Hunger in America growing at staggering pace

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    (CNN) - It’s hard to believe, but one in seven Americans – 15% of the country – now need government-provided food stamps simply to survive.

    The new numbers just came out from the United States Department of Agriculture, which administers what’s officially called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

    Nearly 46 million Americans receive food stamps out of a population of some 311 million people. That’s the highest number on record.

    The continued high unemployment and the weak U.S. economy have contributed to the explosive growth of the food stamp program – with no end in sight to the monthly increases.

    Here’s some context:
    - In October 2007, some 27 million Americans were on food stamps.
    - A year later, October 2008, the number had reached nearly 31 million.
    - By October 2009, the number was approaching more than 37 million.
    - Last October saw the program increase to 43 million.
    - By the end of May, 45,753,078 Americans were dependent on food stamps.

    So how much money in food stamps do they get?
    - An eligible individual gets $200 a month in food stamps – in the form of a debit card that can be used at supermarkets and stores to buy authorized food.
    - A two-person household gets $367 a month.
    - A three-person household gets $526 a month.
    - And a four-person household gets $668 a month.

    That’s certainly not a lot of money to purchase food for adults and children, but that’s what so many American families have to live on. Many of them simply don’t have any other money.

    By the way, the just-approved first round of nearly $1 trillion in debt ceiling spending cuts over the next 10 years exempted any cuts in the food stamps program.

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    Funny, all I see is some statistics about food stamps. If hunger is growing at some sort of staggering rate why doesn't the article actually talk about that, instead of going on about food stamps and how one idiot that spends $500 on his shoes cannot imagine surviving on food stamps?
     
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    Just because there's more people gaming the system doesn't mean they are starving.
     
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    This nation has the most hulking bunch of fatassed dollops on the planet....Probably a good thing for them to skip a meal or three.
     
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    That's weird because all I read is about how we're the most obese nation on the planet.
     
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    Know the difference between "supplemental" and "survival"?
     
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    People havin' a tough time keepin' food on the table...
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    One in Seven US Households Struggles to Afford Food
    September 07, 2011 - More than 17 million American households had trouble affording adequate food in 2010, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
     
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    Come to think of it I am feeling a tad peckish.
     
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    Of course they're having trouble getting food, they also have a color tv set, dvd player, car, microwave, cable/satellite --all that stuff adds up.
    The only thing that's hard to believe is America has 43 million people who'd rather starve to death than give up their color tv set, dvd player, car, microwave, cable/satellite. Then again may be so, they'd rather keep that stuff than get off food stamps.
     

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