Thursday, March 1, 2012

Hunger in America Persists...



The interrelated issues of poverty and hunger are still a reality in America, in spite of any signals of economic recovery. The recent Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) report as well as a recent one by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) show both the depth of the Great Recession and the challenge of recovery. Now is not the time to tamper with the safety net that so many of our citizens need. In fact it is proof, that CitySquare and other organizations like it, are important intermediaries in stemming the tide of impending disaster for many of our most vulnerable neighbors...

"More Americans said they struggled to buy food in 2011 than in any year since the financial crisis, according to a recent report from the Food Research and Action Center, a nonprofit research group. About 18.6 percent of people -- almost one out of every five -- told Gallup pollsters that they couldn't always afford to feed everyone in their family in 2011.""One might assume that number got smaller wrapped up with the national unemployment rate falling for several consecutive months. In actuality, the reverse proved true: the number of people who said they couldn't afford food just kept rising and rising."
"The findings from FRAC highlight what many people already know: The economic recovery, in theory now more than two years old, has done little to keep millions of Americans out of poverty and deprivation. Incomes for many haven't kept pace with the cost of living, and for a large swath of the country, things today are as bad as ever, or worse."
"Forty-six million people lived below the poverty line as of 2010, a record number, according to the Census Bureau, and one that's not even as high as some other estimates would have it. Take a further step back and the situation appears even more dire. About 45 percent of people in the U.S. have reported not being able to cover their basic living expenses, including food, shelter and transportation, according to the group Wider Opportunities for Women."
"The official poverty rate is about 15 percent, but over two-fifths of Americans have so little saved that one financial emergency is all it would take to put them in poverty, according to the Corporation for Enterprise Development."

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