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Poll reveals 2009 hunger rate in US [18.2%]
Press TV ^ | January 31, 2010

Posted on 01/31/2010 10:58:35 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

A new survey indicates that nearly one in five US households could not afford to buy enough food at least once during the past year.

An anti-hunger group said the poll found 18.2 percent of households reported "food hardship" -- lacking money to buy enough food -- in 2009.

The figure reflects a higher percentage than the government's "food insecurity" rating of 14.6 percent of households, or 49 million people, in 2008.

"There are no hunger-free areas of America," Jim Weill of the Food Research and Action Center was quoted as saying by Reuters.

He added that he hoped President Barack Obama would exempt public nutrition programs from a proposed three-year freeze on domestic spending.

Obama has announced a goal to ending childhood hunger by 2015. A year ago, he backed a $1 billion-a-year increase in school lunch and other child nutrition programs.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bho44; food; foodbank; foodbanks; foodinsecurity; foodprices; foodshelf; foodshelves; foodstamps; groceries; hunger; jobless; obama; poverty; recession; unemployment
I'm sure it's all Bush's fault...
1 posted on 01/31/2010 10:58:35 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If the poor who eat way too much, and I mean not just a little too much but waddling 50 inch waistline too much, shared with those who had too little, would that solve the problem?

If you starve in America it’s virtually sure to be your own fault.


2 posted on 01/31/2010 11:06:21 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So where are the numbers on how many of the Hungry are Over weight?


3 posted on 01/31/2010 11:07:42 PM PST by PizzaDriver ( on)
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To: HiTech RedNeck; PizzaDriver

Carbohydrates are much cheaper than most proteins. Having said that, I recall a catchprase a comic used to use on BET Comicview: “Food stamps is money!”


4 posted on 01/31/2010 11:11:16 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2 million for Sarah Palin: What will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

5 posted on 01/31/2010 11:13:32 PM PST by kcvl
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To: PizzaDriver
"So where are the numbers on how many of the Hungry are Over weight?"

As a "PizzaDriver I'm sure you have a feel for what that number is!

That said, I'm a little heavy and need a little snack before bed so see ya later!

6 posted on 01/31/2010 11:13:46 PM PST by voteNRA (A citizenry armed with rifles simply cannot be tyrannized)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“one in five US households could not afford to buy enough food at least once during the past year.”.............................

So hunger happened at least once for one in five???

Geez, I can’t buy food a couple of times a week if I can’t get to an ATM machine and get some cash!

I wonder if I’m in their target group???

Clearly Zer0 is going to have to come up with another food stamp stimulous program!


7 posted on 01/31/2010 11:15:54 PM PST by Noob1999 (LOOSE LIPS, SINK SHIPS)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Are they factoring in college students?

Does eating Ramen noodles count as “hungry?” (it should).


8 posted on 01/31/2010 11:19:32 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks. Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This isn’t possible!

The Great and Glorious One was President for almost all of last year!

This sacrilege! Have the members of this group executed at once.


9 posted on 01/31/2010 11:27:19 PM PST by Pontiac
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

In my 56 years, I have never seen an American begging for food.

Food is almost as plentiful as air in America. Even after 45 years of food stamps, one in five goes hungry?

C’mon.


10 posted on 01/31/2010 11:29:39 PM PST by exit82 (Democrats are the enemy of freedom. Sarah Palin is our Esther.)
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To: exit82
Food is almost as plentiful as air in America.

The feds want to regulate air with "Cap & Trade."

Food will be regulated by "Fat & Trade."

11 posted on 01/31/2010 11:36:50 PM PST by Cobra64
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
An anti-hunger group said the poll found 18.2 percent of households reported "food hardship" -- lacking money to buy enough food -- in 2009.

The figure reflects a higher percentage than the government's "food insecurity" rating of 14.6 percent of households, or 49 million people, in 2008.

Some of those polls are very, very loose in their definitions of "hunger". For example: worrying about having enough money for food, skipping an occassional meal to make you money last, or (my favorite) restricted food choices because of you budget - so if you eat rice and beans too many times in a month you are counted as hungry, even if you end up throwing away some of them every night because you have more than you can eat.

12 posted on 01/31/2010 11:37:18 PM PST by KarlInOhio (Special SOTU tagline: YOU LIE!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Of course, all of these types of studies are done to establish a precedent for later government involvement with the intention of creating some kind of agency to look after the problem i.e. spend more money.

However, I wonder what their study would find if we rounded up the 30 million illegals in the US and deported them. All you have to do is visit the local food bank and see who is emptying the panties. Here in North Texas, it's a constant stream of illegals with their anchor babies. That's why I quit giving to any food drive. The food goes directly to illegals and helps sustain them until Juan McCain can ram through some type of amnesty bill so they can go on welfare.

Food banks are nothing more that resupply depots for the Army of La Reconquista.

13 posted on 01/31/2010 11:42:33 PM PST by Texas Jack
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To: Texas Jack
All you have to do is visit the local food bank and see who is emptying the panties.

Ok, I'm game.

(I know, you meant pantRies)

14 posted on 01/31/2010 11:47:02 PM PST by exit82 (Democrats are the enemy of freedom. Sarah Palin is our Esther.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

a 26 year old mother of six becomes pregnant again.

Her youngest sibling (one of seven) is about to turn 18 and her mother will have to move from her federally funded two-bedroom home to a one-bedroom. Solution? Mother (Grandmother) petitions to adopt daughter’s seventh baby! Paternity? Unknown!

******

My brother and his wife are on kid number three. They both have an education and refuse to work. However, they are more than willing to take money from anyone.

She keeps having kids because others care for the first two. They watch TV and play video games. They are making no attempt to get full time jobs.

She just quit her part time job because she is pregnant again. Three kids my parents are paying and caring for.

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i’m a 19 year old college student. me and my boyfriend are looking to find help in paying for school and our place and car. we need help. the money he gets every other week isn’t cutting it. we have no children. is there any way we could get on welfare for the time we have left in college? need help

******

I’m 18 with a six-week-old son. I’m not working because I’m trying to finish school. Well my boyfriend and his family are illegal and I live with them. Can I get on welfare?

******

Can you get welfare if you’re a 17 year old mother? I have a son who is almost 1 years old. Me and his father are still together. We’re living with just his mom at the momment.

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i’m 19, and my parents are leaving to go to mexico and they don’t know when they are going to come back. i’m going to college. i do have a job but i don’t work every day — i just work like one time each two weeks. i don’t have anywhere to stay and i don’t get paid that much money to afford a place so i am trying to find a friend whom i can stay with but it doesn’t seem to be working because nobody will let me stay with them so i am asking the state for help.

******

I am a 16 years old with a 1 year old son. can I be on welfare?

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I am 16 and will be 17 in December.I have an 11 month old old son and I live with his father, aunt, mother, great-grandmother and cousin. His mother recieves food stamps for me and my son as well as her son. Should I have to pay rent even though she receives foodstamps for me?

******

i’m 20 years old and i’m six weeks pregnant. i live at home with an alcoholic mother, i have no job and i don’t go to school. my boyfriend lives with my mom and i and he has a full time job but doesn’t make enough money. i have already had a miscarriage and i do not want to go through what i went through last time. i need help asap my living situation is not good at all. please help.

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I am a 18 year old single mother in the state of kansas. My insurance did not cover my pregnancy and will not cover my child. we applied for healthwave and WIC but didn’t recieve and help. I am going to college soon and I cannot juggle a child, college and a job. my parents paid most of my expenses and i would like to recieve help so they can have more money for their things is it possible for me to be eligible for welfare?

******

I’m 19 and currently living with my boyfriend. I don’t have a job and had to leave school, because I couldn’t get enough money to cover all the expenses. My aunt and uncle were granted custody of me at a young age and because of that, I was forced to declare independent status before I could go to school. I’m trying to get a job, but it’s not going well and my boyfriend and I are running out of money. Am I qualified?

******

My mom works hard everyday and commutes a lot of hours. She cannot sign my loan papers to go to college and its really hard finding a job as im 18 with a GED. She wants me to get this welfare stuff because she has been paying taxes all her life, working since 14 and knows its a hard work environment. Funny thing is though... I have pride? Life is funny. So im stuck in that situation. Broke as hell also.

******

Hi, im 16 years old, gonna be 17 in september. im a mother of a 17 month old and 4 months pregnant. I was wondering if i was eligible to get welfare for my son?, since i know i cant for myself until in 18 unless i get emancipated “Correct”??

P.S. please no negativity..thank you!

******

my husband just left me and our twins (2 1/2 years). I’m German and in the process for getting my Green Card renewed. The twins are American citizens and I need to know if they can recieve welfare. As for now we are staying with my sister in law, b/c we can’t afford our own place.

******

My boyfriend is in jail and I got laid off of work with 2 kids. Will i be eligible for welfare? Also since he signed the birth certificate does he have to pay the welfare people back when he gets out of jail?

******

im 19 and i dont have my g.e.d or my diploma yet...im 2 months pregnant and im on wic and i will soon be getting my owm food stamps...i heard that in order to get cash assitance from welfare that i have to put the baby’s father on child support, is this true or can i still get it?

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i am 19 with a 3 year old son. we live with his father and his grandparents. i have a part time job but my boyfriend (son’s father) does not, but we still pay rent to my boyfriend’s parents. are the 3 of us eligible for welfare?

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I’m 20 years old, i have a baby 4 years old and my husband is working for $250.00 a week, our rent is $1,000.00 i’m on food stamps and medicare, i’m not working so i just wonder if i can go and apply for welfare?

******

I am 17 years old. I live with my mother, stepfather, stepsister, and halfbrother. My best friend’s mother wants her to move out of their house and move in with me. She is on probation and we’re fine with her moving in. The only problem is we won’t have enough money to support another mouth to feed. Can we receive welfare? If not, do you have any suggestions that may help us?

******

We’re a single-family-income household of 3 in Rhode Island. I work and make about $25000/yr after taxes. What is the most amount of money that you can make and still receive help? Can we get welfare?

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I am 18 yrs old, I am 4 1/2 months pregnant and a full time student. I’m due in September, so this fall I will be a mother as well as a full time college student, when I can return. I have medicaid, wic, and food stamps but this is not enough for a single young mother. Can I receive welfare, if so what steps do I need to take and when?

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I’m 18 years old and 8 months pregnant with my first child. I am living with my boyfriend and his mom and I have been for about a year now.
Me and my boyfriend are both employed at part time jobs. Lately there have been little bumps in my pregnancy like too much amniotic fluid causing me too look and feel larger and having more appointments than usual. It’s getting kind of hard to stand there being a cashier.

So I was just wondering if I left on unpaid maternity leave, do you think I would be accepted for welfare?

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i am 16 years old. i’m a single pregnant teen. my baby will be born in march (next month). i do not have a social security number. can i still receive welfare for my son?

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Hello, I am a single father and have 1 child. I collect food stamps from welfare. I did my income taxes and reported 7750 that I made as a self employed babysitting. Do I still qualify for this welfare or would I have a problem?

http://tinyurl.com/yj7gnsj


15 posted on 01/31/2010 11:47:48 PM PST by kcvl
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Uh... there's no hunger problem in this country... quite the opposite...


16 posted on 01/31/2010 11:52:56 PM PST by Chet 99
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

unadulterated bullshit in the purest form

Second Harvest...a lib-progressive outfit many ignorant conservatives support claimed this Christmas that one in four kids in Nashville were hungry every nite...

that is such crap...why do they lie like that?

no one in America knows wtf real hunger is

we are such a weak stupid and neurotic peoples...always beating ourselves up for being the product of successful folks who established this nation and west civilization in general


17 posted on 01/31/2010 11:52:58 PM PST by wardaddy (Good Yankees in Massachusetts, I salute you all from bended knee in appreciation)
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To: Chet 99

C’mon, Chet, that is not an American McDonald’s restaurant. The point is good, but the evidence is flawed.


18 posted on 02/01/2010 12:01:27 AM PST by webheart (I am a Sarah fan.)
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To: wardaddy
no one in America knows wtf real hunger is

I am reminded of the recent rescue of a little girl, trapped in the wreckage of a building in Haiti, for 15 days with no water or food, and I give Thanks for her life, and for what I have.

19 posted on 02/01/2010 12:16:27 AM PST by UCANSEE2
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

How many people ‘living in hunger’ in this country have cable TV? Satellite? Cell phones?

Take it from anyone who was poor 40 years ago: Poverty ain’t what it used to be.


20 posted on 02/01/2010 12:25:17 AM PST by InABunkerUnderSF (California -- Ya es como Mexico)
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To: UCANSEE2

that is right...Haiti is real hunger at times...fortunately given where they are they can often at least not die just from stuff like mangoes which is why you see all these black kids with orange curious george mouths...

worst hunger I ever saw was on the altiplano in Bolivia


21 posted on 02/01/2010 12:29:25 AM PST by wardaddy (Book of Eli.....awesome.....Denzel Washington was perfect....Mila Kunis is smoking..nothing PC)
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To: PizzaDriver

I’m hungry now!
So, why are the majority of overweight Americans
from the so-called poverty line?

Malnutrition is certainly not one of my deficits.


22 posted on 02/01/2010 12:38:14 AM PST by ChiMark
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Understanding Poverty in America

http://www.heritage.org/Research/Welfare/bg1713.cfm

The following are facts about persons defined as “poor” by the Census Bureau, taken from various government reports:

Forty-six percent of all poor households actually own their own homes. The average home owned by persons classified as poor by the Census Bureau is a three-bedroom house with one-and-a-half baths, a garage, and a porch or patio.

Seventy-six percent of poor households have air conditioning. By contrast, 30 years ago, only 36 percent of the entire U.S. population enjoyed air conditioning.

Only 6 percent of poor households are overcrowded. More than two-thirds have more than two rooms per person.
The average poor American has more living space than the average individual living in Paris, London, Vienna, Athens, and other cities throughout Europe. (These comparisons are to the average citizens in foreign countries, not to those classified as poor.)

Nearly three-quarters of poor households own a car; 30 percent own two or more cars.

Ninety-seven percent of poor households have a color television; over half own two or more color televisions.
Seventy-eight percent have a VCR or DVD player; 62 percent have cable or satellite TV reception.

Seventy-three percent own microwave ovens, more than half have a stereo, and a third have an automatic dishwasher.

As a group, America’s poor are far from being chronically undernourished. The average consumption of protein, vitamins, and minerals is virtually the same for poor and middle-class children and, in most cases, is well above recommended norms. Poor children actually consume more meat than do higher-income children and have average protein intakes 100 percent above recommended levels.


23 posted on 02/01/2010 12:39:58 AM PST by SmartInsight (Scott Brown for President 2012)
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To: SmartInsight

Here is a current one ( the previous one I posted was from a few years ago — but the basic numbers haven’t changed.)

http://www.heritage.org/Press/Commentary/ed091109b.cfm

Census deems a household poor if its income falls below federally specified levels. But in its regular measurements, Census counts only around 4 percent of total welfare spending as “income.” Because of this, government spending on the poor can expand almost infinitely without having any detectable impact on official poverty or inequality.

Also missing in most Washington discussions about the poor is an acknowledgement of the behavioral causes of official poverty. For example, families with children become poor primarily because of low levels of parental work and high levels of out-of-wedlock childbearing with accompanying single parenthood.


24 posted on 02/01/2010 12:44:35 AM PST by SmartInsight (Scott Brown for President 2012)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
I worked in a Food Bank in Nor Cal for a few years.

The amount of food we threw away was unbelievable.

Food came from many sources. (Includes money and food).....Donated food from individuals- drop-offs and food drives, food donated from business...such as supermarkets, and money given directly to the food bank from grant programs and the government.

So much food coming in....much of it went bad and had to be thrown out. Dump runs were made almost daily. A lot of it was bread donated from local supermarkets. Perfectly good bread.

Distribution wasn't the problem. The food was delivered to pick up points all around the county. Each location had at least a weekly pick-up for the needy.

Many times the food we wanted to drop off was sent back to us. They told us many people picking up didn't want what was in the box. Pasta, bread, milk, canned goods, cereal, fruit etc....
During the holidays there was always a ham or turkey.

It makes no sense to me that anyone in this Country is hungry. I have seen the food, witnessed the distribution of it, and have seen the disposal of perfectly good, edible, nutritious food.

25 posted on 02/01/2010 12:54:54 AM PST by Aurorales
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To: Aurorales

Stuff that more sensible struggling households would almost kill for.


26 posted on 02/01/2010 12:56:47 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: wardaddy

Could be they are refusing the food?


27 posted on 02/01/2010 12:58:01 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: HiTech RedNeck

“Stuff that more sensible struggling households would almost kill for.”
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That is right. When I was a kid, sometimes the food was low. I would have been happy as a clam to get a box filled with milk, bread, cheese, cereal, sandwich meat..etc..etc

I don’t know if my dad would’ve taken it unless we were truly down to nothing. It was the way he was. God I miss him everyday of my life.


28 posted on 02/01/2010 1:07:05 AM PST by Aurorales
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To: Aurorales

Honest people ought not to be too proud for charity, as they may be in the position to give tomorrow. It is God’s business on earth.


29 posted on 02/01/2010 1:09:18 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: Aurorales

I have to add something to my last post.
There were some nights I would have liked to receive some donated food.

Back at age 7 I thought that donated food was better than ANOTHER pot of beans.
But we never asked for help. My father would just work a second job and my mom would stretch the food budget a little longer.

Looking back I know now that I should have been very grateful for the small house, food and my mom and dad who took care of me. Lesson learned.

Back to the original subject. I know there is enough food being grown and processed to feed every American Citizen.

First the hungry need to find a food drop off location that serves a food bank. Go to the drop off spot when food is delivered. Write down your name and address and take the food.


30 posted on 02/01/2010 1:17:01 AM PST by Aurorales
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yeah, tough choice. Should I buy that 50” flat screen TV or groceries?


32 posted on 02/01/2010 1:47:24 AM PST by 101voodoo
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
This is bushwah. Nobody goes to bed hungry in America unless it is because of personal sloth or parental neglect.

America throws away enough foodto feed the world.

This is another request for program funding, that is all.

33 posted on 02/01/2010 2:58:55 AM PST by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“An anti-hunger group said the poll found 18.2 percent of households reported “food hardship” — lacking money to buy enough food — in 2009.”
First off, they aren’t “buying” anything. They are exchanging food stamps, not money. Or they are going to free food centers and getting govt cheese and milk.
Secondly, if the poll included potato chips, donuts, and other crap, the percentage of households reporting “food hardship” would fall to zero.


34 posted on 02/01/2010 3:46:56 AM PST by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Reading this made me hungry. The rate is 18.2001% now.


35 posted on 02/01/2010 3:48:16 AM PST by listenhillary (FU Cass Sunstein - You are the embodiment of evil)
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To: Noob1999
Clearly Zer0 is going to have to come up with another food stamp stimulous program!

Yep! And they will need to make it pay out on a DAILY basis so as to guarantee each person has enough to eat at every moment of every day. Well, that is assuming they go to the grocery store and buy some food with it. You never know!

36 posted on 02/01/2010 3:54:27 AM PST by REPANDPROUDOFIT (Hey General, you can call me "ma'am" !)
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To: Aurorales
"Many times the food we wanted to drop off was sent back to us. They told us many people picking up didn't want what was in the box. Pasta, bread, milk, canned goods, cereal, fruit etc...."

Ahhh there it is! Undeniable proof that the food-bank is not addressing a pressing need! (Starvation/hunger)

People who are truly hungry or starving do not turn down food.

Back when Ohio was still run by the Republicans we had an event held in our county by some politician(D) addressing "the worst economy in 50 years"(2005) by holding a food bank. Local news covered the event and interviewed people in line (hundreds showed up in a town of 6000). There was a speech on how the Republicans have ruined the economy etc.

I went to this event because it was just a few blocks from where I live and work.(Not to get in line but to observe.) I was curious to see who was in line. To my surprise many people I know and grew up with were in this line and most interesting was everyone I knew in that line (I counted about 35 I knew in all) was a member of a union. Teachers/School Employees Union, Trades Unions (plumbers, electricians, etc.) Coal Miners, Government Workers, etc.

All had nice homes, nice cars and were employed at the time(employment was at that disastrous number of around 6% at the time and they were standing in line for free food.

I noticed also that most of the folks I didn't know were dressed well and when they left the event they got into late model cars.

I've always wondered what possessed them all to get into line and if the same event was held today (now that Democrats are in charge of our district and State) that those same people (many of which don't have jobs anymore) would get in line.

37 posted on 02/01/2010 4:17:43 AM PST by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the next one...)
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To: exit82
I know, you meant pantRies

Yep, but your response gave me a good chuckle.

I blame the mis-wording on lack of coffee.

38 posted on 02/01/2010 5:14:11 AM PST by Texas Jack
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To: Mad Dawgg
“Ahhh there it is! Undeniable proof that the food-bank is not addressing a pressing need! (Starvation/hunger)”
_______________________________________________

Many of the people who pick up donated food do not truly need it. Many throw away what is given to them because it isn't the kind of food they wanted.

But......there are some who truly need and appreciate the food.

The food banks I know of are year round operations. With a director, office staff, warehouseman, volunteers.

Some of the things I saw there were very eye opening.

I mentioned it before, but worth repeating..the amount of food that was thrown away at the dump because no one wanted it was massive.

Plus the funny accounting that went on to give the director a big paycheck.

And the under reporting of food in warehouse, so they could receive government money to buy more food and to of course have money for bigger paychecks.

Sad, all of it. Good idea, but left alone to run amok.

I think long and hard before I donate a dime to any non-profit.
Many non-profits are run badly. And many times the accounting they show you is bogus. I have seen it myself many times.

Check very well before you donate FReepers.

39 posted on 02/01/2010 11:07:50 AM PST by Aurorales
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