Time to address child hunger

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Rome, NY

#1 Aug 6, 2014
1 out of 6 children in our country don't have enough to eat.

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#3 Aug 7, 2014
That is the responsibility of their parents.

There. It has been addressed.

Utica, NY

#6 Aug 11, 2014
justice wrote:
1 out of 6 children in our country don't have enough to eat.
"Statistics that become part of our folklore should raise suspicion. When we dig into them, they are usually wrong. I cite as examples Bill Clinton’s “100,000 new cops on the street” or the “miserly pay of teachers.”

The one-in-five childhood hunger figure should raise red flags for three reasons.

First, studies of poor households show that almost half own their own homes, three quarters own a car, and almost all have a color television. The American poor seem to have money for things other than food for their children, if the one-in-five statistic is to be believed.

Second, advocacy groups (with Michelle Obama as a leading spokesperson) now appear to have decided that the problem is childhood obesity, not hunger. The children, especially of the poor, are not going to bed hungry. They are eating too much of the wrong foods.

Third, if the one-in-five statistic is correct, the public food stamps and school free lunch programs must be colossal failures. Despite their wide reach into poor communities, they apparently leave more than thirty percent of school children “struggling with hunger.”

Where does the one-in-five figure come from and what does it really measure?

It turns out that the official arbiter of family nutrition is the U. S. Department of Agriculture. Its annual survey classifies families as “food secure”,“food insecure”, and “very low food secure.” It publishes no direct measure of “hunger,” only of what it calls “food security.” The details of the survey are found in the statistical appendix to the annual survey – a document that few read."

Read the rest of this article that debunks the children's hunger myth here:

I wonder how many of the uninformed/misinformed celebrities doing commercials that repeat these un-truths know that they are being used as dupes and in reality making fools of themselves just like the person who posted this.

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