A little bit of Iraq in the USA

Jurriaan Bendien bendien at tomaatnet.nl
Sun Nov 2 11:35:25 MST 2003

The NYT reports today that while the nation struggles with obesity, more and
more American families are hungry or unsure whether they can afford to buy
food." According to results extrapolated from a sample survey of 50,000
households, about 12 million American families in 2002 worried that they did
not have enough money for food, and 32 percent of them experienced someone's
going hungry at one time or another. Nearly 3.8 million families were hungry
last year to the point that someone in the household skipped meals because
the family could not afford them. That is 8.6 percent more families than in
2001, when 3.5 million were hungry, and a 13 percent increase from 2000. The
survey also found more families who were unsure if they could buy food or
did not have enough food in their cupboards. Last year, 11 percent of 108
million families were in that situation. That is up 5 percent from 2001 and
8 percent from 2000. Most poor families struggling with hunger tried to
ensure that their children were fed. But one or more children in an
estimated 265,000 families occasionally missed meals last year because the
families either could not afford to eat, or did not have enough food at
home. The report estimated there were 567,000 hungry children in the USA.

Clearly these people wouldn't be responsible for the 7 percent plus rise in
real US GDP in the last quarter.

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2003/11/02/national/02HUNG.html

And there won't be snow in Africa this Christmas time.
The greatest gift they'll get this year is life
Where nothing ever grows
No rain or rivers flow
Do they know it's Christmas time at all?
Feed the world
Do they know it's Christmas time at all?

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