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Child Hunger Is Exploding In Greece – And 14 Signs That It Is Starting To Happen In America Too

ChildThe world is heading into a horrific economic nightmare, and an inordinate amount of the suffering is going to fall on innocent children.  If you want to get an idea of what America is going to look like in the not too distant future, just check out what is happening in Greece.  At this point, Greece is experiencing a full-blown economic depression.  As I have written about previously, the unemployment rate in Greece has now risen to 27 percent, which is much higher than the peak unemployment rate that the U.S. economy experienced during the Great Depression of the 1930s.  And as you will read about below, child hunger is absolutely exploding in Greece right now.  Some families are literally trying to survive on pasta and ketchup.  But don't think for a moment that it can't happen here.  Sadly, the truth is that child hunger is already rising very rapidly in our poverty-stricken cities.  Never before have we had so many Americans unable to take care of themselves.  Food stamp enrollment and child homelessness have soared to brand new all-time records, and there are actually thousands of Americans that are so poor that they live in tunnels underneath our cities.  But for millions of other Americans, the suffering is not quite so dramatic.  Instead, they just watch their hopes and their dreams slowly slip away as they struggle to find a way to make it from month to month.  There are millions of parents that lead lives that are filled with constant stress and anxiety as they try to figure out how to provide the basics for their children.  How do you tell a child that you can't give them any dinner even though you have been trying as hard as you can?  What many families go through on a regular basis is absolutely heartbreaking.  Unfortunately, more poor families slip through the cracks with each passing day, and these are supposedly times in which we are experiencing an "economic recovery".  So what are things going to look like when the next major economic downturn strikes?

A recent New York Times article detailed the horrifying child hunger that we are witnessing in Greece right now.  At some schools there are reports of children actually begging for food from their classmates...

As an elementary school principal, Leonidas Nikas is used to seeing children play, laugh and dream about the future. But recently he has seen something altogether different, something he thought was impossible in Greece: children picking through school trash cans for food; needy youngsters asking playmates for leftovers; and an 11-year-old boy, Pantelis Petrakis, bent over with hunger pains.

“He had eaten almost nothing at home,” Mr. Nikas said, sitting in his cramped school office near the port of Piraeus, a working-class suburb of Athens, as the sound of a jump rope skittered across the playground. He confronted Pantelis’s parents, who were ashamed and embarrassed but admitted that they had not been able to find work for months. Their savings were gone, and they were living on rations of pasta and ketchup.

Could you imagine that happening to your children or your grandchildren?

Don't think that it can't happen.  Just a few years ago the Greek middle class was vibrant and thriving.

And we are starting to see hunger explode in other European countries as well.  For example, in the UK the number of people receiving emergency food rations has increased by 170 percent over the past year.

This is one of the reasons why I get upset when people say that "things are getting better".  Yes, the stock market has been setting record highs lately, but things are most definitely not getting better.

Even during this false bubble of debt-fueled economic stability that we are enjoying right now, we continue to see hunger and poverty rise dramatically in America.

Since Barack Obama has been president, the number of Americans on food stamps has grown from 32 million to more than 47 million.

Will we all be on food stamps eventually?

Will we all become dependent on the government for our survival at some point?

According to the Boston Herald, even Tamerlan Tsarnaev was receiving government welfare benefits...

Marathon bombings mastermind Tamerlan Tsarnaev was living on taxpayer-funded state welfare benefits even as he was delving deep into the world of radical anti-American Islamism, the Herald has learned.

State officials confirmed last night that Tsarnaev, slain in a raging gun battle with police last Friday, was receiving benefits along with his wife, Katherine Russell Tsarnaev, and their 3-year-old daughter. The state’s Executive Office of Health and Human Services said those benefits ended in 2012 when the couple stopped meeting income eligibility limits.

Isn't that crazy?

And yes, there are some people out there that are abusing the system.  In fact, the cost of food stamp fraud has risen sharply to approximately $750 million in recent years.

But most of the people on these programs really need the help.  Thanks to our incredibly foolish economic policies, there are not enough good jobs for everyone and there never will be again.  The percentage of Americans that are unable to take care of themselves is going to continue to rise, and the suffering that we are witnessing right now is going to get much, much worse.

Not that things aren't really, really bad already.  Here are some signs that child hunger in America has already started to explode...

#1 Today, approximately 17 million children in the United States are facing food insecurity.  In other words, that means that "one in four children in the country is living without consistent access to enough nutritious food to live a healthy life."

#2 We are told that we live in the "wealthiest nation" on the planet, and yet more than one out of every four children in the United States is enrolled in the food stamp program.

#3 The average food stamp benefit breaks down to approximately $4 per person per day.

#4 It is being projected that approximately 50 percent of all U.S. children will be on food stamps before they reach the age of 18.

#5 It may be hard to believe, but approximately 57 percent of all children in the United States are currently living in homes that are either considered to be either "low income" or impoverished.

#6 The number of children living on $2.00 a day or less in the United States has grown to 2.8 million.  That number has increased by 130 percent since 1996.

#7 According to Feeding America, "households with children reported food insecurity at a significantly higher rate than those without children, 20.6 percent compared to 12.2 percent".

#8 According to a Feeding America hunger study, more than 37 million Americans are now being served by food pantries and soup kitchens.

#9 For the first time ever, more than a million public school students in the United States are homeless.  That number has risen by 57 percent since the 2006-2007 school year.

#10 Approximately 20 million U.S. children rely on school meal programs to keep from going hungry.

#11 One university study estimates that child poverty costs the U.S. economy 500 billion dollars each year.

#12 In Miami, 45 percent of all children are living in poverty.

#13 In Cleveland, more than 50 percent of all children are living in poverty.

#14 According to a recently released report, 60 percent of all children in the city of Detroit are living in poverty.

For many more facts about the dramatic explosion of poverty in this country, please see my previous article entitled "21 Statistics About The Explosive Growth Of Poverty In America That Everyone Should Know".

Unfortunately, most of the time statistics don't really tell the whole story.  Numbers alone cannot really communicate the soul-crushing despair that millions of American families are enduring on a daily basis at this point.

How can numbers communicate the pain that a child feels when her grandmother does not eat because there is not enough food for everyone in the family?  But this is what some families in America actually go through because there is not enough money...

Vanyshia tells about the sacrifices her Grandmother makes so that she and her siblings can eat. “Sometimes my Grandma can’t even eat because she has to feed me and my brother and sister. Sometimes I don’t eat as much as I want to because I leave some for my Grandma because I don’t want her to sit there and starve. Sometimes she doesn’t have enough money to buy food, so she has to go to the bank and borrow money. It makes me feel sad. I don’t want her to be hungry. I just feel sad sometimes,” says Vanyshia.

Things can be particularly tough when you are a single parent.  The BBC recently profiled a single mother that is struggling to raise two young children in Iowa...

"We don't get three meals a day like breakfast, lunch and then dinner," says Kaylie. "When I feel hungry I feel sad and droopy."

Kaylie and Tyler live with their mother Barbara, who used to work in a factory. After losing her job, she was entitled to unemployment benefit and food stamps - this comes to $1,480 (£974) a month.

But they were no longer able to afford to live in their house, which along with bills cost $1,326 (£873) a month, leaving little for food or petrol.

Kaylie supplemented their income by collecting cans along the railway track near their old home - earning between two and five cents per can.

For more examples like this one, I encourage everyone to go watch a recent BBC documentary entitled "America's Poor Kids" that you can see right here.

I wonder why we don't see more stuff like this on the mainstream news in this country?

Could it be that the mainstream media does not want to admit how bad things have really gotten?

All of this is also a reminder that we need to be generous to those in need.  Times are going to get much, much harder than this, and we are all going to need one another.

So do you have any stories of poverty or child hunger from your area of the country to share?  Please feel free to share your thoughts by posting a comment below...

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  • K

    I know the local Salvation Army I support. Is having to feed 3 times as many people as just 2 years ago. On this very blog just a couple of days ago. There was a discussion of what do you do, when starving children, show up at your door? Simple answer, feed them. for as long as you can, and as many as you can. I would rather die, than live with the memory I turned away a starving child.

    • Keywee

      Yes, what is the point of living when you have to watch others suffer in order to preserve your own life. Only a psychopath can handle that kind of situation. I would rather die with a clear conscience than live with that burden every day.

    • Vitality6

      Good on you!

      Love
      xxxxx

    • Louise in MO

      Me too, K. I could not turn the children away.

    • L K

      I won’t be answering my door at all. Problem solved.

  • Tim

    What bothers me is all the food that is wasted in this nation, especially in the grocery industry.

    There is a business here in the upstate of South Carolina called Deal Mart. They buy food that has reached or passed its Sell-By date and sell it at a big discount. (I’m not sure whether they buy directly from local grocery stores or from some intermediary.) I’ll admit that they do sell a lot of stuff that no one should eat, stuff that will only cause people to spend more later on in medical bills. But they often have very nutritious items. For example, one time I found Kerrygold butter (8 oz. tub) for $1.00! This stuff is $4 or more at other local grocery stores.

    I would like to see more businesses that do this.

    • Ayn Rand

      In Lancaster, PA, they have a nice store run by the Amish called B.B.’s. Great stuff, all of it surplus, and sold at massive discounts. Go to it every once in a while to stock up on nonperishables!

      • Tim

        I love Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. And I admire the lifestyle of the Amish. I know the Amish aren’t perfect. They have their problems just like everyone else. But I think their agrarian, separatist lifestyle is so much better.

        The last time I visited Lancaster County I went to Green Dragon. Wonderful place! Surely you’re familiar with it.

    • Vitality6

      So get together and organise this so that families, schools etc can take advantage.

      There are so many simple ways we can show empathy, compassion and love.

      Isn’t that why we are here?

      To make the world a better place in every way we can??

      Love
      x

  • Mustard Seed

    With all of our modern day technology, we still have hunger in the world. It’s amazing and shameful, because it is absolutely unnecessary. But we have allowed banks and corporations to control everything to include the availability of clean food, water and medicine…all for the benefit of a small number of shareholders.

    What is happening in Greece is terrible, and it is going to spread worldwide. I would not be surprised to see a major “catastrophe” completely collapse our system if the banksters cannot successfully orchestrate their worldwide banking takeover. The powers that be only need 3-9 months of a grid down situation to kill off half of our population. An EMP would do that easily, and it would keep all of the infrastructure intact.

    After a few months, the banks restart lending operations, and miraculously everything begins to work again.

    I wouldn’t put it past them. They created the derivatives just for this purpose.

    People in Africa and the Middle East have been starving for years, and the world has barely taken notice. Who is going to stop the self inflicted famine from spreading…not the mega banks and corporations. They could care less.

    • jaxon64

      malnutrition causes infertility and lowers birth rates—think about it…

    • DownWithLibs

      I keep thinking that we could have a “friendly-fire” EMP. Just don’t know anymore.

      • Mustard Seed

        Exactly…”friendly fire” EMP…hard to imagine…but possible. I think they are considering any and all options at their disposal.

    • Louise in MO

      Children in the Middle East and in Africa are starving because their GOVERNMENTS take the billions in aid that we give them and spend it on the military and give NO food to the people.

      That is the real reason they are dying of malnutrition. If we could somehow come up with a way to take the FOOD directly to the people and bypass the government/military we could save milions.

      There is NO excuse for children in this country going to bed hungry because their lazy parents won’t cook the right kind of foods! When I read this kind of stuff it drives me cray

  • Mr.Lee

    Well hey, we have wars to fighter, money changers to bail out and politicians to enrich. Who cares if a few kids starve right.

    • Beth

      got to keep those priorities in order right? (sarcasm intended!)

  • Buddy199

    I wonder why we don’t see more stuff like this on the mainstream news in this country?
    ————-
    You would, if we had a republican president, you’d never hear the end of it.

    • Ayn Rand

      Nope. Do you actually believe that the Republican Party has any cares for the people (Except Rand and Ron)? America’s political parties are simply a two headed snake called the WAR PARTY!

      • Buddy199

        The Oba-media has been covering for him since day 1. They would never do the same for a republican, as horrible as things are. They would trumpet the bad news 24/7 instead of ignoring it as they do now.

        • Ayn Rand

          Lies. Stop believing in the false left-right paradigm. It is just a tool used to divide us so the elite can conquer us. They have a plan, no matter what. Even during Bush they never trumpeted how TRULY bad things were. They believed in the bull crap that we would stay prosperous.

          • Syrin

            No, you’re wrong. I agree there is very little difference between the parties, but there is a CHASM between the way the two parties are treated. The demons are OPENLY advocating taking away all our rights, openly taking everything we earn, openly pushing for dependency, and the MEDIA is little more than a mouthpiece for the democratic party.

            Make no mistake, the problem IS liberalism, the solution is conservatism, but there is no conservative party any more.

          • otter1111

            Well said, Syrin, although there are a few conservative republicans out there. The one good thing is that not a single republican voted for the disaster that is Obamacare. Not one.

          • Vitality6

            Sorry, love, right left paradigm just a distraction!!!

            Whoever you vote for the government get in and keep rolling out the agenda.

            Switch off the tv and get informed!

            x

          • Ayn Rand

            I will never believe in the establishment. All parties should be abolished, just like organized religion. Everyone should have their own INDIVIDUAL beliefs and simply believe in what they want to believe. I am not a part of the problem. I want every last elite hung or beheaded (that includes most of your precious “conservatives” they are part of the elite). The only thing that can save us is the return to TRUE freedom and Laissez Faire EVERYTHING. Minarchy and libertarianism. That is what we need.

          • Keywee

            Whoever voted this down clearly can’t handle the truth. Must still be stuck in that very same left-right paradigm you were just talking about.

          • Beth

            well said!

          • El Pollo de Oro

            Ayn Rand: when Peter Schiff, Gerald Celente, Ron Paul and Alex Jones were predicting a major economic crisis back in 2006/2007, they were mocked and ridiculed by the Bushbots. Of course, they were absolutely right. Now, we have the Obamabots of MSNBC (also known as the ONN or Obama News Network) telling us that happy days are here again and that the Democraps will lead us to the promised land. But as Celente says, choosing between the Democrap and Republi-Con wings of The War Party is like choosing between the Gambinos and the Bonannos. Or, to use another Celente analogy, it’s like choosing between the Titanic and the Luscitania. Either way, the BRA is a sinking ship.

        • otter1111

          You’re exactly right, Buddy.

    • http://asouthernwriter.com/ Joyce J

      Good point, and that is how the game is played. But don’t think that the GOP isn’t in on this either…

  • greg

    michael, you have amazing articles! i had a curiosity about this one- do you mean to say that even with public school lunches & even breakfasts in some states, still child hunger is exploding?? unreal, michael, wow.. I believe all of your well researched articles, my question is very much rhetorical. unreal. pathetic.

    • Jodi

      They don’t feed our kids enough in their school lunches. My son told me recently that he didn’t want school lunch because they don’t give them enough. Ever since Moochelle stepped in with her health kids program it got worse. Same old crap but less food. That’s it. What I find interesting is that if Moochelle really cared about healthy kids, why does her husband support Monsanto? I believe her healthy teachings is just to coverup Monsantos #1 supporter. Her husband, Barack Hussein Obama.

      • Keywee

        I agree, the Obamas talk the talk but don’t walk the walk. Planting a vege garden at the White House may fool some people into thinking they are down-to-earth but it’s just a token gesture.

        • Rodster

          It’s “symbolism over substance”. What’s even more appalling is seeing pictures of those two posted on Drudge eating ice cream, spare ribs, greasy hamburgers with fries and a beer.

          America you are beyond STUPID. No wonder you are in decline and you deserve what you get.

          • Vitality6

            No, the children don’t. They are the ones who are suffering and paying the price for the corporate, fascist bringing-down of America. After all if you are pushing for a one world government you can’t have a super power that challenges that. Do your research!

          • http://asouthernwriter.com/ Joyce J

            I think a lot of that could be “photo op” type stuff too. I am sure they eat organic just like all of the royals and politicians (and even those that work for MonSatan) do.

          • Keywee

            My thoughts exactly, but Monsanto’s rubbish is forced on the rest of us and we aren’t even allowed to question it’s safety. If I were a gambler I’d be willing to bet the elite also drink unflouridated water and refuse to vaccinate their own children.

      • http://asouthernwriter.com/ Joyce J

        And school lunches aren’t as healthy as they should be either! My niece had an assignment to do for her class. They had to write a letter to MO about healthy eating and my niece wrote about Monsanto and GMO’s! :P

        • Jodi

          Lol…

      • Louise in MO

        And, if the Obamas were REALLY looking out for the children, they wouldn’t spend a billion dollars taking long, costly vacations. Some more money could go to their supposedly healthy school lunches, so the kids would have enough to eat.

        The Obamas are the most self-indulgent people we have had in the White House since I started voting 50 years ago!

      • L K

        I read the kids can ask for as much extra fruit and veggies as they want…so, is it they aren’t truly being fed enough or are the spoiled lil brats just too finicky to eat more fruits and veggies?

  • Jodi

    I wonder why we don’t see more stuff like this on the mainstream news in this country?

    Because they don’t want their ‘Lord and Savior’ look bad. Remember ‘That Guy’ is they guy who saved us from the worst economic crisis since the great depression. The media is completely out of control.

    • markthetruth

      Vacant Detroit becomes dumping ground for the dead

      The Truth Hurts !

      the end

      • Beth

        yes it does. It really does. I grew up in that area in the late 60-70′s.

    • Ralfine

      Why do you need the mainstream anyway, if you can get these news elsewhere? Mainstream media are for “American Idol” and Superbowl, corn flakes commercials, election campaigns of democrats and republicans, and patriotic messages to rename french fries to freedom fries.

      I can imagine they even play the National Anthem every hour.

      • Jodi

        You’re right! No need for the MSM. Mainstream Media where truth & facts don’t matter.

        • DownWithLibs

          Yes, but know what your enemy is up to!

      • piccadillybabe

        Mainstream media is controlled by the corporate fascists. Everything that they advertise is to keep you broke, stupid and sick. There are so many excellent broadcasts on the internet now (mostly by progressives) that teach you how to build your life, eat right for less and empower the individual with a wealth of information that is not for profit or for greed but for health and wellness without drugs and also the truth about our government. PrnFm is an excellent radio station.

    • http://asouthernwriter.com/ Joyce J

      He got a peace prize for crying out loud!!! He’s here to save us!!!! JK! ;)

  • Jagrick

    Send this story to the hypocrite Ben Affleck and his bunch.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shmeggle-Marxist/100001597489122 Shmeggle Marxist

    some of the richest towns in New England are facing an explosion of people receiving welfare $ and needing food pantry donations. it is everywhere

    • jakartaman

      NE is the mecca of liberal progressivism.
      Sometimes you reap what you vote for!

  • markthetruth

    OK: Durable Orders are Way Down But Corp Profits are up ! Children are Starving , But 40million Netflix users could Pay to Watch TV ALL Day , If every

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.kleinkamp Joe Kleinkamp

    In the 50s through the 70s we were using labor intensive WW2 technology in our factories, farms and offices. No robots, no CNC machining, no computerized aided design, manufacturing, accounting etc. Lots and lots of U.S. jobs for the 216 million Americans. The U.S. population has since grown to over 312 million people. Trade agreements along with technology have caused millions of the low skilled jobs of the seventies to disappear from our shores. We now live in a country with over 100 more million people but far fewer jobs. The jobs that remain or are created often pay less than what you’d consider subsistence wages. And our President and Congress never address the real causes of unemployment or underemployment.

    • kenfrombayside

      What does congress want to? Grant amnesty to 20 – 30 million low IQ uneducated peasants who are outbreeding us. This pure madness.The American people don’t want this bill. You have to do all you can do to stem the third world assault:

      - Contact your 2 US Senators and rep in congress.

      - after biz hours, leave a message on your DC rep’s voicemail. All US Senators have multiple offices so it would be a good idea to hit all of the. Remember, be civil and don’t threaten

      - go to NUMBERSUSA then go to the take action button. You will be able to send faxes to your 2 US Senators and congressional for free. (I also gave a $50 donation.

      - use Business Reply envelopes to state your opposition to America’s insane immigration policies and the proposed amnesty. Don’t give the parties any money.

      - join an immigration group like FAIR. Strength thru numbers!

      - go to the RNC & DNC sites to email them.

      - Use the media: call a talk radio program; write a letter to your local paper. If the media outlet is liberal, then talk about economic impact of massive third world immigration.

      IF YOU DO OR SAY NOTHING, YOU ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM.

      • http://www.facebook.com/joe.kleinkamp Joe Kleinkamp

        Agreed. People need to react in large numbers to all the issues they feel strongly about just as loudly as we reacted to the threat of a gun control bill. Congress got that message and voted with the people.

    • Bad_Mr_Frosty

      We’ve imported 100 million illiterate 3rd worlders that immediately go on welfare as soon as they set foot in this country.

      It’s OK though, they all vote Democrat

    • http://asouthernwriter.com/ Joyce J

      Well, they are already talking about replacing people with robots… it’s coming…

  • Keywee

    This is where my righteous anger kicks in, when innocents are suffering the consequences of other’s selfishness. It is heartbreaking to see, considering there is more than enough food to go around in this world, it is only greed and the profit motive that prevents everyone from having food security. Someone needs to educate these kids about who is ultimately responsible for their hunger. Perhaps if enough are aware there is hope for future generations to make positive changes to the system.

    • jakartaman

      The socialist re-distribution and endless spending don’t seem to be working.
      It never has and never will

  • Day2Day

    Another good documentary that just came in 2013 is called American Winter. It chronicles the lives of 5 destitute families, with financial experts, psychologists and wealthy business owners commenting.

    It’s one of the best documentaries I’ve seen on modern American poverty and they use some of the stats that Michael uses.

  • Larry

    All due to central banking debt and freeze trade!

  • piccadillybabe

    Americans are so used to eating out and buying fast food that most of them do not even know how to cook nutritious food inexpensively.

    • Ralfine

      Yes. Sometimes I go to the market in the city centre, and I am amazed how much more I can buy there. A backpack full of veggies for less than 10 pounds. And the butchers sell more than just steaks and mince.

      A handful of chicken feet, a handful of chicken gizzards, a handful of chicken necks, throw in some greens and onions and ginger, a pinch of salt and you get a great soup that lasts for a few days. And doesn’t cost the world.

      Or a salmon head for 50p. Most of the herbs you can grow on the window sill. And they provide lovely scent, too.

      • Bigg Donn

        “A backpack full of veggies…”
        Uh-oh…backpacks in public soon to be outlawed

        • Ralfine

          Yes, together with cooking pots and litter bins.

    • Jodi

      Yeah! I know. This is all too familiar. A certain individual that I know is fat, lazy, desperate & has no clue on how to cook a nutritious meal for her child & herself. That child is all grown up now but doesn’t know how to manage money & cook a healthy meal. Parents are an important influence on their children & the examples she was taught growing up is starting to show.

      • Beth

        I am a firm believer that, unless you live somewhere where all choice is taken out of your hands, you DO have choices in life and your life will quite often reflect those choices. God help this ind. that you know. I think we all know a few. So many people have a lack of self determination.

    • markthetruth

      Who’s watching all the cooking shows then.

      the end…

      • DownWithLibs

        My main (PBS) Saturday morning fare!

    • Beth

      When my adult children were little we were broke and I learned so much how to cook creatively from ingredients by scratch. Learned how to stretch a turkey ham into various meals for the week:) learned the value of bulk-cooking and freezing, and for entertainment—thats the best part. Hiking, nature trails, socializing with friends–just being together, being creative! For the love of God—we didn’t have all of the technological accoutrements—we had each other and a wild sense of imagination!

    • Mustard Seed

      A friend of mine works at a local food pantry that distributes donated food to those in need. High end stores donate to the pantry every week. Most of the recipients only take the junk, and they leave the fresh veges and other healthy items. Most of them say they don’t like it or don’t know how to cook it. A volunteer started coming in to show the people how to cook with the healthy foods available that week. Still, no change in attitude. These people are passing up some very expensive foods I couldn’t begin to afford on my budget. (We eat soup at least once a week…there is always a pot in the fridge.) What a missed opportunity. If it was all McD’s junk, I think the shelves would be cleared every week.

      • TX4Life

        Yes, absolutely. I’ve tried donating my extra garden produce to the local food pantry and was told it will just go to waste before anyone will take it. Then, on the other hand, you hear welfare and food stamp recipients say that healthy food is too expensive! I tend to believe they really are just too lazy to take it and cook it. So much easier to pop a package in the microwave. If they could get someone to chew for them, they’d probably do that also.

        • DownWithLibs

          My most affordable shopping trips were when I focused less on pre-pack. and more on the fresh-wholesome. Yet still hear that “good” food is out of reach for these people and junk is all that they can afford.

          Go figure.

        • TimeHasCome

          Last year I took bushels of fresh peppers to my local food bank . When I went to deliver more they said no thank you . They could not give away the peppers they had.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ron-Wouters/100002522811441 Ron Wouters

          Your right our food bank has many that don’t even know how to make veggie dishes. They pass on the good food.

    • Laurus

      I agree! I eat natural, whole foods. My cholesterol has dropped, I feel so much better, and it is easier on my budget. No expensive meat, soda pop, etc. I look at the shopping carts of the average American stuffed w/items in boxes and packages. I can buy beans, lentils, etc. for pennies and make good, healthy food that tastes good!!

  • Syrin

    Can I assume that everyone here understands that this is by INTENT ?!?! They will use starving children as their justification for taking over more things and taking away more liberties. It’s why the liberals loved Sandy Hook. Children make for great props of tyranny. Seen all the pictures of Stalin with kids? This is a trick that has been around for centuries.

    • Tex May

      so we should let children starve to prove a point. Syrin you are a sick puppy!

  • Tex May

    Michael- you state with apparent indignation that “Since Barack Obama has been President, the number of Americans on food stamps has grown from 32 million to more than 47 million”.

    Tell me if you really think that things would be better if Mittens had been elected President.

  • Taxi Da Nang

    Hope that there will be many organizations as well as the government helping the poor children

  • Ralfine

    “who used to work in a factory. After losing her job, she was entitled
    to unemployment benefit and food stamps – this comes to $1,480 (£974) a
    month.
    But they were no longer able to afford to live in their house, which along with bills cost $1,326 (£873) a month”

    Sorry guys, this is what I do not understand.

    As a factory worker I would NEVER rent a house for £873 a month.

    When I earned £3000 a month, I rented a house for £350 per month, with council tax, water, gas and electricit

    • Beth

      Out of curiosity, where do you live?

      • Ralfine

        England.

    • Bad Kitty Cat

      Here in Canada (large city) those are typical rents for a house… actually, a good deal.

      • Ralfine

        In Hong Kong you barely get an appartment for that, here in England it is also easy to find houses for more than £800 per month. In London you find studio flats for £500 per week.

        The main reason, why I dont work in London.

  • Khan

    The so-called mainstream media dresses, undresses and remains undressed to the core at the will of the political mercenaries. I do not blame them but the people who believe in every word they say. Talk about God and religion and faith and principles, eh? Don’t we always have something to blame instead of waking up from our deepest of slumber to realize that we are already doomed, not that we are at the brink of it??? Let’s face it; we are knee-deep in the Bohemain cache of our impeccable stupidity and are drowning every living minute of it. We are not even going to have a straw to catch on to. Believe it or not (better to believe it while we still have some hope to get out of it), we are in it to our last hair. I won’t sugar-coat any of this. Please use your own brain!!!! The governments are not going to suffer. It is the layman that always has, is and will be suffering to death.

  • energizedmortal

    and these are the good days! imagine when half the country is rubble and foreign soldiers are marching around.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    I travel up and down the state of California to visit relatives and what I’ve noticed is a more and more people either running out of gas or begging at rest and truck stops along the way.
    We saw an elderly couple sitting in their car at a truck stop last summer — it was brutally hot that day, well over 100 degrees. We went over and asked them if they were OK and if they needed anything. They told us they’d run out of gas and had no money to get home. They were distressed and upset, and, who would just sit in a hot car? We pushed their car over to the gas pump and filled it for them. They were VERY grateful.
    There is also a neatly dressed, elderly man who stands near my grocery store with a sign that says he’s out of work and has no money. I guess you do what you have to do. It’s absolutely heartbreaking to see this– I try to give him $5/10$ whenever I can. He always tells me he’s “ok for the moment” and he’s obviously not a drunk or druggie.
    There’s more and more of this lately and I have a feeling it’s going to get a whole lot worse in California, well, everywhere.

    Bon

    • Beth

      you are beautiful, sensitive, and compassionate. Please don’t ever let the chaos of the world rob you of these qualities!

      • Bon, From the Land of Babble

        Thanks for the kind words. Helping those in need is the right thing to do and DH feels the same way. We don’t have a lot but my parents grew up VERY VERY poor and my grandparents were even worse off — both were orphaned at a young age and had rough lives — but they always helped those in need.

        Bon

    • Beth

      P.S.> your icon pic reminds me of Aislyn from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe—C.S. Lewis

    • http://asouthernwriter.com/ Joyce J

      Try coming to Florida!!! Same thing… And the farther South you go, it gets worst!

    • jo6pac

      Done the same for others and I have very little myself. I do have roof over my head and a large garden but yes this going to get worse and the elite don’t care.

      • Bon, From the Land of Babble

        My grandmother, who grew up as an orphan with no one and HAD NOTHING fed tramps and hobos during the depression. She had a tin plate she kept by the door – the house was marked because the tramps (as she called them) always headed straight for her back door, but she could never find the markings. She fed them all even though she had 7 children of her own.

        My grandparents were dirt poor itinerant farmers in California’s dusty central valley. When the house they were living in burned down, they lived in a tent with the children until my grandfather could rebuild, mostly by himself with what he could scrounge up. My dad grew up dirt poor too –my grandfather was unemployed, ran off and lived under a bridge in Indiana so there was rarely enough food, so little my grandmother had a lock on the refrigerator. My dad was the most generous person I knew to those in need because he knew how it felt to have nothing. I grew up hearing stories of hardship about the depression and I think things are going in that direction now.

        I don’t have a lot either, I am a school teacher who hasn’t had a raise in 10 years but at least I am employed and am grateful for that.

        I just hope we all get through this!!

        All the best to you.

        Bon

  • jakartaman

    What is amazing to me is that most of the people think it can never happen here. It must be nice to be oblivious and to follow the masses.
    I am an old fart – retired doing OK for now. Most people are living pay check to pay check and are very susceptible to the coming world depression, including my children/grand children – I am scared for them.
    I see a convergence of bad things that will crush us
    - Euro collapses – world bank runs
    - Middle east war Israel/iran – oil prices^
    - Dollar hyper-inflation/collapse
    - Martial law- FEMA camps – civil disobedience

  • jos boersema

    The following words can be cut from the article:

    horrific

    just
    At this point
    full-blown
    As I have written about previously,
    And as you will read about below, child hunger is absolutely exploding in Greece right now.

    etc. A ‘nightmare’ is already ‘horrific.’ ‘At this point’ is already obvious. ‘Full-blown’ adds no information. Nobody cares what you wrote before, those that know already know. The use of one-sentence paragraphs is bad style. The last sentence is repetitive. You make every effort to hype up your content like this, isn’t hunger in Greece bad enough to be worried about without resorting to bad style ? Is the art of writing another issue in the degrading American culture ?

  • XSANDIEGOCA

    When the Welfare State is cut to pay our debts to China, there will be trouble.

  • Washington76

    Here is the sign, Durable goods orders fell a sharp 5.7% in March, the Commerce Department reported on Wednesday. The collapse was the sharpest decline since August 2012. Economists had expected a more modest pull back, with a consensus estimate of a 3% decline in the important measure.

    Durable goods are those expected to last more than three years, including aircraft, automobiles, heavy equipment, etc. The steep decline indicates a sharp reversal in business investment. It also suggests that the economy slowed down considerably as the 1st Quarter ended.

    The Commerce Department also revised down February’s durable goods orders increase. Commerce originally reported that durable goods orders increased 5.6% in the month. That increase was revised down to a 4.3% gain.

  • Dave Webb

    Even in the worst depression there are ways to survive. Socialism is causing this poverty. It is causing it by chasing far too few goods with counterfeit money.
    Bill Clinton signed the trade agreements.
    Bush is no better.

    Obama is worst.
    People at home without jobs, still spending like a drunken sailor on Foreign Aid?
    IRS rules keeping small businesses from making a profit and surviving?
    Companies leaving because of rules that threaten their survival?
    Maybe it is time to change the rules.
    Things like zoning against vegetable gardens. Or having chickens in the back yard.
    Or rules that make it hard to start a business.
    Personally I think we need to get rid of the lot of them and start over the next election cycle.

  • crac cokane

    What are people going to do about it, other than complain?

  • http://asouthernwriter.com/ Joyce J

    Amen!

  • Me

    Hate to tell ya!!! But the truth is in America most people live off the system and don’t want to better themselves, I watch at wal mart what people buy there children is pure junk they spend hundreds of dollars of their EBT card or food stamps for nothing but junk. They fix there kids hot dogs while they eat steak,shrimp and crab I see it all to often and don’t give a dam if there kids hair is clean or they have had a bath over in other countries they don’t get the good deals you have here. And they teach there children no manners or morales because there parents don’t have any themselves, this country has become the pits for children there so called parents don’t give a dam, people in this country have become so selfish and rotten to the core.

    • allen

      Thats the new america no morals its the culture of death. Everyone is so selfish so even if government and wall street corruption stops and economy gets better the most important thing morals will still be broken!

  • Colin

    I feel for children who are hungry; however, I feel that when I read comments by right winger bloggers that I am reading the thoughts of the mentally ill. I don’t feel it’s healthy to have this much hatred and fear of the “outsider”. The “outsider” could be an immigrant, or an American citizen who chose to believe differently than you. It’s really doesn’t matter much to many of you as you seem to group us into one category.

  • Dave in OK

    Maybe we need to all throw a dollar into a hat and pay a reporter to go to Greece and tell us how conditions are in that country for the average people. . Why? Because in a couple-three years that will be how we are going to be living.

  • Rogoraeck

    Love the smell of “DEMOCRACY”
    It’s in the US as well. Well the begining of it!

  • Guest

    fdsfdsfddfs

  • http://twitter.com/shnoogans Joey D’Fixer

    Uhhg, Michael, i wish you would use the Facebook comment gadget, disqus is awful and seems to be blocking mass loads of words, not just curse words, and it seems all too obvious they are doing this to block political terms or politician names. One sentence of totally innocous statements wont even go through, i give up, sheesh.

    Anyway, fantastic article though, nonetheless.

  • Guest

    Dont panic people, Kerry is going to help us all soon. That is, when he gets done sending more millions (nearly 1bn total now) to Syria.

  • DownWithLibs

    Spot on!!!!!!!

  • peace angel

    The world is a billion ppl overpopulated and corn is running at a 30 year low and the bread basket in America has been dry for two decades and ppl under 30 cannot find jobs any place in the world and that is causing worldwide uprisings and gang organizing and this will only get worse worldwide as long as people still have to make their own babies and not adopt and foster the hungry kids all over the world. Greed has caused this and greed is destroying the world.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jakob.stagg Jakob Stagg

    I see two large problems. One is the disconnect between government policy makers and the people. The government seems trapped in their agenda which seems to have little to do with human needs.

    Parents fail also. They don’t seem to have any investment in their children, or at least not enough. Most needed skills can be provided by parents. Parents, also, seem to perpetuate what their parents provided as skills.

    Both problems need intervention. Government needs to start paying attention to citizens. Parents need to become parents rather than just the producer of more babies.

    Aside: I find it amazing to go to a grocery store and have the checkout clerk ask me what a produce items is. Huh? We are too far from our food.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ron-Wouters/100002522811441 Ron Wouters

    To bad that 55 million they need to fix up GITMO couldn’t be used to feed people.
    I think buying bulk oatmeal and beans and rice is a good idea. Many poor people I see buy boxed ready made food. Wich tastes horrible and costs more.

  • Corderro

    Children are always the casualties who never get heard. I think articles like these are very important because it shows up the lie that this nation is truly wealthy and shows that GDP is a very dishonest way of measuring economic success.
    It’s enraging how the President can act like he loves children in the aftermath of tragic events like school shootings, yet not contribut one iota of empathy for America’s children in need. Pity.
    I’m gonna do my best to help those around me, friend, enemy, or stranger. Ya’ll should do the same

  • Dubstep Reggae

    We all know this is so true, but we’re powerless, we can’t fight against them… We’re so poor and losing hope everyday…

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