Growing Poverty and Despair in America

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Hunger in America


On its web site, Feeding America (formerly America's Second Harvest) said in "the land of plenty," one in eight Americans (meaning millions) face growing hunger problems, and not just the poor and unemployed. They're "often hard-working adults, children and seniors who simply cannot make ends meet" and have to fore go meals at times, even for days.


-- in (pre-crisis) 2007, 37.5 million people were impoverished; they comprised:


-- 12.5% of the population and 9.8% of families;


-- 20.3 million or 10.9% of people aged 18 - 64;


-- 13.3 million or 18% of children under age 18; and


-- 3.7 million or 9.7% of seniors aged 65 or older who benefit from Social Security and Medicare.


August 6, the US Department of Agriculture reported a record 34.4 million Americans (one in nine) receiving food stamps

2008 census data expected to show around another 1.5 million people added to the poverty rolls over 2007 figures - a total of nearly 39 million representing 12.7% of Americans.



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