Hunger in America

Archive Report

Evidence of Growing Problem

Increase in Demand for Food Assistance

In our affluent society, there are always millions of people unable to feed, clothe or house themselves adequately. During hard economic times — such as the recession and period of high unemployment that started in 1981 — the problems of the poor are compounded. And now, with the approach of winter, conditions of life for Americans living below the poverty line will become even harsher.

The main problem today for the nation's poor appears to be hunger. In the last year evidence has accumulated from a variety of sources, including church groups, charitable organizations, city and county officials, congressional investigators and the media, that hunger is a significant and growing problem in the United States. Reagan administration ...

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