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.