Growing Hunger in America?

Do any illegals look like this?


What about our children first?

13.9 million individuals are currently as of this writing unemployed, that the government will admit to and though current claimants can claim for more than 26 weeks for at least a while, periods of payment have been lowered drastically. Why is our government not jumping in doing something PDQ?

Hunger is a reality in the United States, it is in every state, every county and every town. One in five don't know where their next meal is coming from. I have always known we had a problem but now it is reaching more than the homeless. It is into the homes. It is people working but not making enough money. It is families who once had two working and now only one. It is single parents stretched to the limit. It is an emergency such as car trouble or high utilities and now there is barely any food in the fridge.

Millions of children do eat a meal at school so that will keep them from starving to death if they are one of the lucky ones, but it won't keep them from going to bed hungry. It won't give them something to eat over the weekend and on holidays. The cost of food is almost doubling and no wages are going up. There are some food banks to help some when they have no choice but to go begging. Sometimes; in some places. Does anyone in DC care? Are they missing any meals? {Are they drinking water from the faucet?} Are their children getting three meals a day? Are they worried about tomorrow or next week or a weekend their children can't even have one meal? How many people could eat for one of their many, many plane trips?

Shame on America!

Hungry Child Sad Face 400 x
Hungry Child Sad Face 400 x

Good nutrition, particularly in the first three years of life, is important for establishing a good foundation that has implications for a child’s future physical and mental health, academic achievement, and economic productivity. Unfortunately, food insecurity is an obstacle that threatens that critical foundation. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), 15.9 million children under 18 in the United States live in households where they are unable to consistently access enough nutritious food necessary for a healthy life.Although food insecurity is harmful to any individual, it can be particularly devastating among children due to their increased vulnerability and the potential for long-term consequences.

This says it all-please watch-very short.

We give illegals thousands $ while our own starve?

Yes that is absolute truth yet we do not hear anyone addressing this. Why not? Why do illegal immigrant children get set up while we turn our backs on our very own! They even discourage and fine us for trying to feed our own hungry and destitute!

They can give millions and billions to the rich and wealthy and bail out big business and countries all around the world but our government never addresses our homeless or hungry, do they? No. Our states that are not allowed their own laws now can just worry about their own hungry. Well though; unless they have changed it; our government was starting to charge for a license to feed hungry at about $200 didn't I hear down Texas way? Greed. Our government. We are shamed. There is no excuse for one American to go hungry. It is just not right! All while our tax dollars are keeping the bellies of illegals full. The ones with more rights than an American. Who have to answer to no one and anyone is punished who try to do anything about it.

Our government doesn't want it called the hungry anymore, no, we will now call it food security or insecurity. That makes it sound much better on them. While that number keeps going up of ones starving we can just give it a better sounding label.

Already all the lotteries and gambling in the states which I believe most say is for education or a large portion seems to not be helping there since teachers are out trying to round up enough materials for their children before the school year. In fact it has been reported by the New York Times that really only 1 to 5 percent of the proceeds of gambling is actually reaching our school children. Like everything else no one has to answer, since they apparently are all up to something. So then why don't we use a little of that gambling money and feed the hungry, build some shelters, clean up our cities of the homeless instead of dumping them in the country where there are no trash cans to search through or buildings to block the cold.

How about using it to create some jobs in America; so no one has to smell up the air and make us look the other way? It could be us pretty soon. How secure are you?

Obama worries about illegals; not ours!

The number of people living in poverty, destitution, loneliness and
The number of people living in poverty, destitution, loneliness and


Politicians lining pockets

Gas prices are on the rise again. Why? What has happened now to make it go up? Do they think we are fools to not see it lowered every holiday to make us get out and spend more money and then...right back up. How will that affect you? Will food prices go even higher? Of course they will. They have to if gas is up. Is anyone paying attention to what is happening to this country? Doesn't it look as if our own government is trying to destroy America and add more to unemployment and food bank lines? Food banks the government want to tax or control. People the government wants to control. Are any of them really for us? Do any of them see what America has become? Is this what they want? Where are we headed?

I vote we come up with a new name for politicians, they would like that wouldn't they? Public Servants; secure and insecure. Do we have a secure one to choose from?

Today, the U.S. admits 1 million immigrants a year. The plan supported by the president and Senate Democrats would increase that to 3 million a year, or 30 million largely lower-skill immigrants over the next 10.

Did anyone ask the American people whether they wanted to triple immigration?

Polling shows that the public opposes these increases. The opposition is particularly strong among lower- and middle-income Americans. Those earning under $30,000 prefer a reduction to an increase by 3-1. ht

From Sept 2014 report

A record number of homeless students were enrolled in US public schools last year, according to new numbers released Monday by the Department of Education.

The data – which most experts say underreport the actual number of homeless children in America – showed that nearly 1.3 million homeless children and teens were enrolled in schools in the 2012-13 school year, an 8 percent increase from the previous school year.

The number of homeless students has been rising steadily for a number of years, and has increased about 85 percent since the beginning of the recession.

“The data released today confirm what our members see every day – increasing numbers of children and youth struggling to survive without a home,” said Barbara Duffield, director of policy and programs for the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth, in a statement.

According to the breakdown of numbers in the data released, the vast majority of homeless youth – 75 percent – are living "doubled-up," meaning multiple families are living together not by choice. Another 6 percent are in hotels or motels. None of the youths in those categories are recognized as homeless by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), meaning that while those students are eligible for assistance through local schools, they don't qualify for HUD services. A bill currently before Congress would amend the HUD definition to include those additional homeless youth – a priority for a number of children's advocates.

“The new data means that a record number of kids in our schools and communities are spending restless nights in bed-bug-infested motels and falling more behind in school by the day because they’re too tired and hungry to concentrate," said Bruce Lesley, president of the First Focus Campaign for Children, in a statement Monday. "This is a desperate situation, and the first step we must take is to get homeless students the housing assistance they need today by passing the Homeless Children and Youth Act.”

For the first time this year, the Education Department asked schools to report whether homeless students were living with their parents or on their own. Some 6 percent – nearly 76,000 students – were living on their own, a category that homeless advocates say is at particularly high risk for sexual and physical abuse and exploitation.

The data gathered in the report comes from schools, but doesn't include infants and toddlers or homeless children and teens either not enrolled in public school or not identified by school officials.;_ylt=AwrBT8pJkyNUpckA7RNXNyoA

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John Sarkis 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

This is a really great article. And, so true.... You make some excellent points.


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Pollyannalana 4 years ago from US Author

Thank you John, I have really big fears for Americans.

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Laura Matkin 4 years ago from Laceys Spring, Alabama

Great idea! "I vote we come up with a new name for politicians, they would like that wouldn't they? Public Servants; secure and insecure. Do we have a secure one to choose from?" I had no idea hunger was so rampant in America! The price of food keeps rising as well. Great Hub I hope many people read this.

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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa

I took some things into a local food bank recently and the grateful woman who received my donation said their demand was way up.

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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica

This is a very touching subject Polly. Here in Jamaica it's the same thing. Every thing is so expensive and salaries are increasing any. There are little or no jobs to be had.

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Pollyannalana 4 years ago from US Author

Thank you for reading Laura and those meaningful words!

Deborah- They say the food banks are all but bare and donations are taken at almost every grocery store. I hope we can trust them!

Cardisa we have all just sat too long and let idiot leaders do this to us and i fear it is too late for a way out. I am so thankful I am not a young person now looking for work, especially new ones starting families! Can you imagine?

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maxoxam41 4 years ago from USA

You think as if the government was an independent entity, thinking independently! Don't you see that behind it are private interests, why would they worry about you, us? Most of the people live in a comfortable bubble thinking that it will NEVER reach their country, their door!

More and more people are getting affected by this selfish policy in our hub community!

Do we really think that the American government is different from the Somalian one when it comes to topple the hunger problem?

Nice hub.

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amillar 4 years ago from Scotland, UK

Very interesting article Polly. This is what we get for trusting our fate to the politicos and the corporations. Few people have access to the soil to grow food anymore. The stock market elites hold sway over the cost of living. Bankers pass down orders to elected governments. Meanwhile, Monsanto are cracking on with their 'terminator' seed science.

Keep putting it out there Polly before/until they close down the web for truth.

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Pollyannalana 4 years ago from US Author

Maxoaxom, there are many corrupt governments but I am only talking about mine right now and I will only take the blame insofar as I have not stepped out alone although I have been speaking out for quite awhile now. I encourage people to do something and there are smarter ones than me out there that probably know how. Yes the ones who are comfortable are probably not concerned, they don't realize bottom line it will reach them too, but it will, their freedoms anyway and all they buy. For show our government will feed other countries but not her own, that is my beef; besides being a much larger problem than they admit to. Thanks for reading!

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Pollyannalana 4 years ago from US Author

Yes that is what they are working on now amillar, we all know and will we allow it? We had better not. Things are not going to turn around on their own, we are going to have to fight for it. It is time to clean house!

Good to have you over, friend!

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badegg 4 years ago from Southern Appalachians

Excellent article and great points to ponder!It would be great if we would spend some of the money that America sends overseas at home where it could do the most good!

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Pollyannalana 4 years ago from US Author

Thanks for your comment badegg. Even Americans it seems do not know charity begins at home.

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Pollyannalana 4 years ago from US Author

Thank you Alastar and I recommend people take food directly to these food shelters when possible. Maybe I am one big skeptic but it seems strange to me all these stores collect food and pantries are running short, but maybe that is a reflection of having more hungry collecting food. I always pay attention to elderly neighbors too; to know someone is visiting them so I know someone is there to check on them to make sure they eat.

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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX

Polly - A lot of what you described is by design. Dependency on the federal government has grown by 23% the last two years. I'd rather not become a slave to our government and its policies myself.

The Frog

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Pollyannalana 4 years ago from US Author

Well I guess I see where you are coming from Frog Prince but that is like saying we are not the government and that I see as the problem. I am not asking the government to feed these hungry people as if they are someone who is lazy and deserves to starve to death; I am saying if my money is going somewhere I want it to go to needy Americans, not politicians and illegal immigrants! The reason there is a dependency is because people are losing their jobs, from all the ones sent overseas and then illegals taking all they can of the ones there is! Teens really are hurting for jobs that could be helping parent out because of illegals, and I don't know when Americans are going to stop rolling their eyes and see we have been overtaken!

Sooner28 4 years ago

Isn't it amazing we have politicians like Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich who say billionaires need tax cuts, but spending on social programs are off limits? Right now, the conservative party is living in bizzaro world.

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Pollyannalana 4 years ago from US Author

Thank you Sooner for your response. I certainly know the rich are winning out anyway we turn that is so true and no one is doing anything, as we can all see. The politicians are filthy rich and I mean that in every way so apparently power is their only goal with no thought to holding this country together. Only a miracle would pull us out now and I don't think they any qualify for that job.

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Pollyannalana 4 years ago from US Author

Hello Eiddwen, thanks for taking the time to come by, I would really understand if you couldn't for awhile; really looking forward to your finished book. I have written a book too that is fiction but with some truth. Can't wait to get it out there. Soon I hope!

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lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona

Great Hub on a topic that many Americans don't want to acknowledge. I am incensed over the millions and billions of dollars our government sends overseas to fund humanitarian causes, when we have a laundry list of social problems here that need to be addressed. I believe we should use channel financial resources to take care of our own before we go out and try to save the world. That also goes for the celebrities with their world-cause du jour. Thanks for letting me rant! :)

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Pollyannalana 4 years ago from US Author

Thank you for bringing up the celebrities, I so agree, lindacee. Apparently they do it for show. Ones who give millions while all around them need help and food and warmth. I think they will say why to someone.

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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago

I think what has happened in these last three years is an orchestrated effort by the Progressive (read Marxist, Atheist) people in America to get half of our citizens dependent on the government.

Why half? It takes half to get reelected and perhaps get power forever like Chavez in Venezuela.

Why do they want you dependent on the government? Because if the government is providing your food, shelter, clothes, electricity, transportation, education, entertainment, and your health care; you are locked in voting for the party that promises to keep giving you all that free stuff. You are a loyal supporter for life.

As Shaw said: "If you rob Peter to pay Paul; you can always count on the support of Paul."

It is easy to start giving away other people's money—it is hard to stop the giveaways once people get used to them.

I just read yesterday that the Progressives have finally done it! For the first time in American history, half of all Americans pay no taxes and half get some kind of personal assistance from the federal government.

20 percent of our population is entirely dependent on the government to keep on living; and for the first time in American history, those on the dole make more money than the average working person!

The average working person makes $55,000 a year but after taxes takes home about $32,000. A person on the dole now gets total government benefits of $33,000 for doing nothing. So why work?

If you think it is bad now, wait til the government gets its hands of the complete control of pharmaceuticals. You know those "happy pills" one out five Americans are addicted to right now? The day will come when you have to vote for the "correct" political party to get your prescription. And people will do anything to not have to go through withdrawal from psychotropic drugs.

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Pollyannalana 4 years ago from US Author

Well James I better really get busy on those natural cures! I do bring out the new hungry people in this hub but I really am still highly concerned about the ones the government just want to kill off and they are so out of it I doubt they vote! Homeless people are no benefit to the government and as I want to keep reminding everyone, "we the people" need to be making the decisions. We need to be heard, like now! Knowing that is probably why they are going to jump in and control the internet. How can we stop them, we let them get by with everything else? It is time to be heard!

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Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

Great Hub Polly and one which is an eye opener of what is to come. I fear for the children as they are the most vulnerable. They are the future for us all and when they can no longer be cared for it is so sad.

Rated up across the board...

Hugs and Blessings

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Pollyannalana 4 years ago from US Author

Thank you so much Rolly. The shame is because the children aren't in peoples back door to be seen, many do not believe it and laugh it off as propaganda. I truly wish there was something major I could do to know for sure these people get what little that is given at least.

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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

Pollyannalana, wow, this is one hub that needed to be written. Thank you for writing it so thoroughly. My favorite scriputre in which I try to stick with when choosing ministries in which to serve is Matthew 25:31-46. Your work here is appreciated very much. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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Pollyannalana 4 years ago from US Author

Thank you so much Faith Reaper, that says it all doesn't it? Thank you for adding that. That to give to the needy and hungry on earth is the same to Jesus as if we gave it to Him!

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heavenbound5511 4 years ago from Under the shadow of the Almighty God!

So true, the price increases and hunger pains are reaching peoples homes and affecting more and more people.Everything is based around the love of money. They will be using the hunger problem to start controlling the people in the future-it will be do as the government says or we won't feed you, or anything else. The government has even had farmers stop farming in some area, killed whole chicken coops by spraying them with chemicals, dumped are grains in the ocean-just so they could hike the prices up.Hybrid and Genetically Engineered Foods- so we can't get any seeds,and it is effecting the birds,bees and the health risks to us humans are unknown-but sickness are rising and many point to the the Genetically Engineered Foods.Perry Stone has exposed this well (lots of details) and once I find it on youtube I will come back and give you a link,but I have it on cd.

If you'd like to I have posted some dreams and visions from church and famine,destruction,marshall law and etc are coming and God has told us to get ready. Many worldwide are posting similar visions too.

God bless you and I pray for the call God has on your life to come forth and be made clear to you,that you completely finish whatever God is preparing you for in Jesus name. From what's been told to me, God said that I don't even know what he's called me for-that I only know just a little-Just the peak of a mountain was shown as the example. So this is a prayer needed for the whole Body of Christ too- so when God releases us fully that we walk in the fullness of his power,gifts to reach the lost.

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Pollyannalana 4 years ago from US Author

heavenbound5511, thanks you, I imagine it could very well be a way of control and I certainly know many that are being used by satan and our own country's betrayal of citizens to line their own pockets. I agree the end is not far off. I would be happy to see your video or videos although I don't think we are allowed to have them in comments, you can put it here and I will copy and delete or email and if it seems appropriate I could put it in the hub. Thank you.

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heavenbound5511 4 years ago from Under the shadow of the Almighty God!

Thanks, I'm still trying to find it on line. Perry Stone has tons of videos, not sure which one has the info I heard on this cd set I have at home. But I want to find it.Hopefully I'll figure something out. :)

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Pollyannalana 4 years ago from US Author

Great, thanks, have had a busy day but if I get time later I will look him up.

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TIMETRAVELER2 4 years ago

This problem has always been around, but it is much worse now. Wouldn't it be nice if the politicians took the millions they spend to get re elected and instead buy food for the poor with it? Very sad state of affairs, that's for sure.

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Pollyannalana 4 years ago from US Author

Yes it certainly would be nice. Who knows before long how many of us will be among them. It would be real justice if it were the ones who deny they exist. Wouldn't it?

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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

TimeTraVELER2 they spent billions of dollars on getting election, how much did they spend on food for hungry children? Not that much. That is very sad. But, forcing us to depend upon them is getting worse also. Both are horrible.

Very good hub Pollyannalana

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Pollyannalana 4 years ago from US Author

Thanks Michele. I fear it will get much worse. Wish I could do more. Would if I could.

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Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

Hunger is a pitiful problem the world over. There is more than enough food on the planet to feed its inhabitants, but it is not equally distributed. Food should be considered a human right and having enough food to eat should be part of the Bill of Rights.

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Pollyannalana 3 years ago from US Author

It certainly should and since it is the tax payers money I think we should decide to discontinue waste in government spending and feed all of our poor. Thanks for reading, Writer Fox!

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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

I have written about this often. This is a national shame on our country and inexcusable. Keep spreading awareness; as long as people are at least talking about it then there is a chance something will be done.

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Pollyannalana 3 years ago from US Author

Yes there is absolutely no sense in it. Our leaders know how to prevent it if they cared and since they run the show and not the people all we can do it peanuts really. But at least we try. Thanks for coming by, billybuc.

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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

Utah Community Action does a great job with lots of local help from churches, Boy Scouts, and business supporters, Recipients must have a demonstrable need but the threshold is reasonable. Our local schools had their kitchens open all during summer vacation here so as to insure that needy children had a good meal every day. That's in addition to resources from Utah Community Action. The LDS Church's Welfare Program assists not just here in Utah but across the world wherever there are demonstrable needs, in fact two missionaries from my hometown were opening the first relief supplies to arrive after Katrina and found that they had been supplied from the Welfare Cannery and Welfare Farm located here! People and local institutions can solve the hunger problems, if we have the will to do so and work together to do it.

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Pollyannalana 2 years ago from US Author

Perspycacious; I know we can too if our government doesn't fine us and stop us and stand between us whatever we try to do. You are lucky and have a strong local government; I hope and pray it stays that way. I know every household could feed at least one person one meal a day; that would keep them alive and not in pain from hunger.

God bless you.

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poetryman6969 24 months ago

Given that child protection agencies exist in every state I am always puzzled by the notion that any adult knows or suspects that he knows of a hungry child and does nothing. We throw away a lot of food in this country and a lot of food is given away. It should not be that difficult to tie the wasted or given away food to hungry kids.

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Pollyannalana 24 months ago from US Author

No it shouldn't be but it is and really it is hard to even organize anything for them. Yes we can have food pantries for families; etc, but for some reason the government wants to control what we give to the homeless and hungry and charge us to make it more difficult as if they have a big concern while they only want to take them to the country and dump them so they cannot be in cities near people who may give them a morsel. They are an embarrassment to our government as well they should be while we are feeding millions of citizens from other countries.

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Perspycacious 24 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

Hunger in America is growing and not coincidentally so are Americans. Making poor food choices, and overeating, is making too many Americans overweight and obese.

Here's the point: what we waste on junk foods, expensive gourmet foods, etc., could feed the hungry. What we spend on pet foods alone, could feed the hungry; and, yes what we spend to feed and nourish the hungry in other countries, could also feed our hungry. We waste enough creating the richest sewers in the world, that there is no excuse for anyone in America not to receive three square meals a day!

Waste not, want not!

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Pollyannalana 24 months ago from US Author

No there really is no reason for it and we should demand our government do something. Look at the millions we spend taking care of national parks; how much could it cost for some shelters and food? If they just stopped throwing money at ridiculous projects that would do it!

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peachpurple 18 months ago from Home Sweet Home

not only in america, hunger is growing every part in the world , even our country too

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Pollyannalana 17 months ago from US Author

Yes it has always been a problem in other countries but there is no excuse for it being i the US; especially since we feed other countries. Why not our own?

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