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Operators of free food banks say they are seeing more working people needing assistance. The increased demand is outstripping supplies and forcing many pantries and food banks to cut portions.
Demand is being driven up by rising costs of food, housing, utilities, health care and gasoline, while food manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers are finding they have less surplus food to donate and government help has decreased, according to Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, executive director of the Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks.
"I've been doing this for 20 years, and I can't believe how much worse it gets month after month," she said.
"We have food banks in virtually every city in the country, and what we are hearing is that they are all facing severe shortages with demand so high," Ross Fraser, a spokesman for America's Second Harvest — The Nation's Food Bank Network, the nation's largest hunger relief group, said Friday. "One of our food banks in Florida said demand is up 35 percent over this time last year."
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's annual hunger survey released Wednesday showed that more than 35.5 million people in the United States were hungry in 2006. While that number was about the same as the previous year, heads of food banks and pantries say many more people are seeking their assistance. Link
Internal rage is the reason I started blogging a couple of years ago. Venting was therapeutic. It remains that way.
Having read the above....doesn't this information about hunger on the rise in America just piss you off to no end?
Factor in that Selected President, George W. Bush, just vetoed a health and domestic issues funding bill which included a tiny increase for, you know, the sake of Americans....while at the same time he DEMANDS almost $200 billion more to piss away in the sands of Iraq.....and I'm tellin' ya'.....even today's blogging ain't takin' away the rage.
While moronic and detestable teevee pundits bray on about goddamn gotcha questions concerning driver's licenses......Americans suffer. While "serious and wise" media leaders with their stable of brand name "journalist" celebrities review, ad nasuem, the inane and meaningless trivialities they think we need to know about every day.....Americans suffer.
As our nation slips into what looks to be a serious recession.....and these hunger numbers are only one indicator....Republican presidential wannabes insist on cutting even more taxes.....not to help Americans who are suffering, mind you, but to advance the greedy ambitions of the monied class.
Approximately 40 years ago, my closest buddy was struck by a train while in his pick-up on the way to work. He survived without any lasting ailments or permanent damage. At the time, and looking at his truck, it all seemed miraculous.
The U.S. of A., for at least the last 7 years, has been in a collision with Bush/Cheney and Rubber Stamp Republicans in Congress. The collision has been devastating, destroying much of what Americans held to be....well....American. The forensic evidence from this collision is now finally coming in.....even though at a snail's pace.
In a slow motion replay of this collision, 2/3rds of the country have observed unprecedented tax cutting, mainly for the monied class. We've observed imperialistic wars of choice launched on lies and disinformation, mainly for the sake of the monied class. We've observed mortgage scams primarily designed to fill the wallets of the monied class.
AND....we have seen....at the same time....salt-of-the-earth Americans being run over. Losing buying power, losing their jobs, losing their health care, losing their houses, losing their loved ones, and worst of all.....losing hope. Losing hope in a country whose leadership on the federal level has done nothing but betray them and their once great nation.
Will America survive this collision? Or will America become so debilitated from the Bush/Cheney/Republican driven trainwreck that our once great nation will be crippled permanently?
I'm afraid it will take a miracle.