Friday, December 19, 2008

Hunger extends its reach, study finds

Feeding America, formerly known as America's Second Harvest, released a study finding that

36% of low income households say they ate less or skipped meals because they didn't have enough money for food, and 40% say they chose between food or paying for utilities in the past year.
...The number of people receiving food stamps jumped from 26.9 million in September 2007 to a record 31.6 million in September 2008, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The USDA's annual report on food security found an increased number of households with children, 323,000 in 2007, who didn't have enough to eat, compared with 221,000 in 2006.

Rising food prices and unemployment are cited as among the reasons for the rise.

Feeding America has obtained grants under which they can provide 8 bags of groceries for every one dollar donation or fill more bowls of food for every dollar donated. For more information about helping those who are hungry, please go here.

To read about their survey , please go here.

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