Skip to comments.National poll: 25 percent of Springfield (MA) households with children report food hardship
Posted on 08/18/2011 8:57:12 PM PDT by matt04
A national poll has found that approximately 25 percent of Springfield households with children report a hardship in affording food.
The report by the Food Research and Action Center, based in Washington, D.C., ranks the Springfield metropolitan area as having the 37th highest food hardship rate among the 100 largest metropolitan statistical areas in the country.
The rankings are based on data gathered in 2009 and 2010 as part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index project, the center reported.
The food hardship rates in Springfield for households with or without children are unconscionable, said Andrew Morehouse, executive director of The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, in a statement. These new data reaffirm what weve been seeing in our communities that more than 108,000 people in Western Mass. continue to struggle with hunger in these economic times, and that approximately one in three of all people served by the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts are children.
The poll showed that 25.4 percent of households with children in the Springfield metropolitan area report food hardships, and 19.1 percent of the households without children report hardships, according to the center.
The specific question asked was: Have there been times in the past 12 months when you did not have enough money to buy food that you or your family needed?
Morehouse said the data gathered reinforce the fact that this is not the time to make our safety net weaker.
Morehouse said Congress and its recently established deficit reduction congressional committee, should protect programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps), free and reduced price school meals, the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program, and federal emergency food assistance.
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I am sick of seeing people at the local supermarket near Springfield purchasing expensive and non-essential items like birthday cakes, steaks, etc with food stamps.
I don’t make judgements on what people eat. Are they suppose to eat Spam? Other peoples diets are none of my business.
But the bigger point is that food prices are thru the roof.
Anyone that has been to a supermarket lately knows that.
How can there be poverty problems in Massachusetts - isn’t the state controlled by liberals?
No kidding. Go to Georgia and eat a peach. Morons.
Poor In America: Cable TV, Cell Phones, Video Games and More
The majority of poor Americans are not as bad off as we may have been led to believe at least in terms of everyday amenities. With a government social network that includes benefits like unemployment, food stamps, welfare, rental and mortgage assistance, and health care, the poor in America are still doing fairly well compared to their counterparts in most other countries around the world.
The following chart from The Heritage Foundation shows that even poor Americans those who fall below the official income poverty line usually have a DVD player, video gaming system, multiple televisions, a computer, washer and dryer, cable TV, dedicated internet, a cell phone, and in a very limited amount of cases, even a jacuzzi.
The figures were taken in a government consumption survey near the height of the financial and economic bubble in 2005.
With poor people enjoying the benefits of what would traditionally be considered middle class is it any wonder, then, that the entire debt based system of this country is in collapse?
America, it seems, has the richest poor people in the world.
We have created a culture of entitlement in this country, where the poor and even the middle class have been led to believe that they can spend above their means, and any income discrepancies will be offset by government assistance (incidentally, it seems that our premier corporations are operating under the same narrative). It is, after all, the right of every American to have a cell phone, or internet, several TVs, and a washer & dryer. If that means we have to take income from one group of people at the barrel of a gun to make sure Joe Poor-Pack has these critical amenities, then so be it.
The gap between the middle class and the poor is certainly being closed. Unfortunately, it is closing in the wrong direction. Instead of the poor moving up the income and net worth ladder, it is the other way around. The depression, wage cuts, inflation, taxation and destruction of credit is knocking the middle class down one rung at a time.
Soon, there will be only the poor and the wealthy, but at least well all have cell phones, iPads and cable TV.
Krusty Burgers are cheap.
I lived in downtown Springfield 20 years ago. This doesn’t surprise me at all. Puerto Ricans are a real study in human priorities. They’d sell their mothers to keep their knives.
I remember when I was in India walking past families digging through the garbage on the streets, this Indian girl asked me if there were any “poor people in the US. I wasn’t sure how to answer so I told her there are many people who feel they are poor here.
In George Will’s column, he states that the disposable income of a single welfare mother with 2 children is higher than that of a postal worker!
That is an eyeopener.
We obviously need to give more jacuzzis to the poor.
I don’t see that at all.
Prime grade NY steaks at the Kroger’s Fred Meyers near where I live in Washington State was $4.49 per pound this week. Last year, same date, they were $9.95 per pound.
I suspect that many beef producers are reducing their herds this year due to the expected higher prices for feed this winter. But it seems grain and hay prices this coming fall are not going to be that great.
It is the cost of shipping food that is expensive.
The odd thing though is that the local economy is BOOMING, since so many folks get food stamps, which add $1.84 to the economy for every $1 spent.
did they vote for obama?
that could be the problem.
You are correct. Food prices are thru the roof.
But a bigger problem, to me, is that most people don't know how to cook these days. Precooked and pre-packaged items are very expensive. Eating out is prohibitive.
But if one shops the sales, uses coupons and actually cooks, you can feed a family relatively inexpensively.
Been there..done that. (and still do,gravy really doesn't have to come from a jar or package.)
Exact opposite here at Kroger in Central Ohio.
I was just in the hospital having a baby and they come into your room to try to sign you up for WIC. They don’t seem to care if you are eligible or not.
Really? How weird.
I used to find beef was cheaper at Costco, but not any more.
Thriftiness when food shopping is natural to me, but then I don’t drink soda, rarely eat packaged food, and never eat cereal. Saving on food means I get to drink a glass of good red wine every evening. Ha!
They were on sale.
No doubt. But that is the time to buy and freeze for future use.
Walk into any poor household and offer them cash for their big screen TV and food coupons for their cable...they won’t take it. We have a family in our family..broke, poor, etc..they have four TV’s..two new cable for all and they can’t afford to get shots for their kids to go to school.
Priorties have really changed.
A family member fell on hard times a while back. I was trying to help financially. I was told he had cut back to the bone.
Since I had paid several of his bills, I knew that he had a $175 cable bill and a $125 cell phone bill.
I was like..really dude? I don’t have those things myself. It hurt...but I cut him loose.
Pure unadulterated BS. Beans, rice, cornbread and grits is a perfectly adequate diet, and I have seen the time would have compared them to gourmet haute cuisine doings.
Hell, I am 72 years old, still have my grits and eggs for breakfast, love my cornbread and beans at least once a week.
And just in case of SHTF, have 100 lbs of rice 200 of beans, 50 each of corn meal and grits stored. Consider it cheap insurance, all dated, rotational used and replaced.
Having seen some real hard times makes me frugal to the nth degree.
I have seen her buy up to 70-80 lbs at a time. Some store's will try to limit her amount, but she will argue like hell if they did not have a limit advertised.
A national poll of a small city, what am I missing here.
I call BS, lift the covers and you’ll find the usual free lunch for kids, 365 days a year.
Do these people not know that one can actually put these little tiny things in the ground and - lo and behold! - food will magically appear in a few months?
Nonsense, there is a “childhood obesity epidemic.”
13 of those things on your list we don’t have.
“I used to find beef was cheaper at Costco, but not any more.”
So 0.4% of the population do NOT have a refrigerator? Who are these people? There can’t be THAT many Grizzly Adams’ out there.
MAybe they could ask BO to donate a couple of those extra hudred thousand dollars he said he has to the hungry.
Still wondering what he did with Nobel Money?
Oh, my! Love those stand-alone freezers!
I’ve stocked up on charcoal. Never know when the power grid will go down. Hee, hee.
“But the bigger point is that food prices are thru the roof.
Anyone that has been to a supermarket lately knows that.”
It is a good thing that items like food, clothing and shelter don’t count on the inflation index, or we would have some serious inflation. I guess they just count essentials like budgie grit, styrofoam packing peanuts and pine straw.
If their diets are being funded with money taken from you at gunpoint, they should be. Non-working "poor" people should not have higher standards of living than actual working people.
it’s such a hardship shoving the last twinkie from the box in your fat mouth for lunch!
These stories are pure bs. Nearly everytime I see an obese person or child they are poor.
You don’t know what I appreciate!
You don’t know what I appreciate!
Ao a Diabetic that requires a special diet should check with you to make sure what they buy is politically correct.
a local grocery had Rib eyes on sale recently. You could buy 4 packs of Rib Eyes for $10. Does that make me some rich person or a smart shopper?
But maybe we should demand that FS only buy bread and water.
That is one issue that really makes me mad. The Gov tries to make people think they are crazy, when they are paying much more for food and energy as well as increasing Medical Care prices. The Gov seems to be saying, believe what I tell you not your lying eyes.
I would like to see a Law that goes the other way. Government agencies (people) that knowingly lie to the American Public are liable for fine and imprisonment.
Your use of the reductio ad absurdum deflates your arguments.
People here are complaining about food stamp users buying and having luxuries. So people who actually FUND those eating for free are just supposed to shut up and smile ?
All over Texas they're advertising for "free" meals during the summer - in ADDITION to food stamps. During the school year kids get "free" breakfast and lunch, as the kids' parents drive them to school in high dollar vehicles. At the elementary across the street from my house, I watched while Mommy, driving a Mercedes CL65 AMG dropped off her daughter for "free" breakfast.
With the vast amounts of tax money being showered on the "poor", I'm highly suspicious of these "food hardship" stories.
So what YOU consider a luxury should decide what people purchase.
Here is an example of a Diet for Lukemia Patients. Since it requires high protein, in your world they would not be allowed to eat steak.
Your dietitian may use the following nutrition interventions to combat side effects throughout your leukemia treatment:
Weight loss: Your dietitian will monitor you closely to ensure you are maintaining a healthy weight, since weight loss can delay or interrupt your leukemia treatment.
Fatigue: Your dietitian may recommend small, frequent meals and nutrient-dense foods to give you more energy.
Nausea: Your dietitian may recommend a low-fat, bland diet of cold foods, ginger products, peppermint, or sea bands to combat nausea. An hour before treatment, he/she may suggest you eat a high-protein, bland meal.
Anemia: Your dietitian may recommend iron and folic acid supplements to boost your red blood cell count.
Low blood counts: Your dietitian may recommend a well-balanced, protein-rich diet to help your blood counts return to a safe level.
Constipation: Your dietitian may recommend you increase your fiber intake and stay hydrated to relieve constipation.
“NEVER CRITICIZE A MAN UNTIL YOU’VE WALKED A MILE IN HIS MOCASSINS”
You keep making this personal, so I’ll give you personal. I am self employed and don’t make a lot of money and I resent the hell out of people I see at the supermarket paying with food stamp cards and then getting into cars that I can’t afford. How dare they, and how you defend this obscene theft.
Priorities my FRiend, priorities...
Instead of Food Stamps, the Government should have food distribution centers. Michelle Obama should run them.
If people are truly food poor, they would go there and pickup their weekly ration of food for each family member.
That way you cut down on fraud.
John Stossel once said, if you tell people that the food in the market is free, they'll head straight for the Filet Mignon. When it's your own hard earned money, you clip coupons and buy store brands.
No it’s not personal, it’s reality for millions of unemployed.
Why should the millions of victims of this administration be penalized because voters fell for a charlatan politician.
My point is that there but for the grace of God go you or I.
I don’t believe starving millions of people due to the policies of the Dum administration is a smart move. Eventually those people will start to riot. Feeding the goals of this Fascist Admin.
Remember Van Jones plan, squeeze from the top and squeeze from the bottom. Top- Gov regs etc. Bottom- unemployment, starvation, homeless. It’s not that hard to figure out what is the goal of these commie/fascist pigs. The total destruction of our society.