep up, with the number r going up on homelessness as well charities not keeping up. What about our government? On tose so called obsolete wars, In Afghanistan we build a new town, schools and roads for a billion to two in cost, then teh Taliban destroyed it and once a gain we did the reconstroctions several times and the same cost! Can we better invest that money on our people, how many of those homeless people can get a roof over their head as well three meals a day until they get up on their feet! On the cost of a fighter jet how can many people get free subsidized medicines a lot! There's bigger problems Mr. Obama one of them is the increasing amounts of homelessness in our nation. You are a man of God Jerry for your kindness, I did work on a project in San Diego, CA of homeless! Great Post Steve!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
24th Mar 2014 (#)

Thank you Fern. Interesting observations.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
24th Mar 2014 (#)

I just cannot believe that Congress does such things...although I know that there are so many payoffs that make this happen..a great enlightening page again Steve

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
24th Mar 2014 (#)

am sharing on twitter,linkedin and facebook for others outside of wiki to see...perhaps stir up some help for those poor people....

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
24th Mar 2014 (#)

Thank you very much cnwriter. I really appreciate that.

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author avatar Funom Makama
24th Mar 2014 (#)

This is felt across the globe, but I think the American government can handle this issue in a better way before it gets our of hand.... Observing from your info here, it seems its not getting better as the statistics tend to go down negative plane... May God helps us! Thanks for the share

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
24th Mar 2014 (#)

Thank you for your comment Funom. I appreciate it.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
24th Mar 2014 (#)

For those that can, I advocate growing a garden, even people who live in apartments should try to grow their own tomatoes. The government is serving big business, not the little people.

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author avatar M G Singh
25th Mar 2014 (#)

Very interesting and not happy news. However am surprised.

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author avatar MarilynDavisatTIERS
25th Mar 2014 (#)

Good evening, Steve, Georgia was not mentioned in your article, but we have dismal statistics as well. While I have sympathy for the loss of human life in the recent Malaysian flight, our government has spent 2.5 million dollars on this rescue mission and counting. And where did this money come from? I am no math wiz, but I do know that you cannot claim to have to make budget cuts on something as basic as food and yet have money for other things. Please do not consider this a callous comment, it could be just about any other non-essential cause. Our priorities are so distorted I am uncertain where I live anymore. ~Marilyn

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
25th Mar 2014 (#)

I could not agree with you more Marilyn. Thank you.

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
25th Mar 2014 (#)

I thought you were talking about the UK Steve. Every week more people receive food from the Food Bank from all walks and age groups . It is scandalous in countries where we have so much of everything that so many should be on the breadline .
Bless you for this article
Stella ><

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
25th Mar 2014 (#)

Thank you very much Stella.

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author avatar Donald Pennington
25th Mar 2014 (#)

I've been homeless before. And this is an accurate piece.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
26th Mar 2014 (#)

Thank you Donald. I appreciate that.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
26th Mar 2014 (#)

Makes one sad and feel helpless, Steve. The paper gains in GDP and stocks are not translated into physical; at least they do not percolate below a level. Sad that democracy does not lead to inclusive society. Hope such highlights lead to better awareness and action - siva

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
26th Mar 2014 (#)

Very perceptive comments Siva. Thank you.

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author avatar Kingwell
29th Mar 2014 (#)

This is terrible especially when you look at all the money that is spent on war.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
29th Mar 2014 (#)

Indeed it is. Thanks for commenting Kingwell.

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