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  • Why so much hunger in the USA?

    http://articles.moneycentral.msn.com/News/OneMillionNew...hooseFoodOrRent.aspx

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    http://articles.moneycentral.msn.com/News/OneMillionNew...hooseFoodOrRent.aspx

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      Because we live in a largely unfettered Capitalistic economic system which is the most perniciously predatory system of wealth distribution in current existance and lack the political will or acumen to incorporate (hah-no pun intended) policies and programs which adequately protect the weak.

      This is exacebated by a Judeo/Christian mindset which celebrates salvation through fantasy, mystery, adherence to dogma and ritual rather than through works.

      There are some additional social factors such as alienation, lack of community and sense of responsibility for others.

      Finally there seems to be a significant number of people with personality disorders who chose to blame the victims in order to exonerate themselves from any culpability.

      Lastly, I would stongly suggest that our gross inability to develop answers to alcohol and drug abuse; and as a quick aside-- which is probably as symptomatic of the above listed problems as is hunger, certainly is contributory.

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      • #4
        There is no hunger in America. We have finally abolished it.

        There is however, food insecurity.

        Next we will abolish war. Peace insecurity may still flare up here and there.

        -Mark

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        • #5
          I'm sure the neocons can do better than "food insecurity" which still feels negative. How about "overeating-protected" or "thin-assured" -- something that sound positive like they've done for so many other issue names before.

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          • #6
            just being on the downscale of life due to early retirement,we found no help from local state cherities! i am only seventy dollars below the states poverty and could only get ten dollars worth of food stamps. could not even get medical help due to existing illness that will never go away. what hapened to my benefits that were taken out of my pay for thirty one years?!!!!!!! this is why we have poverty and hunger in this the u.s.of a.

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            • #7
              What I have noticed this holiday season around here are the very large numbers of people who are going to the food pantries in spite of the enormous amount of money spent in New York State on food stamps. The media never shows sad events such as this and would rather focus on the equally enormous crowds that have gone to the malls for holiday shopping. Everyone at the malls appears to be wealthy, happy, and not wanting for anything as in interviews they admit that they spend over $1000 for presents.

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              • #8
                There's no shortage of food, as evidenced by the number of obese people.

                As far as planning for retirement, you need essentially the same amount of money as you were spending before retiring.

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                • #9
                  quote:
                  Originally posted by RalphVa:
                  There's no shortage of food, as evidenced by the number of obese people.

                  As far as planning for retirement, you need essentially the same amount of money as you were spending before retiring.


                  It is true that there is no shortage of food in the USA. However, many times the poor will eat the wrong kinds of foods that are high in fats and do not form the backbone of nutritious eating. Some charities and food pantries have noticed this and are working on this very problem by using dieticians (when availible) to attempt to provide better quality food.

                  As for retirement, many times the working poor have little if any money left over for retirement. The enormously high cost of living today keeps pushing the working poor downwards toward welfare. So many people are one medical emergency away from going bankrupt. It is easy to become homeless or destitute in America and this is very sad. No wonder so many young people are driven to make as much money as fast as they can as having loads of money is the only way to ensure any kind of future.

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                  • #10
                    Having worked and doing year-round donations to the local Food Bank, many donations can changed the nutrition level (and other needs) for those who use the Food Bank. Instead of boxes of mac n cheese, cans of beenie-weenies, donate canned vegetables ... powdered milk, canned milk; for children and infants, canned formula, diapers; jarred baby foods; for older citizens, Depends is a real need, as well as canned goods such as Ensure; for women, tampons are a need. There are many items we can donate to help with the nutrition level of those who depend on Food Bank donations.

                    And .... become a volunteer at your local Food Bank ..... keep year-round donations coming in so that Food Banks can reach more people consistently. A real help is just to volunteer some time to bag the food items.

                    Allie

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                    • #11
                      quote:
                      Having worked and doing year-round donations to the local Food Bank,
                      Good for you Allie. Giving back is quite satisfying...
                      I make regular donations at the American Red Cross, and my girlfriend has worked at the Goodwill shop organizing and racking donated clothing.

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                      • #12
                        quote:
                        There's no shortage of food, as evidenced by the number of obese people.



                        True, there is far more than enough food to go around.

                        Unfortunately it doesn't. Food insecurity in America has risen steadily. Missed meals due to lack of money is not uncommon. At least 35 million Americans go hungry at least occasionally. Meanwhile the government has reduced the cost of the food stamp program by increasing the red tape rather than decreasing the need for it.

                        The other side of food insecurity in America is that many can (barely) afford enough food to prevent hunger, but not to eat healthy. The poor often subsist on very cheap high carbohydrate foods that simultaneously lead to obesity and malnutrition.

                        -Mark

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                        • #13
                          quote:
                          Originally posted by AlexisDanielle:
                          Having worked and doing year-round donations to the local Food Bank, many donations can changed the nutrition level (and other needs) for those who use the Food Bank. Instead of boxes of mac n cheese, cans of beenie-weenies, donate canned vegetables ... powdered milk, canned milk; for children and infants, canned formula, diapers; jarred baby foods; for older citizens, Depends is a real need, as well as canned goods such as Ensure; for women, tampons are a need. There are many items we can donate to help with the nutrition level of those who depend on Food Bank donations.

                          And .... become a volunteer at your local Food Bank ..... keep year-round donations coming in so that Food Banks can reach more people consistently. A real help is just to volunteer some time to bag the food items.

                          Allie


                          Very good points, Allie. Collectively, those of us who have, even though it may not be in abundance, can give a lot to those who do not have.

                          I know of groups who regularly hold dances to raise money for the local food banks. They also hold auctions where items, tickets to events, and services such as carpet cleaning are donated to raise funds for the needy. All of the money goes to those in need. I am impressed by the generosity of so many people.

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                          • #14
                            May be the rich are eating too much.

                            Just trying to be humerus hehe

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                            • #15
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                              The poor often subsist on very cheap high carbohydrate foods that simultaneously lead to obesity and malnutrition.
                              Which they are certainly free to do..

                              Freedom to succeed also means freedom to fail. People must be allowed to live by their choices.

                              It's the disadvantaged that get help, not the lazy. Please don't take my income and opportunity away to support the lazy.

                              Can't believe we're going to say, "No potato chips unless you earn at least $20,000."

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