Theme Thursday: Food   2 comments

This week’s Theme Thursday is “Food”.

Did you know that 17,400,000 households (not people, mind you, households) in the United States don’t put three square meals on the table, due to lack of resources?  And that this has been going on for two years?

Eighty-five percent of American households were food secure throughout the entire year in 2009, meaning that they had access at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members. The remaining households (14.7 percent) were food insecure at least some time during the year, including 5.7 percent with very low food security. In households with very low food security, the food intake of one or more household members was reduced and their eating patterns were disrupted at times during the year because the household lacked money and other resources for food. Prevalence rates of food insecurity and very low food security were essentially unchanged from 14.6 percent and 5.7 percent, respectively, in 2008, and remained at the highest recorded levels since 1995, when the first national food security survey was conducted.

These numbers are essentially unchanged for 2008 and 2009.  The insecurity numbers were 11.1 percent and 4.1 percent in 2007.  10.9 and 4.0 in 2006. The recession has clearly hit the poor pretty damn hard.  Remember that the next time you want to complain about how bad things are for you.

Happy Thanksgiving.

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Posted November 18, 2010 by padraic2112 in food, Theme Thursday

2 responses to “Theme Thursday: Food

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  1. Another reason why I don’t like when people feel they have it so bad when the really don’t. It could be much worse!

    Great choice for this weeks theme!

  2. I was surprised and disappointed when my son, who is 14, said that he didn’t believe there were actually people in our community that needed the food bank. When we lived in a big city, we volunteered at the soup kitchen and he understood people were hungry. But this new home area is a bit more affluent. I guess I need to spend more time talking to all my boys about how lucky they are, even if I do insist they take at least one bite of their vegetables.

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