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Tuesday, December 9

What's so great about the USA when 36 million people are struggling for food?

How much money was pissed away occupying and bombing the shit out of Iraq? How many more billions are pissed away on military superiority when our very own are starving?

The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) Calls on President-Elect Obama and Congress to Make Ending Hunger a Priority
Washington, D.C. - The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) today pressed the new Administration and Congress to quickly implement policies that will effectively and decisively reduce hunger in America, just as the U.S. Department of Agriculture released new data showing that more than 36.2 million Americans struggled against hunger in 2007, compared to 35.5 million in 2006 and 33.2 million in 2000. The number of people in the worst-off category – the hungriest Americans – rose by forty percent since 2000, from 8.5 million to 11.9 million.

“During the campaign, President-elect Barack Obama committed to ending childhood hunger in this country by 2015,” said FRAC President Jim Weill. “Polling data show that Americans overwhelmingly agree that ending hunger should be a top priority for the nation. While this is a time of growing hunger and economic distress around the nation, there are important opportunities ahead that can significantly boost our nation’s investment in the fight against hunger and help the President-elect meet this important goal.” continued
It will take until 2015 to end childhood hunger? Is he kidding me? And they wonder why the crime rate is so high in this country? At least you get fed in jail.

Bad news. The UN paints a bleak picture for the hungry in the rest of the world as well. The goal was to halve hunger in the world by 2015 and now they say that that goal is ever more elusive. 40 million more people were plunged into chronic hunger this year. The story is here.

Let's try to do our part and contribute to food drives not only during the holiday season but all year long. We can't count on the powers that be to solve this.

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