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USDA redefines hunger

Some Americans Lack Food, but USDA Won’t Call Them Hungry. By Elizabeth Williamson, Washington Post, Thursday, November 16, 2006; Page A01

The USDA has eliminated the term “hunger” from the categories it uses to describe impoverished households. The U.S. government has vowed that Americans will never be hungry again. But they may experience “very low food security.” This is absolutely horrendous that in the world’s richest country (to say nothing of the 820 million hungry people in the rest of the world!), 12 percent of Americans — 35 million people!! — could not put food on the table at least part of last year.

This is a good time to review Jessamyn’s post from a few months back entitled, “reduce, reuse, and recycle… food.” If the numbers above sicken you, please consider donating food and/or time to your local Food Not Bombs and/or donate food at your local food bank.

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