Poverty: The Steady Hold of Hunger

The Steady Hold of Hunger

Even before the stock-market crash last month evoked fears of a recession, some 20 million people in the U.S. were going hungry on a regular basis. So says Hunger Reaches Blue Collar America, a report released last week by the Physician Task Force on Hunger in America, a public health advocacy group. Using government figures and its own survey of some 25 depressed areas in eight states, the task force concluded that despite steady economic growth, 32.4 million people live at or below the federal poverty level ($9,069 for a family of three), and many of them rely regularly on food...

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