Saturday, November 21, 2009

Hungry (Starving almost) in the USA

The USDA reports that 14.6% of American families were considered "food insecure" in 2008. Interestingly the Bush administration wanted to stop these reports.

"In 2008, 85 percent of U.S. households were food secure throughout the entire year, but 14.6 percent of households were food insecure at least some time during that year, up from 11.1 percent in 2007.

This is the highest recorded prevalence rate of food insecurity since 1995 when the first national food security survey was conducted."

Meanwhile in Janesville WI, where GM has recently closed a plant, the UAW/GM Holiday food drive has ended after 25 years of service:

"JANESVILLE--The UAW/GM Employee Assistance Program holiday food drive of 25 years won’t happen this year.

“It just leaves a big hole in my heart and in the community,” said Marv Wopat, who has led the effort since the beginning with Nurse Nancy Nienhuis.

Wopat and Neinhuis made the heart-wrenching decision two weeks ago not to conduct the program this holiday season after two months of discussions, Wopat said.

Knowing what they had to have and don’t have, after so many years, brought them to their sad, depressing conclusion.

“There’s no way to get the money,’’ Wopat said.

“Our employees were the main source of all our money. We’d go up and down the line and collect the money,’’ he said.

The impact will be felt communitywide."

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