50% US children went hungry in 2007
Published on Times of India, by AP, Nov. 18, 2008.
WASHINGTON: Some 691,000 children went hungry in the US sometime in 2007, while close to one in eight Americans struggled to feed themselves adequately even before this year’s sharp economic downturn, the Agriculture Department reported on Monday …
… He predicted the 2008 numbers will show even more hunger because of the sharp economic downturn this year.
“There’s every reason to think the increases in the number of hungry people will be very, very large based on the increased demand we’re seeing this year at food stamp agencies, emergency kitchens, Women, Infants and Children clinics, really across the entire social service support structure,” said James Weill, president of the Food Research and Action Center, an anti-hunger group.
Weill said the figures show that economic growth during the first seven years of the Bush administration didn’t reach the poorest and hungriest people. “The people in the deepest poverty are suffering the most,” Weill said. (full text).
TROP D’ENFANTS SOUFFRENT DE LA FAIM AUX ETATS-UNIES:
Malnutrition – en 2007 et avant les effets de la crise, le nombre d’enfants souffrant de la faim est passé de 260′000 cas en 2006 à près de 691′000 en 2007. Il a donc augmenté de plus de 50% en un an.
(lu dans le quotidien Genevois le Matin Bleu, Nov. 19, 2008).