50 Million Americans Don’t Have Enough Food, USDA Says

November 16, 2010

(ChattahBox U.S. News)—-Government food assistance is growing at such an alarming rate that one in four Americans is enrolled in one of the nation’s 15 federal feeding programs, with 42 million on food stamps and 30 million kids getting free breakfast and lunch, a new USDA report notes. In 2009, almost 50 million Americans were considered “food insecure,” meaning that they either didn’t have enough food or were uncertain of whether they could get enough food to feed their families, ABC News reports.

The USDA researchers attributed the rise in use of federal food programs to the recession, and indicated that many of the food banks have reported serving people who never expected to require assistance to feed their families. In addition, the government predicts “major” food price increases in 2011, ABC notes, leading to questions of whether the number of Americans using food programs will grow even more.

Hunger prevention groups worry about the impact of extended holiday vacations on school children, who often rely on free school meals for breakfast and lunch as the bulk of their daily intake. When schools close, those students must find other resources for meal supplies, ABC reports.


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One Response to “50 Million Americans Don’t Have Enough Food, USDA Says”

  1. kandi on November 16th, 2010 12:20 pm

    We need to teach people how to get their own food instead of just giving them food. Our society will not sustain for long when we just give the food away. Give a man a fish and he eats for a day, teach a man to fish and he will not go hungry. When did we loose this? The government has given to the point that they have cause people to forget how to sustain themselves. How sad this is. The government needs to reconsider their position on teaching children how to garden and grow their own food and their position on home gardens. I remember reading articles in the 20-50 where the government supported and pushed people to grow community gardens, now I read articles where the government is looking down on this. Local public schools can’t even have organic gardens to provide fresh healthy produce for the students. This article is sad, but our government put us here, it is up to us to get us out. Are we going to depend on a corporate government that is only interested in their bottom line rather than their citizens? I know that I am not!

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