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Hungry For The Holidays: 20 Facts About Hunger In America That Will Blow Your Mind

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All over America there are millions of people that will be missing meals and going hungry this holiday season.  Even as much of the country indulges in the yearly ritual of unbridled consumerism that we refer to as “the holiday season”, more families in the United States than ever before will be dealing with not having enough food to eat.  Food stamp use is at an all-time high.  Demand at food banks is at an all-time high.  They keep telling us that we are in an “economic recovery” and yet the middle class continues to shrink and the number of Americans living in poverty just continues to grow.  We are witnessing unprecedented hunger in America, and this especially seems tragic during the holidays.  Much of the country is partying as if the good times will never stop, but families that are living from one meal to the next are facing a completely different reality.  How do you tell your children that there isn’t going to be any food to eat for dinner?  How do you explain to them that other families have plenty to eat but you don’t?  Sadly, many food banks are overstretched at this point.  All over the nation, food pantries have actually had to turn people away because of the overwhelming demand.  And more Americans used food stamps to buy their Thanksgiving dinners this year than ever before.  This is a problem that is not going away any time soon, and when the next major economic downturn strikes the problem of hunger in America is going to get even worse.

For many Americans, hunger has become a way of life.  Families that don’t have enough money are often faced with some absolutely heartbreaking choices.  Just check out what one Maine official that works with the Emergency Food Assistance Program recently had to say

“One in six people in Maine don’t know where their next meal is coming from, or skip a meal so their kids can eat, or have to choose between paying for prescriptions and food, or fuel for your car and food,” Hall said. “What’s amazing is that food is always the first thing to go from your budget. It’s staggering, the choices people have to make.”

Food banks all over the country try their best to do what they can, especially during the holidays, but it is often not enough.  In fact, some food banks ran out of turkeys well in advance of Thanksgiving this year

Three days in advance of Thanksgiving, the Pear Street Cupboard and Café in Framingham, Massachusetts, is out of turkeys. According to organizers, “requests for help are up 400 percent over last year.”

But it isn’t just during the holidays that food banks are having problems keeping up with demand.  The truth is that many food banks find themselves out of food and having to turn away hungry families all throughout the year.  The following is from a recent Reuters article

Overall, food pantries and soup kitchens reported a 5 percent spike in demand in 2012, according to the survey. More than half of providers said they were forced to turn away clients, reduce portion sizes, or limit their hours.

In Staten Island, all of the agencies that respond to hunger reported not having enough food to meet demand, while in the Bronx that was true for 80 percent of agencies. In Queens and Brooklyn, more than 60 percent of agencies did not have enough food to meet the needs of the populations they serve.

If you are able, please support your local food bank.  The needs are great and they are only going to get greater.

The following are 20 facts about hunger in America that will blow your mind…

#1 According to one calculation, the number of Americans on food stamps now exceeds the combined populations of “Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.”

#2 In October 2008, 30.8 million Americans were on food stamps.  By August 2012 that number had risen to 47.1 million Americans.

#3 Right now, one out of every seven Americans is on food stamps and one out of every four American children is on food stamps.

#4 It is projected that half of all American children will be on food stamps at least once before they turn 18 years of age.

#5 According to new numbers that were just released by the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of Americans living in poverty increased to a new all-time record high of 49.7 million last year.

#6 The number of Americans living in poverty has increased by about 6 million over the past four years.

#7 Today, about one out of every four workers in the United States brings home wages that are at or below the federal poverty level.

#8 According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the poverty rate for children living in the United States is about 22 percent.

#9 Overall, approximately 57 percent of all children in the United States are living in homes that are either considered to be either “low income” or impoverished.

#10 In the United States today, close to 100 million Americans are considered to be either “poor” or “near poor”.

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

#12 Households that are led by a single mother have a 31.6 percent poverty rate.

#13 In 2010, 42 percent of all single mothers in the United States were on food stamps.

#14 According to the National Center for Children in Poverty, 36.4 percent of all children in Philadelphia are living in poverty, 40.1 percent of all children in Atlanta are living in poverty, 52.6 percent of all children in Cleveland are living in poverty and 53.6 percent of all children in Detroit are living in poverty.

#15 Since 2007, the number of children living in poverty in the state of California has increased by 30 percent.

#16 Family homelessness in the Washington D.C. region (one of the wealthiest regions in the entire country) has risen 23 percent since the last recession began.

#17 There are 314 counties in the United States where at least 30 percent of the children are facing food insecurity.

#18 More than 20 million U.S. children rely on school meal programs to keep from going hungry.

#19 Right now, more than 100 million Americans are enrolled in at least one welfare program run by the federal government.  And that does not even count Social Security or Medicare.

#20 According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, approximately 40 percent of all food in America “is routinely thrown away by consumers at home, discarded or unserved at restaurants or left unharvested on farms.”

  • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

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    It looks very cool. I encourage everyone to go check it out.


  • Michael, the litany of in poverty, or child hunger is tragic but not unexpected. Its all tied to the fact that most Americans are only 2 pay periods away from destitution. That fact runs up and down the social strata. People are just not prepped for any bump in the road.

    If that is the overwhelming fact then who is to fault? Look thee in the mirror.

  • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

    Thank you for the encouragement. November was a very trying month for me. Hopefully December will be calmer.


  • DownWithLibs

    For those who voted for the government handouts, this is really going to hurt as municipalities go broke.

  • DownWithLibs

    Isn’t there an ancient Chinese curse that says “May you live in interesting times.” These are indeed interesting and scary times.

  • Hosea 5:6 “My people perish for lack of knowledge”

    It all comes down to that. Everyone knows that ‘ignorance is bliss’ is a crock.

  • mainstreeteconomist

    Excellent list! Here are a few more ways to save on groceries:

    11) Use coupons.

    12) Stockpile sale items.

    13) Buy some food at drugstores.

    14) Form a wholesale buying club.

  • Mark

    We would not have as much hunger if people would cook basics like rice, beans, wheat etc. Many spend the little that they have of expensive prepared foods and in turn they run short on the month. There are more food programs in this country to feed people. When these programs are gone the trouble will start in the streets.

    • Tim

      I agree, Mark. There are undoubtedly many Americans who shouldn’t be getting assistance from food banks because they’re spending their money on things they don’t need and living beyond their means. It really irks me because there are truly needy families out there who are going hungry because others are draining the food banks. I think the same can be said for many Americans receiving SNAP benefits.

  • 2Gary2

    and the conservatives want to cut WIC, Food Stamps in order to give more tax cuts to the rich. What immoral scum.

  • 2Gary2

    antibiotics were also not available 40 years ago. Neither were some of the vaccination for diseases etc. It is simply irresponsible to advocate not taking meds when and if they are needed.

    • MeMadMax

      Antibiotics weaken the immune system over time because it doesn’t know how to fight germs/virus’s… This is why flu’s are getting harder to fight and the symptoms are getting worse over time because it is mutating resistance to antibiotics…

    • D Dawg

      What progress has been made in vaccines over the past 40 years? I suggest you educate yourself on why so many people have unjammed their collective head from their hindquarters with regard to medicine. Especially vaccines. Many contain mercury as well as other harmful ingredients. Furthermore, the ‘flu vaccine’ has an efficacy rate of LESS than 1 percent. That said, please explain why we should get vaccinated.

      • 2Gary2

        As usual the conservatives completely missed the larger point. It is that there has been a lot of progress in health/prevention of disease due to things like Polio vaccine , many newer antibiotics etc.

        Your choosing to not get vaccinated or have your kids vaccinated directly effects others–herd immunity. This is why past diseases like whooping cough are coming back.

        You conservatives need to stop thinking so one dimensional.

        • Stephanie S

          Hilarious. Thanks. The point is, conservatives think. You mouth slogans you got from the lamestream media.

          • 2Gary2

            to say the word “conservative” and the word “think” in the same sentence is an oxymoron.

      • No it wasn’t. 70 years ago was during WWII. Antibiotics were still in the experimental stage and was actually a secret weapon that only the Allies had. It wasn’t until well after WWII that antibiotics became widely used in the U.S.. Prior to that time they were kept for military use only.

  • MeMadMax

    The war on poverty is a lose/lose battle…

  • Julian Cribb has a book called “The Coming Famine” and it might be one of the next books that I’d like to take a look into and probably even buy… Hunger/famine is a serious issue. Not just because of the prices, but because of food scarcity etc…

  • D Dawg

    Pray tell, if we shouldn’t shop for food at Wal-Mart, then where should we buy food? There are NO farmers markets that sell meat. I’ve seen milk at a farmer’s market. It was priced at $9.00 per gallon. Hardly helps my budget. What about flour? Have you seen wheat for sale at a farmer’s market? Or what about toilet paper? where should I get that? Nice try. If you’re handing out suggestions, that’s terrific. However, they should be realistic.

  • Jodi

    I already have donated. I try to do what I can!

  • HungryLady

    I don’t know about you but whenever I go to a food bank, most of what I get is dangerously out of date and/or visibly rotting. You can tell it’s just stuff that the grocery stores were throwing away, and stuff people donated — the things they decided they didn’t actually want for themselves, usually in dented cans. So it’s just people’s garbage, not anything given in the spirit of charity. None of the stuff goes together to make a meal. You can use it to supplement things you already have to try to make a meal, but if you’re already completely out of food you’re not going to be able to make dinner with what you get at the food bank, in my experience.

    • 2Gary2

      Hey Pollo–I still gotta think that many of the “body guards” the rich hire to protect themselves from the DPDDTT are really collectors for this tax. The rich must not really be able to trust anyone. Kind of makes one wonder why the wealth is not shared more equally. I would rather have less riches (while still being rich) and live in a safer environment.

      I think that the rich here in the BRA (USA) will need to buy peace one way or another. The easy way–share the wealth and support policies that even out the wealth more, or pay the DPDDTT.

      I would think that taxing capital gains as the income they really are, removing the cap on wages subject to social security tax, and closing the carried interest loophole for hedge funds would be a good start. Also reinstate the estate tax. also add additional tax brackets on the high end. The rich will STILL be rich, just less so. I would think that is a fair trade for peace and to avoid the DPDDTT. The rich WILL be taxed one way or another as I see it.

      • arizonadiane

        2GARY – you need to take a rest, or go away. Do you realize that the tax receipts Obama will get from taxing “the rich” will only cover about 8 days of government spending. What do you have planned for after that 2gary.

        • 2Gary2

          your facts are WAY off, however, even if they were true 8 days is 8 days. I do not think you understand how wealthy the rich are.

          • arizonadiane

            The president says raising tax rates would help solve our long-term debt problem, but it’s hard to take this argument seriously, for two reasons.

            First: According to the president’s own Treasury Department, the tax increases he is advocating would generate $85 billion in new revenue next year. By comparison, the monthly budget deficit in October was about $120 billion, and the total deficit for fiscal year 2012 was roughly $1.1 trillion.

            In other words, the proposed tax hikes would still leave us with a trillion-dollar deficit. Meanwhile, they would do significant damage to our fragile economic recovery.

            Do the math.

      • El Pollo de Oro

        2Gary2 in Wisconsin: One thing I’ve learned in the business world over is the years is that the super-super rich, in some cases, can also be super-super cheap. For example, someone who makes seven figures but freaks out at the thought of leaving a waitress a decent tip. In many Latin American banana republics, you find some ultra-rich people who fit that description—and one of the things they might “cut corners” on is bodyguards. Problem: when you’re a millionaire or billionaire who is surrounded by DPDDTT collectors and you don’t pay your bodyguard really well, that bodyguard can easily be bribed by DPDDTT collectors. One word that the rich in Colombia or Peru often learn is “guardaespalda de confianza,” which is Spanish for “bodyguard of confidence.” In other words, a bodyguard who is really loyal. And how loyal is a bodyguard going to be if the bodyguard isn’t paid all that well and the DPDDTT collectors offer generous bribes? The contrast between haves and have-nots is really startling in those places. The north side of Bogotá is full of ritzy boutiques, high-end hair salons, upscale malls, luxury condos and CEOs in Armani suits, while South Bogotá has slums and shantytowns where some people don’t have even have running water. And some folks in South Bogotá gain access to decent living conditions by either selling drugs or collecting the DPDDTT.

        Wall Street oligarchs and banksters who got bailed out by the taxpayers yet whine about food stamps for the poor are going to have a very rude awakening when the DPDDTT arrives in the BRA and they can’t even go to the store in the middle of the afternoon without a bodyguard unless they want to risk being kidnapped at gunpoint.

      • El Pollo de Oro

        Here’s a “Latin American” film that sheds some lights on the Desperate People Doing Desperate Things Tax:

        The movie is called “Secuestro Express” (“secuestro” means “kidnapping” in Spanish and Italian), and it’s about a yuppie couple who get kidnapped by thugs when they go slumming in a bad part of Caracas. It isn’t a great movie (basically, Hollywood exploitation filmed in Caracas), but it does show what the DPDDTT is like and depicts the type of horror that the BRA can look forward to in the future. Hugo Chavez hated this movie.

      • JustanOguy

        There’s better solutions then using the Govt. to support theft.

        You start off talking about the rich (and it’s not just the rich) not trusting anybody and then you finish with ideas that are theft related.

        Why don’t you take the time to look up government salaries nowadays? You think it’s just coincidence that avg. personal incomes in the Washington D.C. area have doubled since 1998 while the rest of the country’s incomes (in non-government jobs) are flat while the country goes BK?

        You really think the 3,500 employees in the DOE making over $100K a year is fair?

    • JustanOguy

      It’s better then nothing. Just ask anybody digging in the dumpsters for their next meal.

  • arizonadiane

    I remember seeing pictures of the depression in the 30’s and all the people in soup lines. Today, we call it a recession and people are standing in food bank lines. What is the difference between this recession and a depression? Not a thing.

  • Forward!!!

  • FoodStamp Barry

    Is there a place I can donate to help conservatives only? I refuse to donate to people who voted for Obama. Does anyone know?

    • 2Gary2

      typical immoral conservative. Nothing new here. It is the conservative policies that have caused the need for food pantries to be so high. All the tax cuts for the rich the conservatives are fighting for is the problem. Obama to tax the rich and spread the wealth. Go Obama. Conservatives LOST the election. Look at these doltish conservatives going to the mat to preserve tax cuts for the rich. I love this as it shows how out of touch conservatism is. And no the rich ARE NOT small business.

      • JustanOguy

        Lots of laughing. Joke is on you about that redistribution of wealth thing if you really think that you’ll see a $$ of it. Your welfare and food stamp checks are going to remain the same as Obama & Jarret Inc. give the money they steal to their millionaire buddies that support their propaganda.

        Just google Vallerie Jarret slumlord and see where taxpayer dollars go that are supposed to be allocated to the poor.

        Do yourself a favor and read Animal Farm. The parallels of what is going on today are similar.

  • LeibowitzSociety

    Hunger in America is yet another symptom of the fact that we are living on the receding wave of wealth in this country. People are going to either be left behind to fend for themselves once the social safety net is overwhelmed, or are going to be staying just one step ahead of being caught up in it. We are already living in the age of collapse, but not enough time has passed to understand this new reality, so we think this is the “new normal.” Visit the Leibowitz Society at for more commentary on this subject.

  • 2Gary2

    you can go ahead and eat lemons to cure yourself. I for one will take the antibiotics as opposed to dying of easily curable diseases. I would bet you would take the antibiotics if you had a dread disease that they could cure and quickly toss out the lemon crap.

  • 2Gary2

    an I tunes song is the best you can do??

    Yep keep listening to Rush and loosing elections.

    • Aeffesstoo

      “loosing elections”

      Ha Ha Ha

      Keep listening to NPR and learn how to spell.

      • 2Gary2

        we did win and defeated the bishop mittens. Obama taxing the rich is very popular with the American people, more so with liberals but it is even popular with repubes.

  • 2Gary2

    same at Burger King where I had the misfortune to be a manager years ago. The amount of waste is staggering. Look at all the food waste in schools and grocery stores. My son works at the local big box grocery store and they have to lock the dumpster to keep people from taking the food waste. Sad.

  • Food Banks should focus on foods that provide maximum nutritional value such as beans, rice, peanut butter, fruits and vegetables. These items can be bought in bulk at much cheaper prices than items such as mac & cheese, pasta, bread, Etc. all high in carbohydrates, but low in nutritional value while at the same time higher priced.

  • Lucille rothstein

    My friend installs cable TV in most of these homes? If they spent their money on food, and not internet and TV, they perhaps could eat something? Don’t you think? Some of these same people think nothing of spending 250.00 a month for these entertainment services. This is more prevalent in the neighborhoods that are of lower income. If you don’t believe, just take a ride to your lower income neighborhood and see all the cable and satelite trucks servicing that part of town. Look up at all those wires hanging on the poles, that’s money out of their wallets and straight into the medias pocket. I take this article with a boulder of salt. I’m sure some people are really needy, but their is help for them. No one here really knows hunger.

  • DownWithLibs

    Who else wants to vote Gary2 off the island?

    • 2Gary2

      truth hurts doesn’t it

  • DownWithLibs

    Oh, I know Mondo. Go into a forum like Yahoo where most are Liberal. Mention Jesus name and they tell you to “go ‘F’ yourself.” How much do you want to bet that those same foul-mouthed willfully-ignorant people will be the first to say “Why didn’t you do your job and tell us the Truth?”. I predict that Judgment day will be pretty dang ugly.

  • Washington76
  • 2Gary2

    How do you tell your children that there isn’t going to be any food to
    eat for dinner? How do you explain to them that other families have
    plenty to eat but you don’t?

    This is an easy one. I tell them how much conservatives suck and only care about the rich.

    • JustanOguy

      The Dems were running the House (Nancy Pelosi) and Senate (Harry Reid) when the banksters were all bailed out.

      AKA — “Funneling wealth to the top”.

  • 2Gary2

    all we need to do to fix this mess is to “Tax the wealthy to keep us all healthy”. I made it rhyme so conservatives can remember it easier.

    • JustanOguy

      You are an idiot thinking you’ll ever see a $ of that. Unless of course… you work for the Government or have government connections?

      The Federal Budget in 2000 was about $2 Trillion. 2013 Budget is going to be $3.8 Trillion.

      Don’t know about you but I think the country was far better off in 2000 then it is today.

  • This country has not seen anything wait till the grocery store system fails you will see all heck break loose in America.

  • Beans and rice is the best things to stock up.

    • JustanOguy

      Agreed. I always have 100 lbs. of rice and red beans on hand at a minimum along with several other items. But Rice and Beans can go a long, long way in an emergency and is very, very cheap that provides pretty much all of the essentials needed to get by for awhile if needed.

  • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

    Discouraged One:

    Anyone that registers with Disqus will be able to have their comments be posted immediately unless their comment trips a filter (such as if profanity is in the post) in which case it will go to moderation.

    But if you post comments as a guest, your comments will automatically go to the moderation que, and they will be posted when I get to them later.


  • El Pollo de Oro

    DiscouragedOne: 2nd Amendment rights definitely need to be upheld and protected. When the DPDDTT comes a knockin’ in the BRA and you can’t count on the cops to protect you, those 2nd Amendment rights will definitely come in handy. Gun control is a form of suicide, as far as I’m concerned.

  • This is a sad commentary about our country, I will be sure to support our local food bank this year. It seems like the press should spend more time bringing these horrible statistics to light instead of the stupid news that is published daily.

  • JustanOguy

    You’ve never seen anybody in the U.S. digging in the dumpsters for food? Saw it the first night we moved back to the U.S. from Germany in Washington D.C. years back when the phony economy was supposedly doing great during the credit bubble days.

  • JustanOguy

    Yeah… it’s amazing how technology has helped keep 7 Billion people on the planet and the population keeps growing.

  • JustanOguy

    Odd.. I remember growing up and hearing about famines in parts of the world where tens of thousands of people would die from hunger on the streets. When was the last time that happened even after the world population has skyrocketed?

    Food Stamps / SNAP Program — Review everything eligible and these people have it good. Steaks, Seafood, All Dairy Products (yes… that includes Ice Cream), Cookies, Carbonated drinks (yes, that includes Coke and Pepsi), etc, etc…

    Heck… I remember a year in college without a job and basically eating nothing but Ramen, Rice & Beans, Spaghetti and P&B sandwiches and made it. (Went to a well known University and made it through without a student loan.)

    Today we are complaining about what exactly?

    When the stadiums and movie theaters are empty, then I’ll start to worry. Until then…. we’ve just become a nation of complainers with more and more “Takers” then producers. I know people with incomes far below the so called “poverty” levels and take ZERO handouts that make ends meet.

    Difference is…. they don’t have cell phones, big screen TV’s, cable and expect steaks on the table.

  • El Pollo de Oro

    Sequoia: If Secuestro, Inc. (professional kidnapper rings) has crossed la frontera and found its way to Southern California, it’s only a matter of time until Secuestro, Inc. becomes active here in Philadelphia 3000 miles away. Just this weekend, a friend of mine said he thinks we’re starting to see Secuestro, Inc. in this part of the BRA (there was a local incident where a man from India confessed to trying to kidnap a baby for ransom and killing the baby’s grandmother when she got in the way). And I responded that the dude from India appeared to be a lone wolf, but that when when full-force Secuestro, Inc. comes to the Delaware Valley, you’ll see gangs of well-organized thugs who do nothing but kidnap people for a living (or perhaps kidnapping is their primary source of income, but they also make dinero from carjackings, muggings and violent home invasions). Some folks will read my comments about Secuestro, Inc. and the DPDDTT and say, “Yeah, but cities like Detroit and Baltimore have always had a lot of violent crime. Ever been to Camden, NJ?” True. But the thing about the DPDDTT in Third World countries is that you have widespread poverty and widespread desperation combined with well-organized criminals and thugs who have paid off cops, politicians and even people in the military (Los Zeta was founded by ex-members of the Mexican army). And that’s the type of thing the BRA can look forward to as it continues to kill off its middle class and moves deeper and deeper into Third World squalor.

  • JustanOguy

    The other day I took a look at the items that are acceptable to buy under the Food Stamp program….

    I was at the Grocery store today and noticed how many of these popular allowable items (Chips, Cola drinks, Ice Cream and other popular junk foods) have skyrocketed in price the past couple of years compared to the items NOT allowable to buy or nutritious subsistence foods.


  • I think that everything would be good. God bless America!

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