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One in 7 US households hit by hunger issues in 2009
Reuters ^ | WASHINGTON, Nov 15 (Reuters) | Source: Reuters

Posted on 11/16/2010 4:29:25 AM PST by STONEWALLS

WASHINGTON, Nov 15 (Reuters) - The number of U.S. households that reported getting emergency food from a food pantry almost doubled between 2007 and 2009, at the height of the recession, a government report said on Monday.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said the number of households jumped to 5.6 from 3.9 million.

"Households also accessed additional assistance through USDA's 15 food and nutrition assistance programs," the article in the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) "Amber Waves" said.

The USDA oversees the government's food stamp program, also known as SNAP or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, for low-income families and other domestic feeding programs like school lunches.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: foodstamps; hunger
...I wonder how much of this is because of people who won't make the effort to cook from scratch?....you can buy a lot of chicken/rice/beans/flour/corn meal/oatmeal/pasta/eggs/grits with a SNAP card...but it takes effort to cook it and clean up after.
1 posted on 11/16/2010 4:29:31 AM PST by STONEWALLS
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To: STONEWALLS

Rooters got this story out too soon. The Pubbies have not even taken over yet. Who was in charge in 2009?


2 posted on 11/16/2010 4:30:53 AM PST by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
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To: caver

Now, this is CHANGE!


3 posted on 11/16/2010 4:32:13 AM PST by Rational Thought
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To: STONEWALLS

I can be hit with hunger issues in any single afternoon.

Seriously, I got cornered by the census, had to submit to this series of surveys back on W’s watch. The questions were entirely loaded to find any way in which you could possibly be classified as not having your fill of food at your fingertips or in your fridge 24/7.


4 posted on 11/16/2010 4:33:12 AM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: STONEWALLS

as planned


5 posted on 11/16/2010 4:33:21 AM PST by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: All

I’m hungry.. how bout some free Obama food? or maybe I can just make my own breakfast instead of paying $300 a month on my cell phone, buying new low-pro tires, getting the latest 1080i TV, and buying a $500 handbag..
Good thing I have Moochelle and Barack to give me free stuff.


6 posted on 11/16/2010 4:34:33 AM PST by newnhdad (The longest of journeys begins with one step.)
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To: STONEWALLS

Sorry libs, you can’t have it both ways. One minute there are MILLIONS of Americans going to bed hungry each night. The next we are big fat fatties that need big brother to tell us what we are allowed to eat because we are too stupid to figure it out ourselves.


7 posted on 11/16/2010 4:39:43 AM PST by mykdsmom
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To: STONEWALLS

BS


8 posted on 11/16/2010 4:41:07 AM PST by petercooper (Purge the RINO's.)
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To: STONEWALLS

This story is misleading on many levels. First, unless you are mentally ill or live in some remote region of the country, hunger is NOT an issue. Period. No question.

Rather, what this story points out is that when you give away free stuff, people take it. There are a lot of lazy people in this country who would rather go to a food bank then get off their arses and get a job. Same with food stamps and other transfer payments.

The press plays up the increase in people relying on public assistance as if its a sign that we are in a deep recession. Some of that is true but a lot more relates to the fact that we now live in a culture where it is acceptable to sit on your butt with your hand out expecting the government to house, feed and clothe you for free.


9 posted on 11/16/2010 4:43:28 AM PST by Opinionated Blowhard
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To: STONEWALLS

“One in 7 US households hit by hunger issues in 2009”

That explains all the emaciated Americans I see around here.
/sarcasm


10 posted on 11/16/2010 4:44:25 AM PST by MaryFromMichigan
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To: MaryFromMichigan

40M on food stamps out of 300M people.


11 posted on 11/16/2010 4:49:24 AM PST by Average Al (Obama: The Pulitzer Prize Schmuck.)
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To: STONEWALLS

A big pot of homemade soup, stew or chili costs pennies a serving compared to fast food. We have too many parents who no longer cook for their families.


12 posted on 11/16/2010 4:51:48 AM PST by kittymyrib
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To: Average Al

They want to control health care as an in to prohibit all fun. Including food you like and recreational pastimes you enjoy that they consider risky. Remember these are the same people who gave us Prohibition.


13 posted on 11/16/2010 4:52:59 AM PST by screaminsunshine (Americanism vs Communism)
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To: STONEWALLS

The Hundred Year War by the Progressive State against human society continues apace...and it’s winning.

The Government has most folks convinced that all of these freebies from the State are “benefits” instead of the soul-destroying impositions that they actually are.


14 posted on 11/16/2010 4:55:14 AM PST by headsonpikes (Genocide is the highest sacrament of socialism - "Who-whom?")
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To: Average Al

Oh Well, Maybe Mybelle should cut the food stamp budget. Would help reduce the number of Fatties.


15 posted on 11/16/2010 4:56:30 AM PST by barb-tex (What else did you expect from the likes of 0?)
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To: MaryFromMichigan
“One in 7 US households hit by hunger issues in 2009”

That explains all the emaciated Americans I see around here. /sarcasm

But "Seven out of ten Americans are overweight, and according to the Center For Disease Control 26.7% of all Americans are obese."

How many households that are obese/overweight were hit by "hunger issues"?

16 posted on 11/16/2010 4:59:22 AM PST by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: STONEWALLS

Must be all those food deserts we heard about from Michelle “supersizeme” Obama.


17 posted on 11/16/2010 5:00:07 AM PST by doodad
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

“This story is misleading on many levels. First, unless you are mentally ill or live in some remote region of the country, hunger is NOT an issue. Period. No question.

Rather, what this story points out is that when you give away free stuff, people take it”

You beat me! I looked at the headline and the internal truthmeter alarm immediately went off!


18 posted on 11/16/2010 5:05:02 AM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: STONEWALLS
One in 7 US households hit by hunger issues in 2009

uhhhhh ... I was hungry Sunday afternoon.

But then we had dinner.

(Does stuff like that count?)

19 posted on 11/16/2010 5:06:28 AM PST by Condor51 (SAT CONG!)
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To: STONEWALLS

Now Food Stamp use indicates hunger. A few years ago it was a case of non-use indicating hunger. I wonder what changed.
A few years ago government bureaucrats studied a neighboring rural county. They concluded that most residents were “hungry” because even though they qualified for food stamps they didn’t apply for them.
What these city slicker bureaucrats didn’t realize (or ignored) was that these farmers all had kitchen gardens, chickens, hogs and cows for food. They had cash crops and worked side jobs for cash income. They were eating healthier than most city folks.


20 posted on 11/16/2010 5:10:47 AM PST by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink)
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To: STONEWALLS
I would invite the (unnamed) author of this "story" to visit any grocery store in the country, find the longest checkout line, stand behind the person in that line and try to see what they have in their cart from the posterior view. Nine times out of ten you won't be able to see the contents of the cart in front of you because of the lard ass that stands between you and the cart.

Open your eyes and look around, Rooters. Americans ain't starving......not by a long shot.

21 posted on 11/16/2010 5:11:02 AM PST by Thermalseeker (Stop the insanity - Flush Congress!)
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To: kittymyrib

“A big pot of homemade soup, stew or chili costs pennies a serving compared to fast food. We have too many parents who no longer cook for their families.”

....AMEN!!


22 posted on 11/16/2010 5:11:37 AM PST by STONEWALLS
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To: kittymyrib

“We have too many parents who no longer cook for their families.”

Well, yeah! I was very surprised to hear that public school children in my county were given free lunch, as well as free breakfast.

I brought this up to some government school types ~ regular folks, not the stereotypical welfare types ~ and they went ballistic. They were offended.

It’s too bad they weren’t offended by the idea that the government has to prepare meals for their children?


23 posted on 11/16/2010 5:22:24 AM PST by incredulous joe (Damn the torpedoes!!)
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

As one who works at a food bank, I can say you are correct.
The idea of opening a pawn shop crosses my mind whenever I see the jewelry the clients wear.

As for me, I am a hard core couponer. I can feed a family of 4 for $150/mo but that takes work. An easier way would be the grocery game I hear.


24 posted on 11/16/2010 5:24:23 AM PST by griswold3 (Employment is off-shored, away from govt. regulations, price pressure groups, and liabilities.)
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To: incredulous joe

Here in the WDC area some schools give breakfast, lunch and dinner to the “unfortunates”. For the children... Maybe the crack-addict, loser irresponsible “parents” should care about their children. Probably, they’re too busy “community organizing”.


25 posted on 11/16/2010 5:27:18 AM PST by hal ogen (1st Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: STONEWALLS

AMEN! My son is 2 and our 3 person weekly grocery budget is $100. This includes dry goods and a couple of six packs or a couple of bottles of wine. If we didn’t buy booze my budget could be $75, but the U sucks this year and I need my emergency pinot grigio every Saturday. Anyway, we eat very well on this and I could probably cut it down more if I had to. I cook from scratch, I love my slow cooker, and I love to see how far I can stretch my dollar. I make and can my own chicken stock and beef stock. I even make my own yogurt. Super easy! Plus we have eliminated HFCS, MSG, and hydrogenated oils from out diets. Win-win.


26 posted on 11/16/2010 5:29:31 AM PST by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: STONEWALLS

Well then, when are we going to get a reality show to compete with the “Biggest Loser.” Bowling for Burgers or something.


27 posted on 11/16/2010 5:30:32 AM PST by ALPAPilot
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To: STONEWALLS

The USA has the fattest starving people in the world.


28 posted on 11/16/2010 5:32:56 AM PST by Le Chien Rouge
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To: griswold3

I work with the homeless too and it really opens your eyes. I have compassion for them but when you work with them you realize that they aren’t what the press portrays—just like you and me but fallen on hard times. I know healthy homeless men who simply refuse to work and have an incredible sense of entitlement. I got one guy a job as a chef (he was a great cook) and within two months he quit because he didn’t want to take the bus to commute and wanted a job closer to the row house he was squatting in. I also knew one guy who was in tears about the fact that he couldn’t stop drinking. I helped him find AA meetings but he viewed taking the bus to the meeting as a “pain in the ass” so he didn’t go and, of course, kept drinking.

I also work in clothing banks a couple times a year and when I see who is showing up, I really question whether they need the assistance. I honestly think some people view it as a free rumage sale.


29 posted on 11/16/2010 5:38:57 AM PST by Opinionated Blowhard
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To: STONEWALLS
...I wonder how much of this is because of people who won't make the effort to cook from scratch?....you can buy a lot of chicken/rice/beans/flour/corn meal/oatmeal/pasta/eggs/grits with a SNAP card...but it takes effort to cook it and clean up after.

Right there in a nutshell.
30 posted on 11/16/2010 5:42:32 AM PST by crosshairs (The word for actor in Greek is hypocrite (its true).)
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To: STONEWALLS

Last I knew, the federal gov’t’s definition of hunger was a person going without one meal or more in a month. Using that definition, I’ve been hungry for decades.


31 posted on 11/16/2010 5:43:36 AM PST by mewzilla
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To: griswold3

“The idea of opening a pawn shop crosses my mind whenever I see the jewelry the clients wear.”

We helped feed the homeless while in California. You’re right about the jewelry. The other thing I can’t get out of my mind is that just about all of them had better cell phones than we did and were chatting up a storm while waiting in line.


32 posted on 11/16/2010 5:44:23 AM PST by MayflowerMadam
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To: STONEWALLS

I don’t know how this story got through the Marxist filters at Reuters. This story should have been stored until the republicans took over. Some people at Reuters need to go back to the gulag re-education camps.


33 posted on 11/16/2010 5:45:20 AM PST by sergeantdave
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

There are indeed those who will always leech off others, but in the area where I live (central Alabama) the food pantries provide valuable assistance to families who are truly in need. The men & women who conduct the “intake” at these food banks see a lot of poverty and distress in those who turn to the pantries for their needs. And, there are some abusers who are turned away, too.

Guess I’m a softie, but I can’t see a hungry family and not want to help them somehow. Money, donations, grocery bags of food...these are always welcome at the food banks to help out our neighbors. That hungry family could so easily be me or my relatives. I leave it up to God to deal with the leeches who misuse the charity of others. Jesus commanded me to do 2 things: Love Him, and Love my neighbor. Hard as it is to do sometimes, it still must be done.

Okay, I’m jumping off my preaching platform...hope I haven’t offended anyone.


34 posted on 11/16/2010 5:46:33 AM PST by sassy steel magnolia (USAF life and Navy wife...God Bless the USA!)
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To: barb-tex

If the government paid out welfare via a debit card and restricted them from being used at fast food places she would get what she wants to a large extent.


35 posted on 11/16/2010 5:55:43 AM PST by Average Al (Obama: The Pulitzer Prize Schmuck.)
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To: STONEWALLS

“One in 7 US households hit by hunger issues in 2009”

How could this be? We are the fattest First World nation on earth.


36 posted on 11/16/2010 6:03:29 AM PST by Rebelbase (Palin/Christie 2012)
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To: STONEWALLS

37 posted on 11/16/2010 6:22:28 AM PST by Gritty (GM's a welfare project masquerading as economic activity. Post Obama, America will be, too-Steyn)
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To: Condor51

actually, it does for them...

this statistic is built on bs polls they ask with the question “Does your child ever say they are hungry before bedtime?” miraculously, you soon see a headline saying “1 in 5 children goes to bed hungry in the US” How many kids - especially teenagers - never say that they’re hungry?


38 posted on 11/16/2010 6:23:12 AM PST by stefanbatory (Insert witty tagline here)
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To: STONEWALLS

The number of old FRAIL seniors in wheel chairs, walkers, on funky canes are lining up at my local community center for commodities has nearly tripled in the past 18 months. They qualify for $10-30 in food stamps...while illegals get free every thing. They get 4 cans each of veggies and fruit, dry milk, peanut butter from what I can see in the bags.


39 posted on 11/16/2010 6:31:13 AM PST by GailA (obamacare paid for by cuts & taxes on most vulnerable Veterans, retired Military, disabled & Seniors)
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To: STONEWALLS

I thought we were all obese? Get your stories straight, people!


40 posted on 11/16/2010 6:33:01 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: MaryFromMichigan

How do you have 1 in 7 households with “hunger issues” yet yet at the same time have 30+% of Americans being considered Obese?????????????


41 posted on 11/16/2010 6:33:56 AM PST by PGR88
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To: STONEWALLS
It would seem the obesity problem is solving itself ... with some help from the mismanaged economy or the harebrained diversion of foodstocks to ethanol. Maybe it's just that the press releases the government employees hand out to the media are emphasizing hunger now that Republicans are about to launch a series of long needed budget cuts and headcount reductions.

Ah well, plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.

42 posted on 11/16/2010 6:35:33 AM PST by Mobties (Let the markets work! Reduce the government footprint!)
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To: STONEWALLS

I am hit by hunger every day. That’s part of the reason I have a job. When I get paid I take the money I earn and go buy food. I take it home and either I or my wife prepare it. It usually happens in the morning and then at night.


43 posted on 11/16/2010 6:36:13 AM PST by AD from SpringBay (We deserve the government we allow.)
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To: stefanbatory
We were in Costco yesterday, and a kid, about ten years old, was walking besides his Mom's full-to-the-brim shopping cart, and he was whining, "I'm STARVING! I'm STARVING!"

I had the urge to tell him to grab a few cookies from the cart! Also, don't know why he wasn't in school on a Monday!

44 posted on 11/16/2010 6:54:24 AM PST by Inspectorette
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To: griswold3

I just bought 3 turkeys at two different grocery stores.
They had limits of one and two birds per customer.
They were $.49/lb = $5- $7 for a small 10-12 lb turkey.
I put them in the freezer in the basement. We will get 2-4 meals out of each bird.
If you plan ahead and buy items on sale with a coupon you can save a lot of money. Most people are too busy or lazy to do it. How many people do you know that have a garden these days ? I know one.


45 posted on 11/16/2010 6:57:43 AM PST by woodbutcher1963
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To: STONEWALLS

If you drill down into the source document, you’ll find a disproportionate % of the neediest are (cough) hispanic (cough). IOW, we are IMPORTING this particular problem.


46 posted on 11/16/2010 7:15:31 AM PST by NativeNewYorker (Freepin' Jew Boy)
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To: woodbutcher1963; All

“We will get 2-4 meals out of each bird”

yep....and my wife and I can get 4 meals out of a roasting chicken...the last one is always chicken & rice soup with a salad.

“If you plan ahead and buy items on sale with a coupon you can save a lot of money. Most people are too busy or lazy to do it.”
absolutely!...but a lot of folks won’t make the effort...they’ll just wait for the Dems to give them bigger entitlement allotments.


47 posted on 11/16/2010 9:00:50 AM PST by STONEWALLS
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To: caver

LOL my thoughts also. Now all the homeless stories and hunger in the citys will be coming out soon...Rep. are in the house leadership.....Hope they are smart enought to blame in on democrat rule in the house for years...


48 posted on 11/16/2010 9:29:04 PM PST by goat granny
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