A Million Children go to Bed Hungry in U.S.

Record numbers go hungry in the US
Government report shows 50m people unable to put food on the table at some point last year

More than a million children regularly go to bed hungry in the US, according to a government report that shows a startling increase in the number of families struggling to put food on the table.

President Barack Obama, who pledged to eradicate childhood hunger, has described as “unsettling” the agriculture department survey, which says 50 million people in the US – one in six of the population – were unable to afford to buy sufficient food to stay healthy at some point last year, in large part because of escalating unemployment or poorly paid jobs. That is a rise of more than one-third on the year before and the highest number since the survey began in 1995.

The agriculture secretary, Tom Vilsack, said: “These numbers are a wake-up call … for us to get very serious about food security and hunger, about nutrition and food safety in this country.”

Vilsack said he expected the numbers to worsen when the survey for this year is released in 2010.

The report said 6.7 million people were defined as having “very low food security” because they regularly lacked sufficient to eat. Among them, 96% reported that the food they bought did not last until they had money to buy more. Nearly all said they could not afford to eat balanced meals. Although few reported that this was a permanent situation throughout the year, 88% said it had occurred in three or more months.

Nearly half reported losing weight because they did not have enough money to buy food. Full Story

Household Food Security in the United States, 2008

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3 responses to “A Million Children go to Bed Hungry in U.S.

  1. Thank you for posting this!

    An immense food insecurity storm is brewing and it is just heating up. Unless we immediately start tracking a radically different progressive path, and ideology about our food systems and the valuation of farm labor, this storm will be brutal.

    It disturbingly seems that 99.9% of the population, at least in America is either unwilling to discuss this issue, or incapable of comprehending this food insecurity reality, or they are lulled into a false sense of complacency. Complacency that has arrived by an unconscious, lack of critical future thinking participation within an “Industrial Food Complex.” An IFC that thrives upon making food consumers dependent on cheap, convenient labor free, and hassle free food. Food that is near totally dependent upon devalued labor, cheap energy and available water.

    Unfortunately, our educational model is almost entirely based upon the promise that winning a more valued educational level, means escaping mundane labor, low pay and physical exertion, which is the backbone of the agricultural industry.

    Maybe if there were oscars and academy awards, and or championships rings for the legions of people that feed and serve us, things might be different right now. But, since I am not in the business changing social attitudes, I am focusing on helping people learn how to grow some food and becoming less dependent on social handouts…

    There is no true independence and evolved social interdependence without hard labor and physical exertion. Nirvana, is not a premise that will be attained with desires to exist within serve me motivations…

    Strong societies critically depend upon sustainable and stabilized food systems that are deeply anchored by healthy and fair social economic practices.

    • Your points are accurate and well taken Chris. I agree that few people are aware of the food insecurity issue, and unfortunately most will not be until they are personally affected by it. This video speaks to the issue of land grabbing:

      • Thank you for bringing this to my attention… I was not aware of the intensity of this international farm land grab. And I spend most of my time looking for this sort of stuff…

        This makes an even greater case for the focus and development of the “Food Localization” effort.

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