Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Help Us!

Hunger and Poverty Statistics

Poverty 1

• In 2006, nearly 37 million people (12.3%) were in poverty.
• In 2006, 7.6 (9.8%) million families were in poverty.
• In 2006, 20.2 million (10.8%) of people aged 18-64 were in poverty.
• In 2006, 12.8 million (17.4%) children under the age of 18 were in poverty.
• In 2006, 3.4 million (9.4%) seniors 65 and older were in poverty.

Food Insecurity (Low Food Security and Very Low Security) and Food Insecurity With Hunger (Very Low Security) 2

• In 2006, 35.5 million Americans lived in food insecure households, 22.8 million adults and 12.6 million children.

• In 2006, 10.9% of households (12.6 million households) were food insecure, a statistically insignificant decrease from 11% (12.6 million households) in 2005.

• In 2006, 4% of households (4.6 million households) experienced very low food security, a small increase from 3.9% in 2005.

• In 2006, households with children reported food insecurity at almost double the rate for those without children, 15.6% compared to 8.5%.

• In 2006, households that were more likely to experience food insecurity were households with children, households with children headed by single women (30.4%) or men (17%), households with incomes below the poverty line (36.3%), Black households (21.8%) and Hispanic households (19.5%).

• In 2006, 5.9% of households with seniors ( 1.59 million households) were food insecure (low food security and very low food security), a statistically insignificant decrease from 6% ( 1.6 million households) in 2005.

Use of Emergency Food Assistance and Federal Food Assistance Programs

• In 2006, 3.3% of all U.S. households (3.8 million households) accessed emergency food from a food pantry one or more times, or 21% of all food-insecure households. 3

• In 2006, food insecure (low food security or very low food security) households were 19 times more likely than food-secure households to have obtained food from a food pantry, an increase in likelihood from 17 times in 2005.4

• In 2006, food insecure (low food security or very low food security) households were 15 times more likely than food-secure households to have eaten a meal at an emergency kitchen, an decrease in likelihood from 19 times in 2005 . 5

• In 2006, 55.5% of food-insecure households participated in at least one of the three major Federal food assistance programs – Food Stamp Program, The National School Lunch Program, and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, remaining unchanged from 55.6% in 2005. 6

• America’s Second Harvest Network provides emergency food assistance to an estimated 25 million low-income people annually, an 8% increase from 23 million since Hunger In America 2001.7

• America's Second Harvest provides emergency food assistance to approximately 4.5 million different people in any given week. 8

• Among members of the America's Second Harvest network, 65% of pantries, 61% of kitchens, and 52% of shelters reported that there had been an increase since 2001 in the number of clients who come to their emergency food program sites. 9

Top Ten States In Prevalence of Food Insecurity, Average 2004-2006 10

U.S. 11.3%
MS 18.1%
NM 16.1%
TX 15.9%
SC 14.7%
OK 14.6%
UT 14.5%
LA 14.4%
AR 14.3%
KY 13.6%
AZ 13.1%


1 U.S. Census Bureau. Carmen DeNavas-Walt, B. Proctor, C. Lee. Income, Poverty, and Heath Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2006.
2 USDA. Mark Nord, M. Andrews, S. Carlson. Household Food Security in the United States, 2006.
3 USDA. Mark Nord, M. Andrews, S. Carlson. Household Food Security in the United States, 2006.
4 USDA. Mark Nord, M. Andrews, S. Carlson. Household Food Security in the United States, 2006.
5 USDA. Mark Nord, M. Andrews, S. Carlson. Household Food Security in the United States, 2006.
6 USDA. Mark Nord, M. Andrews, S. Carlson. Household Food Security in the United States, 2006.
7 Rhoda Cohen, M. Kim, J. Ohls. Hunger In America 2006. America’s Second Harvest.
8 Rhoda Cohen, M. Kim, J. Ohls. Hunger In America 2006. America’s Second Harvest.
9 Rhoda Cohen, M. Kim, J. Ohls. Hunger In America 2006. America’s Second Harvest.
10 USDA. Mark Nord, M. Andrews, S. Carlson. Household Food Security in the United States, 2006.



OK so the statistics are from 2006. Anyone venture to guess what they are currently?

Lets see the sub-prime crisis, thousands recently losing their jobs, medical cost skyrocketing, need I say more.

Yet despite all that there are those living in their comfortable little bubbles all snug knowing they are safe and secure and in denial a problem of hunger and poverty even exists. Denialists believe the problem is not so bad here in America compared to the Third World. That is utter rubbish and a convenient excuse to reinforce the denial. Sure blame it on the lazy 'welfare' crowd, that's easy, just don't blame yourself.

Any one of us alone cannot solve the crisis but together we can show a caring hand to those not as lucky as us. Through donations to Americas Second Harvest and others directly putting food on the plates of the poor in America we can make a difference.

Where ever you live in a city in the USA, within 5 miles there is someone hungry that needs to know that their fellow Americans do care and want to help through giving selflessly to make this a better place for all.



DEN said...

With all the thousands being spent daily on self ingratiation with Hummers and Yachts, and lavish homes you would think they could afford to provide enough spare money for the charity work that needs to be done.

But that will not happen. We are taught early on to horde money, wealth is more important than even life itself and surrounding ourselves with the loot of a lifetime shows real success.

All this while looking down our noses at the 'little people' less fortunate and feeling so good that we got ours.

We are different here in the USA alright, and what an example we are to humanity and our fellow man.


tytandanmar said...

I agree there is suffering around he world. But government is never the answer and never has been. It takes caring people to make a difference and there are no such caring people in government. They only care for themselves and when they pretend to care for others, all they do is get in the way and make things worse.

I will never turn away from someone in need. But you cannot say there are not those out there gaming the system any way and anytime they can. That is the fallacy of government assistance. Too much money to go around and so little time to catch the cheaters. Including the bureaucracy itself.

DEN said...

If anyone missed BIG O giving his speech last night, which incidentally totally rocked, can view it HERE

No one has ever inspired more people like he has and the both Democrats have been responsible for a sharp rise in voter participation by getting out the message that we hate the chimp and don't want to make war anymore.

DEN said...

I am NOT talking about 'Government assistance'.

I am talking 'personal assistance' however.

YOU brought that up, not me.

Americas' Second Harvest is NOT governmental in any way, sheesh, pay attention will ya.

micki said...

I happen to believe that government -- and the individual who can help -- have an obligation to lend a helping hand to those in need, and I also believe that the system we have (flawed though it is) is the cheapest system yet devised to help care for children whose parents have few job skills or few opportunities.

Before we succumb to those who'd have us throw out the benefits completely, we'd better be absolutely certain we have a better idea. I haven't seen any innovative ideas from the anti-welfare brigade.

Some of the biggest "gamers of the system" are sitting in plush corner offices -- corporate welfare costs us a helluva lot of dough.

DEN said...

Micki, "Some of the biggest "gamers of the system" are sitting in plush corner offices -- corporate welfare costs us a helluva lot of dough."

Right on!

tytandanmar said...

Agree again. So why do democrats advocate higher taxes on incomes instead of breaking the cycle of government waste and advocating tax cuts so we can ween the idiots in Washington from yours and my wallet? That is the problem. We allow DC politicians to have unlimited access to our money yet when we face a financial crisis we have to cut back or go without. Politicians, regretfully, never have this problem with our money.

Kudos to America's Second Harvest. Sounds like a worthwhile charity. My bad for lumping them in with governmental inadequacy.

Alan said...

There you go again Ty with the wingnut talking points. Tax cuts for the rich didn't work out so well, did it? No one I know about wants to raise taxes on the middle class or lower. We want hedge fund millionaires to pay their share. We want Social Security taxes on ALL their income the same as mine is taxed. No offshore tax havens either, which costs us more than welfare cheaters.
I don't THINK you are rich, so why do you think and vote against your own best interests??

tytandanmar said...

My best interest if for government to keep their nose out of my life. Republican, Democrat, it doesn't matter. There are only two things the federal government should be required to do and funded accordingly. Provide for a national defense and a federal judiciary.

micki said...

Hmmmmm....even Ed McMahon is facing foreclosure? Maybe he needed a financial planner....

Ed McMahon fights foreclosure on Beverly Hills home

Wed Jun 4, 2008 1:37pm EDT

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Ed McMahon, the longtime sidekick to U.S. talk show host Johnny Carson, is fighting to save his multimillion dollar Beverly Hills home from foreclosure, McMahon's spokesman said on Wednesday.

McMahon, 85, most famous for his "Heeeeeeeeere's Johnny" introduction to "The Tonight Show" for 30 years, is one of the most high-profile people to be caught up in the U.S. housing downturn and credit squeeze. ...

Spokesman Howard Bragman said the jovial TV personality was having "very fruitful discussions" with his mortgage lenders after a notice of default was filed in February.

According to public records, McMahon was then about $644,000 in arrears on the mortgage for the six-bedroom, five-bathroom home in an exclusive area of Beverly Hills. The house has been on the market for about two years and the current asking price is $5.75 million.

Bragman said McMahon fell and broke his neck about 18 months ago, preventing him from working. His health problems and the weak housing market forced him into foreclosure proceedings....

DEN said...

Gee wiz all those years of fame and fortune and one broken neck and it's all over at 85.

He can live at my place as long as every time I come home he says, here's Denny! and can clean fish.

carey said...

Nice posts Den.

Congratulations Obama. What a momentous occasion. I cried. The biggest dream of them all and the one I didn't think I'd see--a black man nominated for President.

I'm utterly freaked out by all the stuff on my plate. School is crushing us right now. Almost over.

Interesting, Ty. Still, I have faith in government. Just not the current (lack of) one.


Tres elegante as always in your explanation of why government is needed.

I don't know about the rest of you but I'm been rather tongue-tied recently. Mercury must be in retrograde.

I know this post is unedited, but I don't have time. Gotta go figure out a quiz for Brandon and gang.

David B. Benson said...

tytandanmar --- I don't recall where I saw the number, but the current food crisis meeting reports state 2 billion are at risk.

On earlier threads I posted several reports and analyses regarding the current food crisis. There is no single answer regarding 'who is at fault', but I'll lay a large portion of the blaim on the World Bank and the IMF (but the U.S. government, especially congress, gets its share of the blaim as well).

And so does Peak Oil and climate change...

tytandanmar said...

Dr. Benson

Is it not sad that supposed agencies that were formulated to help actually hurt them? As long as I have food on my plate, my neighbors will as well should they fall on hard times. What I do not trust is the rape of the taxpayer to do nothing more than fund a bloated bureaucracy that does little or nothing at all to help those they are entrusted to help. Look at the victims of the disaster in Myanmar. Their government hoards the goods donated by well inentioned countries to help their citizens. But with a citizenry kept out of the communication age, do you think they even have an inkling of what is going on?

micki said...

He can live at my place as long as every time I come home he says, here's Denny! and can clean fish.


micki said...

And so does Peak Oil and climate change...

This has really added fuel to the flame. (which rhymes with b-l-a-m-e -- hint hint)

Alan said...

There are only two things the federal government should be required to do and funded accordingly. Provide for a national defense and a federal judiciary.

Well, you're just being silly now. What about roads and bridges? How about the CDC to fight against diseases and such? There's a looooong list of good government programs, and the rich guys you carry water for should be paying their share. The #1 reason for government is to be there for the COMMON GOOD of all Americans.

tytandanmar said...


What makes you think the States can't do that themselves? Remember, here was no federal tax until WWI. States had their own tax system long before then and did just fine. That is the way it was intended to be, not the other way around.

David B. Benson said...

tytandanmar --- The World Bank has been caught up in Friedmanesque economic policies which work to benefit American agribusinesscritters at the expense of the world's poor.

THe IMF to a lesser extent.

But Malawi decided to do what the U.S. does, not what it says. Great success this last crop season: enough maize to feed ever4ybody with another million tonnes to export to other countries in Africa.

What the government did was to provide subsidized fertilizer and sometimes also seed. Note that government action well...

Alan said...

What makes you think the States can't do that themselves? Remember, here was no federal tax until WWI.

Ahh, then the big highways were built with the federal programs and it raised everyone's ship together. Big economic shot in the arm for America, and it couldn't have been done by state government.
"From many, one."
I do believe your area (Appalachia)benefitted big time from federal programs, did it not?
Are you consistant then and think the poor folks should've turned down help because it didn't come from the state they live in??
Me thinks you're pulling a bush and speaking from the gut... without a bit of real brain activity involved.

Alan said...

Was anybody watching MSNBC last night during the speeches and after? That dipshyt Brian Williams' bit in particular. All the attention on Obama was not to his liking so he went on this long spiel about mcsame. How mcsame said the air defense rockets shot at him looked like telephone poles going by. He dipped his wings blah blah. The years in prison and a fellow prisoner (that's coming out with a book) that got the medal of honor praises his courage, blah blah. Williams encouraged Americans to REALLY look into the candidate's past, blah blah. WTF?!! I couldn't believe what I was hearing. Did he go on an on about Obama when mcsame won?? I think not.

tytandanmar said...


States can get along just fine. When you the word earmarks, apprpriations, etc, think of that as money that was sent to government via taxes that should not go to them in the first place. It alwas comes back with hoops to jump through and threats of being cut off if they do not comply. I propose a 10% federal tax, a 10% state tax and a 5% local tax. Then states do not have to kiss the ass of DC politicians to get their money back and local communities can do the same.

DEN said...

Alan, I saw that too, what a crock!

Alan said...

We were talking about federal programs and agencies, not pork barrel projects. Cut all them you want, but leave the programs that are supposed to help ALL Americans alone.

Now if the bird flu shows up in Tennessee, according to you, they are on their own, right?
The Tenn Center of Disease Control will handle it just fine. yeah, right

Oh and... we don't have a state tax in Texas. So now who is it wanting to raise taxes?? I dare say you'd be tarred and feathered if you came down here with that b/s.

Alan said...

ehh, I meant INCOME TAX. my bad

micki said...

In 1862, in order to support the Civil War effort, Congress enacted the nation's first income tax law. It was a forerunner of our modern income tax in that it was based on the principles of graduated, or progressive, taxation and of withholding income at the source.

During the Civil War, a person earning from $600 to $10,000 per year paid tax at the rate of 3%. Those with incomes of more than $10,000 paid taxes at a higher rate.

micki said...

Remember Kathleen and AIPAC?

I wonder what she thinks about Obama's speech today to AIPAC.

United States Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama on Wednesday declared that as president his goal would be to eliminate the threat to Israel from Iran, speaking in an address to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

"I'll do everything in my power to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. Everything," Obama told the pro-Israel lobby at a conference in Washington, only hours after securing his party's nomination.

Later in the speech, which was frequently punctuated by the crowd's rapturous applause, he said: "I will always leave the threat of military action on the table to defend our security, and that of our ally Israel."

The more things CHANGE, the more they might remain the same.....

micki said...

I take no pleasure in saying this, but with Hillary Clinton now hors de combat, Barack Obama, securing the nomination, will be changing his tune on a lot of important issues that helped him win the race.

º¿carol said...

They're all a bunch of liars.

Hard drive was dying Sunday night. Took the computer in, got it back Tuesday and didn't have the internet.

I'm back now!!! Woo hoo!

caro°L° said...

I'm for WAY more government in our lives. Lots of it. It should run everything starting with a national health care, dammit. To bad the oil here isn't state owned.

Cª®ºL said...

Everything is suddenly green and a joke. Every kind of business is trying to use the green thing as if it means something. What a bunch of baloney. There's even a logo on the bottom of the Discovery channel, lauding a "green channel". Can't frickin' believe that one.

One of Bob's coworkers has been looking into things to save energy. Buying a Prius is out, of course. Gotta be rich to get one of them.

He looked into solar panels, $10,000 and the place he lives said that was only ok if they weren't visible from the road. *eyeroll*

Then he looked into windmills. The blade kind and some kind of corkscrew top. I think they were $20,000 and also a no-no where he lives.

Proves my point that only government can save us. Individuals can't do very much. Even if you could afford something like a windmill, some authority is there to stop you from getting it.

We're doomed.

DEN said...

Been doomed.

DEN said...

I studied windmill energy years ago and it is very efficient if you live on fairly flat land, usually tower mounted and considered 'ugly' by the homeowners assos.

Passive solar using patio door sections on a south wall will save you big bucks heating, screen them off and make them hinge open and get superb ventilation in the hot weather.

David B. Benson said...

Carol --- Maybe he should first consider a heat pump and then maybe solar thermal.

DEN said...

Dedicated solar or wind farms are the answer for right now to halve the cost in todays prices.

Electricity is our only hope for a hassle free existence, washers, dryers stoves and stuff we need, we just have to require power companies to produce energy from safe renewable sources and innovate.

GE is doing it.

♥C♥rol said...

Thanks for the suggestions, Doc. I will put the info in Bob's lunch so he can give it to Ken. (a little Googling on my part of course)

DEN said...

Followup on an earlier post:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Silver-colored metal dental fillings contain mercury that may cause health problems in pregnant women, children and fetuses, the Food and Drug Administration said on Wednesday after settling a related lawsuit.

As part of the settlement with several consumer advocacy groups, the FDA agreed to alert consumers about the potential risks on its website and to issue a more specific rule next year for fillings that contain mercury, FDA spokeswoman Peper Long said.

Millions of Americans have the fillings, or amalgams, to patch cavities in their teeth.

"Dental amalgams contain mercury, which may have neurotoxic effects on the nervous systems of developing children and fetuses," the FDA said in a notice on its Web site.



DEN said...

Hey! I don't have to stand for this abuse, I'm gonna go lie down.

micki said...

...going back to a previous post today about the role of government (or not!), I am a sap for our National Parks. We wouldn't have them if it had been left up to individual states...

The poet William Wordsworth described the Lake District as a "sort of national property in which every man has a right and interest who has an eye to perceive and a heart to enjoy."

These pristine sites were preserved because of the federal government's efforts, egged on by people like John Muir and George Catlin and countless others.

Thank goodness for these national treasures.