Rise in hunger in 2011 felt in Kansas City
The Kansas City Star
Soup kitchens and food pantries in the Kansas City area know too well that 2011 was a difficult year for low-income and no-income people struggling feed their families.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that a record number of U.S. households had trouble providing meals for their families. The state of hunger in America report showed that a record 17.9 million U.S. households — 700,000 more than 2010 — struggled to feed family members.
That’s 14.9 percent of U.S. households or more than 50 million people who faced what’s called a “food insecurity.” This is likely to be an issue in the presidential election with Republican candidate Mitt Romney being accused of being unconcerned about the plight of America’s poor and President Barack Obama being assailed by critics of not doing enough to prevent the high U.S. jobless rate, home foreclosures and continuing bad U.S. economy.