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America needs to focus on internal matters - 1 in 5 children are 'food insecure'

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Hungry Children in America

Conversable Economics
By Timothy Taylor
24 September 2014


One child in five in the United States lives in a "food insecure" household. Craig Gundersen and James P. Ziliak lay out the evidence in "Childhood Food Insecurity in the U.S.: Trends, Causes, and Policy Options," a Fall 2014 Research Report written for The Future of Children. ...

Unsurprisingly, families that are poor are more likely to experience food insecurity. But perhaps more surprisingly, the connection from poverty to food insecurity is by no means ironclad. After all, the U.S. spends over $100 billion on food-related programs for the poor, including food stamps, school lunches and breakfasts and others. As the authors write:

Clearly, the risk for child food insecurity drops quickly with income. But even at incomes two and three times the poverty level, food insecurity is quite high. Moreover, almost 60 percent of children in households close to the poverty line are in foodsecure households. This suggests that income is only part of the story and that other factors also contribute to children’s food security.

As the authors dig into the data on children living in food-insecure households, the theme that keeps emerging is the quality of parenting the children receive. ...

The takeaway lesson, at least for me, is that food stamps and school lunches do help to reduce food insecurity, as do programs that provide income support to those with low incomes. But when the adults in a household are having trouble managing their own lives, children end up suffering. The answers here are straightforward to name, if not always easy to do, like finding ways to get food to children directly (perhaps by expanding school food programs to the summers and weekends) and to help parents in low-income households learn how to stretch their limited resources. As I have argued before on this website, for many children, the parenting gap they experience may be limiting their development even from a very young age.



  1. Now this dam well resonates with me, and is WHY we need to fix our world. but NOT just in the US. Me, Me, Me again.
    The whole world is losing out and the old people too.
    When the time comes we will look for willing help and opportunities will come for many. Then we can start- doing.

    1. I concur.

      Intelligent management of our resources would feed everyone, with many years of reserves to boot.

      This is but one of the reasons I support the NAWAPA project. One benefit would be huge increases in agricultural output, so much that it would exceed our current mid-west output by three times alone. The increase in our power generation alone would be as if we added 75 Hoover Dams.

      We know the PPs are coming. That is going to be one wonderful accomplishment, and the benefits to follow are more valuable than anything - a culture advancing to where it should be.

      Long live all those who are working for this effort!

  2. Something needs to be done about this globally, they either starve these poor children over have them on government food programs where the good is loaded with GMO's and poisons. I can't believe children can grated this way.

  3. Obama Is The Barrier To The Nation's Responsibility To The World: Impeach Him
    This paradigm has started to change mankind's prospects during 2014. What is the United States doing? And how are we tolerating the feckless but destructive warrior, and British imperial puppet, Obama as President?

    President Obama signs $8.7 billion food stamp cut into law

    On Friday, President Obama added his signature to legislation that will cut $8.7 billion in food stamp benefits over the next 10 years, causing 850,000 households to lose an average of $90 per month. The signing of the legislation known as the 2014 Farm Bill occurred at a public event in East Lansing, Mich.

    And we view the last 100 years as progress...down the rabbit hole we go; where everything is an illusion. UsA was a, in every major city one can see starving children and this isn't a third world country...we have to look, open our eyes and reconsider.

    With the vast resources in this world, there should not be any poverty, no starving children, or homeless...all of this is manufactured, and not one day did any of these folks who are stealing the resources and wealth of the world lay down one foot to earn any of this money. But they feel that they are justified in taking from the mouths of our children.

    This whole system must change, and the truth must be disclosed...

    We are ready to roll our sleeves up and make the change necessary to begin the healing process and to take the necessary steps to take care of those who cannot take care of themselves...our children, our seniors, our communities, our world...One World of Nations...

  4. FEDUP..US could have solved problem of starving children in our country a long time ago. Food stamps should have never been to get cash for drugs, strip joints, alcohol, etc...even gambling. It should be limited to good food, not junk. There should be a finite list of things that can be purchased with food stamps. We could also stop advertising in Mexico how to sign up for food stamps. Beach bums, etc should not qualify. Meal programs at schools should be expanded to include breakfast as well for those who qualify for free lunch.

  5. Texian, one of the problems with the School lunch program is an additional program that sends kids home with food on Friday. It is all junk food in those back packs. That may be changed now, but have seen it when my kids were in school and we were barely scraping by. We had a garden, meat, milk and eggs so it wasn't as bad as many have seen or know now.

    Localizing food systems is a must for all involved in communities around the world. By communities and farmers working together to provide for all living in the community, no matter age or economic situation, this can be accomplished. Those with little resources can pitch in help with the food growing as their part in sharing or if unable to help due to illness or disability, community members can share. It becomes something everybody becomes involved in and a community working to provide for it's own needs on not just food levels, but much more.

    This is already happening in various places around the globe and here in the US. From coast to coast you hear about different communities that have created farmer's markets, roof top community gardens, community gardens, rent a row in low income areas, educational programs utilizing local resources for aquaponics to orno type ovens made for baking bread, even mesquite bean harvesting and grinding for flour. The list is huge and growing, people just need to see what is in their community and if there isn't anything, start something. Get involved!


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