More than 49 million Americans — one in seven — struggled to get enough to eat in 2008, the highest total in 14 years of a federal survey on “food insecurity,” the U.S. government said Monday. While Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said programs such as food stamps softened the impact of an economic recession, anti-hunger groups pointed to the huge increase from the preceding year when 36.2 million people had trouble getting enough food and a third of them occasionally went hungry.
About 14.6 percent of U.S. households, equal to 49.1 million people, “had difficulty obtaining food for all their members due to a lack of resources” during 2008, up from 2007 when 11.1 percent of households were classified as food insecure.
President Barack Obama called the USDA report “unsettling” and vowed to reverse the trend of rising hunger.
- 49 Million Americans Struggle to Put Food on the Table (webmd.com)
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- 17 million Americans struggled to feed their family last year (americablog.com)