November 17th, 2009
03:49 PM ET

1 in 6 Americans goes hungry as Thanksgiving nears?

Nearly 50 million Americans or 1 in 6 struggled to get enough to eat last year.

Nearly 50 million Americans or 1 in 6 struggled to get enough to eat last year.

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty

When you're sitting around your Thanksgiving table next week, here's something to think about:

Nearly 50 million Americans or 1 in 6 struggled to get enough to eat last year. That includes almost 1 in 4 children.

The Agriculture Department is out with a shocking report showing the highest number of hungry Americans since the government started tracking this in 1995.

It shows food shortages are especially bad among women raising children alone - with more than 1 in 3 single mothers saying they struggled for food. And, African-Americans and Latinos were more than twice as likely as whites to say that food was scarce in their home.

Experts say these numbers are even worse than what they expected... The president of a group called "Feeding America" says "This is unthinkable. It's like we are living in a Third World country".

President Obama calls the report "unsettling"... and says more needs to be done. He points to steps his administration has taken... like additional spending on food stamps, food banks and school lunch programs.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says it's a "wake-up call" to get very serious about food security, hunger, and nutrition. Vilsack says the main cause is the rise in unemployment, now above 10% and acknowledges the number of Americans going hungry could be even worse this year.

With Thanksgiving coming up, what does it say when 1 in 6 Americans goes hungry?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

George in Austerlitz, New York“Experts say these numbers are even worse than what they expected..." Really? Experts cannot see that the economy for the working poor has been growing worse for decades? Experts cannot see that the "middle class" has been shrinking for decades?

Experts can't see that homelessness, including for children, is at or near epidemic proportions, and that the few of us who can still help have less resources to go further? What are they experts in??? I'm just askin'.

Mark in Anna, Illinois
It is very sad to hear this; we are in bad times now. In this country, we’ve always seen charities giving to other countries in need, which is not a bad thing. But what they should really be doing is taking care of Americans first. When all of our people have been taken care of, then they can try and take care of others. We need to take care of our people first.

Ralph in Chicago
We have food stamps that should be used for food, not sold for drugs or alcohol. We have children having children. We have fathers who have no idea what it takes to raise a child because they are in jail. Government can only do so much.

Terry in Illinois
America has lost its guiding light. America is spending "trillions" in Iraq and Afghanistan trying to protect oil for oil companies and to rebuild those countries, yet Congress in America continues to argue about extending unemployment and other programs to help Americans who are out of work and the poor without food, shelter, etc. Greedy American capitalism has ignored the less fortunate.

It says we all need to step up to the plate, and not wait for the government to solve this problem. If you live in a big city, donate to the food pantries. If you live in a small town, you know who needs help. Help them out. In this situation, ordinary people can do more to solve the problem than any administration can.

Filed under: Thanksgiving
soundoff (179 Responses)
  1. jon hart

    The American turkey population is going to increase.

    November 17, 2009 at 5:44 pm |
  2. Kevin, Chester Springs PA

    It says the rich get richer at Goldmine Sachs and the poor go hungrier by the day. And apparently not too many people give a damn!

    November 17, 2009 at 5:44 pm |
  3. Jack

    Instead of printing food stamps, President, work on creating jobs so people can earn thier way out of poverty. Stop sending jobs overseas and stop mounting national debt, this is what makes us poorer as a nation.

    November 17, 2009 at 5:45 pm |
  4. Arlene, Illinois

    Just saw on CNN last night that 45,000,000 turkeys will be
    cooked this Thanksgiving, so lets hope those 1 in 6 will have a
    good meal.

    November 17, 2009 at 5:45 pm |
  5. Ricardo - Cypress, TX

    It says straight forward how incompetent we are when it comes to vote for our politicians, and how mess up are our priorities. We are more concerned about fixing other countries, legalizing drugs and gay-marriages, etc,etc, than taking care of our people as a whole. Sad, Jack. Really sad.

    November 17, 2009 at 5:45 pm |
  6. Deb I , Nauvoo, IL

    We spend billions on insurance executives, while forcing people with chronic illness to choose between medicines or food. Let's thank the Republican congress clowns for their actions in making certain that the big insurance company executives will continue to collect the money that could save the lives of Americans. Neither Republicans or CEOs will go hungry this Thanksgiving.

    November 17, 2009 at 5:45 pm |
  7. Jerry

    Oh its going to get worse too, as we exchange positions with China, we are turning into what China was when we were growing up, and China is turning into a super power. This is all thanks to our Politicians. Jerry/ Iowa

    November 17, 2009 at 5:46 pm |
  8. kylej

    it says that the last 8 years have been an utter failure in more ways than we initally knew. Think of all the billions that were spent to prosecute wars that were wrong in the first place and for huge bank bailouts. its laughable if it weren't so sad. America is a 3rd world country by almost any measure (except the measure of who is super richest of the richest). we are lagging in education, healthcare, food/nutrition, energy and science. basically if we had nothing but republican majorities and presidents this would be a 3rd world country. (we are also one of the few 'superpowers' to still discriminate against gay people also).

    food and nutrition is just the latest in a laundry list of fail that goes beyond even just repubs trying to run this country into the ground.

    November 17, 2009 at 5:47 pm |
  9. Lynn, Columbia, Mo.

    So much for the "land of plenty".

    November 17, 2009 at 5:49 pm |
  10. Gail, Plano,Texas

    You can bet your last dollar, Jack, that no one in Congress is in that statistic. Can you imagine if their salaries were drastically cut, how many cans of food we could collect? We could feed all the hungry children in the U.S. and have some left over. But while we are gorging ourselves on Thanksgiving, I guarantee you that no one will be thinking of the hungry.

    November 17, 2009 at 5:51 pm |
  11. Richard Green


    It says that the Republican and corporate Democrat plan for America is working just fine. The Wall Street recovery is just about complete. Bonuses are way up. Our global companies are enjoying a renaissance, and the military economy is booming. For the workers, pay is being cut, hours are being cut, insurance premiums are going up, interest rates for savings are way down, interest rates for credit cards and loans are way up. A few more hungry people, Jack, is the price we have had to pay to rescue the rich in America. Our work is just about done.

    Rich Green
    San Clemente, Cal

    November 17, 2009 at 5:51 pm |
  12. Semo Rantamaki

    Someone should pose this question to Liz Cheney, Bill Kristol and the other neocons who are still gung ho about spending money on foreign wars. After all, the Iraqis are trying to take away our freedoms.

    November 17, 2009 at 5:52 pm |
  13. Adam Simi Valley, CA

    It says we need to fix our economy. Fast. It's great that the President is spending money on food banks, food stamps etc, but what we need are jobs. It's the old saying about giving someone a fish vs. teaching someone to fish. I wish he would have sent a tenth of the time contemplating his economic policies as he has spent on Afghanistan. We need to go in an entirely different direction for the sake of our country. Create real jobs that create income and these people will be able to feed their families.

    November 17, 2009 at 5:53 pm |
  14. Jim in Alabama

    It's nothing short of a disgrace when you consider all the giant churches in this country who are constantly begging for more money for their so called outreach programs, missionary work (in other countries) and overhead. I.e. large buildings, schools, recreation, etc. over tending to the needs of our own people. They should be ashamed! If churches would help the poor rather than see who can have the biggest sanctuary and the largest attendance, things in America would get better fast for those who are hungry.

    November 17, 2009 at 5:53 pm |
  15. Dick Wilson

    Apparently the basic unwritten tenet of American capitalism is that each of us should have the chance to acquire as much money as possible, way more than any human could possibly ever need. It appears that socialism is based on an idea that our government has an obligation to try to see that Americans - especially children - have roofs over their heads, food on their tables, clothes on their backs and basic health care. A little socialism would help feed, clothe and shelter those who are without. But those with money (and health insurance) cry out against socialism. So to answer your question, what it says about Ameica is that there is too much of "I got mine, s***w them."

    November 17, 2009 at 5:58 pm |
  16. John in Lake Tahoe

    Jack, we need an all-out Civilian Conservation Corps-type clean energy jobs program putting the country to work building its future.

    November 17, 2009 at 5:59 pm |
  17. Beth (San Francisco)

    We're awfully selfish, aren't we? It's so sad when you consider how many leftovers there will be, how many people will get to eat endless plates of seconds and thirds, and how many people will complain about the turkey sandwiches they are still eating a week after the fact. It would be nice if donations to food pantries were up this year. Are they? I'd venture to guess the answer to that question is "no."

    November 17, 2009 at 6:02 pm |
  18. Queen Esther Massillon Ohio

    what is really bad about the whole things is that we send money to other countries to help from their starving people. We can not seem to help our own people. Why is that cause we are such a christian nation with values above all other countries out there. Jesus said this on his last day, "Whatever you neglected to do unto one of these least of these, you neglected to do unto Me." and yet as this christian nation heads into the holiday season we stand not what I can do for my neighbor but he is turing us into a socialist country.
    Happy Holidays Jack
    I hope you do not shop after the holidays and make it a red friday to tell the american business we not going to take it no more.

    November 17, 2009 at 6:02 pm |
  19. vern-anaheim,ca

    no one in america should have to go hungry not with all the food we produce and waste.feed the hungry people in the u.s. 1st and then give food to other countries.I t's a national disgrace for anyone here in the richest country in the world to go hungry

    November 17, 2009 at 6:03 pm |
  20. Andy in Vancouver, BC

    Jack – you forgot to mention that over 2 in 6 Americans are considered obese. Put that number in with the 1 in 6 that are going hungry and you have a pretty good illustration of what's wrong with the American economy.

    November 17, 2009 at 6:04 pm |
  21. Katja, Bradenton, Florida

    It says that this country isn't thinking right. Our politicians are hurting all of us with their endless bickering, they had the gaul to give themselves raises, yet millions are going hungry. We help out other countries, and do nothing for our own people. It is sad and very pathetic. Our government should be ashamed of itself.

    November 17, 2009 at 6:05 pm |
  22. bawana

    let's get our troops home and take care of our own before we try to save the world from all it's evil,,that's sad as much food as we have and people here go hungry,,should not be happening

    November 17, 2009 at 6:06 pm |
  23. george

    USE some of the TARP money that has NOT YET been disbursed...probably a better use of OUR money ( not the Government's ) than it has been utilized for so far! No body should go hungary...but who knows what the REAL number really are...could be just some administration's FUZZY MATH you know. We have seen a WHOLE LOT of it lately and not doubt will see a WHOLE LOT MORE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Although we all know there are some "able bodied" individuals who COULD work...but WHY when there is a GOVERNMENT HANDOUT waiting for most. Mercy Mercy Mercy

    November 17, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  24. Ed E.

    They need to get the 30% who are obese to share with them! We have so many haves and have nots in many issues in the US.

    November 17, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  25. Frank/Canadian

    Hi Jack
    The sad part of this report is that many of these people have extenuiating circumstances like mental illness.Could the people who care change those bought idiots in Washington.The US needs true representation of their elected officals and not the ones who got the most money from large Corporations.

    November 17, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  26. James Frey

    What happend to all those jobs NAFTA was supposed to bring us?

    November 17, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  27. g ontario

    keep buying made in china and the numbers will be 7 out of ten maybe trickle down isn,t working,the only manufacturing job,s in USA is war jobs

    November 17, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  28. Ingrid, brooklyn

    thank you capitalism, thank you deregulation, thank you george bush.

    November 17, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  29. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    "Experts say these numbers are even worse than what they expected..."
    REALLY??? Experts cannot see that the economy for the working poor has been growing worse for decades?
    Experts cannot see that the "middle class" has been shrinking for decades"
    Experts can't see that homelessness, including for children is at or near epidemic proportions, and that the few of us who can still help have less resources to go further?

    What are they experts in??? I'm just askin'

    November 17, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  30. Hassan

    It my have different meaning for the americans, but as a Canadian I see one of the third world countryies life style growing up at right next door to my country.
    It's a time totighten up the borders, and make sure the starvation stays where it is now. at least my be one of the so called"greed and patriotic" leaders of theirs will invite them in his backyard every thanks given.


    November 17, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  31. Allen in Hartwell GA

    It says that no matter how much we say that we are a Christian nation, and no matter that we say our government was founded on Christian principles, we constantly prove ourselves wrong. People go to bed hungry all the time, and as a nation we don't do anything about it. We say that we pray for them, but how many of us pray to be used as tools to do God's work?

    November 17, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  32. Nancy, Grand Ledge,MI

    It goes hand in hand with unemployment, Jack. That's why there were soup lines during the Great Depression. But I'm confused, weren't we talking about obesity just last week? I guess it really is feast or famine! It's a disgrace that the richest nation on earth can't do better by it's citizens! But you shouldn't be surprised! We rank below Costa Rica and just above Cuba when it comes to health care.

    November 17, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  33. bgaleles

    Of course it is. Every western civilized nation has it. However, if you so no, does this now mean that they should abolish Medicare, SChip, Medicaid? It's time for America to grow up. It is mind boggling that we cannot seem to understand that health care for all is the price you pay for living in a democratic society. This attitude of rugged individualism has to stop. My family does not require a government option, but we are more than willing to support it for those who do.

    November 17, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  34. Rob in NC

    We are supposed to be the richest country in the world?!? We see hundreds of commercials to feed every other country in the world but we don't feed our own people. I am concerned when the best our gov't can say is it is unsettling. There is no urgency for them because most of these people probably can't vote or pay taxes. Rob in NC

    November 17, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  35. Nick in Spfg MO

    You say "The reason for this shift is unknown...."

    Perhaps its the fear mongering and the millions of dollars spent per day to promote skepticism by those who profit under the current system.

    November 17, 2009 at 6:31 pm |
  36. KCLaw

    This is a sad commentary on just how dysfunctional our society has become. Why should there be people in America be going hungry when there are people who are making millions at the expense of the taxpayers.
    Aux barricades.
    KCLaw in KCMO

    November 17, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  37. Matthew from Orange,CA

    Jack, it says 1 in 6 Americans don't know how to prepare their meals!

    My family has fallen on dire straits the last couple years, and we have had to go on a government food program. We've had to give up steaks, sushi and other luxuries, only to be given basic staples like milk, rice, vegetables, eggs and breads.

    And you know what? We had to diversify. We went on the internet and found recipe after recipe to accommodate our needs. We don't eat like kings, but we eat enough to keep our bellies full and we are thankful for it.

    Want some Gazpacho, Jack?

    November 17, 2009 at 6:33 pm |
  38. lou

    It says we all need to step up to the plate, and not wait for the government to solve this problem. If you live in a big city, donate to the food pantries. If you live in a small town, you know who needs help. Help them out. In this situation, ordinary people can do more to solve the problem than any administration can.

    November 17, 2009 at 6:33 pm |
  39. Tom, Avon, Me, The Heart of Democracy

    It says we didn't learn much from the kindness and generosity of the Wabanaki Samoset, of Squanto, or any of the other Indians from our first Thanksgiving.

    November 17, 2009 at 6:35 pm |
  40. Jackie in Dallas

    It says that America has hit a rough spot in the road, due primarily to greed. There will always be the hungry, Jack – the sad part is to see how funding for helping them has been consistently cut, that programs that feed the poor and the homeless have gone begging as state and federal agencies' budgets have been cut, then cut again during the last Administration.

    You want to know where the most support for feeding the poor comes from, Jack? Those who are just barely above the level where they need assistance themselves. They know what it is like to see their kids cry because they are hungry, so they are more generous than the wealthy. The $20 I sent to the local food bank represents 10-15% of my food budget for a month. If the rich would even contribute just 1/2 of 1 percent of their income to support programs for the hungry, we could feed the country.

    How much have you given, Jack? Have you served food at a shelter lately? Have you seen the rising number of homeless due to job loss? Why not give thanks in a way that means something – give thanks for your kids who are healthy by supporting a clinic for those who are not so lucky? Why not give thanks for your continued sobriety by supporting programs that help the veterans who turn to alcohol and drugs to dull the pain of four tours of duty in Iraq?

    Or will you spend your Thanksgiving like too many Americans – overeating to excess, watching football games with your pals, and throwing out enough food to feed a family of four?

    November 17, 2009 at 6:39 pm |
  41. David Bebeau,Springfield Missouri

    Just think about AIG and the crooks that broke our nation's back..Porking down huge bonsus and choaking on 500 dollar wine.
    All with our money.While our do nothing congress can't wait for more
    money to waste on pork projects.And we have folks going hungry.........
    on this truly American Holiday...................
    Does that just rub'ya raw or what?? Don't know about you Jack but it breaks my heart as does children with no winter coat.

    November 17, 2009 at 6:41 pm |
  42. Anu

    It says that we Americans need to stop sinking all our money into those bottomless pits known as Irag and Afghanistan and start using it to feed our own, to ramp up our healthcare and to improve our education system.

    November 17, 2009 at 6:44 pm |
  43. Kim in Dodge City, KS

    It is shameful and embarassing to be the largest food producer in the world and at the same time have so many of our own people go without food. Maybe we need a 50% "junk food" tax to fund food banks and nutrition education. Even a 100% tax would be acceptable.

    November 17, 2009 at 6:46 pm |
  44. Allen Austin,Mn

    It says that americans no longer look out for their fellow man. What happened to the america where everyone pitched in and the job got done. Well it went out the door just like our money in the economic debacle to someone who really could afford to do it themselves.

    November 17, 2009 at 6:47 pm |
  45. Ellen

    It shows the failure of a free market system without regulations. The greedy business men and bankers have stolen our money, shipped our jobs oversees and turned our country into a third world country. I say let's have "Pay China Off" bonds, paying U.S. buyers the same interest we pay China. Pay China off, create our own products and our people will have jobs and can feed themselves.

    November 17, 2009 at 6:47 pm |
  46. Katiec Pekin, IL

    When you have the party of NOthing obstructing every policy for improvement, regardless of merits, it is hard to get anything
    accomplished. They held off the extension of unemployment
    benefits for weeks, sacrificing many by allowing theirs to run out.
    When you have a party who cares nothing about middle class,
    senior citizens, the less fortunate and disabled, sacrificing the
    American people for big business and win at any cost priorities.
    And, this from a party who is responsible for creating all these

    November 17, 2009 at 6:50 pm |
  47. Dino V.

    We are not the nation we used to be! Today we spend more money coming up with new ideas than actually attacking the problems in society. If the U.S. government can invest almost a trillion dollars into the economy, it shouldn't be that 1 in 6 Americans goes hungry, especially on Thanksgiving day.

    November 17, 2009 at 6:52 pm |
  48. Joy Bumgarner

    What we need to alleviate hunger in America is jobs. We need real and productive jobs, not beauracratic government jobs. But even those will do in a pinch. But for long term solutions, we need JOBS!

    November 17, 2009 at 6:59 pm |
  49. john, saskatchewan

    It means that the self-professed greatest country in the world has delusions of grandeur. WWWooooo. Go figure.

    In Canada, 1 in 10 go hungry. What that means is...Canada also has similar delusions...if these are two of the supposedly greatest countries in the world, what the hell does that say about the state of the world?

    We promote starvation. We send the best of our young blood to be murdered in senseless wars. We pollute our land, seas and air. We reward corruption and greed. We're not really civilized are we?

    Happy Thanksgiving Jack.

    November 17, 2009 at 7:00 pm |
  50. Ellen

    So much for capitalism and Christianity.

    November 17, 2009 at 7:00 pm |
  51. Nora

    It says we should do away with money altogether, Jack.

    November 17, 2009 at 7:04 pm |
  52. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    How many hundreds of billions of dollars are spent on gambling, cigarettes, alcohol, and pornography?

    Yet as Americans we leave tens of millions without health care and without proper food.

    This is America's problem, we are Americans, this is yours and my problem. When will we ever come together where the higher level of consciousness lay in you and I becoming as one?

    November 17, 2009 at 7:04 pm |
  53. Terry from Illinois

    America has lost its guiding light. America is spending "trillions" in Iraq and Afghanistan trying to protect oil for oil companies and to rebuild those countries, yet Congress in America continues to argue about extending unemployment and other programs to help Americans who are out of work and the poor without food, shelter, etc.
    Greedy American capitalism has ignored the less fortunate and has only helped companies by deregulating entire industries such as airlines, phone companies, electric companies, trucking industry, who now "oursource" and send jobs and tax revenue out of America and helped the rich with huge tax breaks, now working Americans have less and less. So the 1 in 6 does not surprise me.

    November 17, 2009 at 7:07 pm |
  54. Jasmine in Germany

    Doesn't surprise me. It supports the statistics that the US has the highest poverty level per capita amongst First World countries. Why? An inadequate health care system, a weak in many areas public education system, and a very high crime rate (especially violent crimes associated with weapons). Our current President has been taking steps to catch up on things long neglected. Things will start to improve once politicians and lobbyists put the long term health and welfare of the USA above their personal desires.

    November 17, 2009 at 7:07 pm |
  55. fuggy

    "like additional spending on food stamps, food banks and school lunch programs."

    It is so odd that we voted for "change" and we get a carbon copy of past policies. We are still spending billions on Iraq, Afghanistan, billions for Israel, a billion to fight AIDS in Africa but we Americans go hungry.

    Is Obama a puppet of the military-industrial-Wallstreet complex?

    One CANTELOUPE costs $3 world. The minimum wage is $7.
    4 apples costs $2. Kids eat a lot.

    November 17, 2009 at 7:08 pm |
  56. Lee from California

    It says we have a real problem in this country along with a lack of concern for our fellow people. Why can't we plant vegetable/country gardens at each school? It looks like this skill will be very important in the future. My family went through the Great depression and the only way they could feed themselves,their "city" relatives and anyone who needed help(there were many) was growing and canning the food grown on the farm in Texas and sharing. It saved all their lives.

    November 17, 2009 at 7:09 pm |
  57. Antonio from Washington D.C.

    U.S.A. often leaves out people who need to eat!

    November 17, 2009 at 7:09 pm |
  58. hmmm....

    Our candifdate of hope has become a person presiding over fear and he seems comfortable with that. This country used to rise to such occaisions but it is unable to rise and now our countrymen and women are starving. Not a proud moment...'UNSETTLING'...where did the leaders go?

    November 17, 2009 at 7:10 pm |
  59. Antonio from Washington D.C.

    We have money for wars but we can't feed the poor; that's called favoritism! This is a sad and unfortunate turn of events.

    November 17, 2009 at 7:12 pm |
  60. George Holman

    It says once and for all that trickle down economics does not work.

    November 17, 2009 at 7:12 pm |
  61. Tim


    It says our priorities are really messed up. I think the government spends too much time doling billions of dollars out to large corporations that are deemed too big to fail while leaving everyday Americans to scratch and claw just to put food on the table. I say this as unemployment hovers around 10% nationally and I see very little the current Administration is doing to solve the overall problem other than playing the blame game.

    Tim F.
    Danville, CA

    November 17, 2009 at 7:12 pm |
  62. Em

    Hey Jack, it means that Americans are greedy gluttons that are unwilling to help those less fortunate than themselves. I am so thankful to be in the "5" that have enough to eat; isn't that what this holiday is about, counting one's blessings? I am sure that some of the other in the "5" group have more than enough to feed those in the "1" group, but refuse not to because they do not want those "welfare queens" getting a piece of their "hard-earned" pie. That is just plain wrong. The fact that there is anyone in this country, the supposed best and richest in the world, is unacceptable. We should be doing all that we can to make the quality of life better for all Americans, not just those lucky few at the top.

    Emily in Baltimore

    November 17, 2009 at 7:12 pm |
  63. Matthew in Texas

    It says that the Govt needs to continue to step up and not just help these people get food for their families, but find ways to get them into situations where this won't happen again. The most effective way to end welfare based programs is to get employment to the people who are on it. Cancelling programs that are humanitarian based in an effort to lower the taxes on the rich is a Noblesse Oblige attitude that is just as damning as the want to allow the Govt to carry some people in perpetuity. Get these people the help they need, then get them working.

    November 17, 2009 at 7:12 pm |
  64. Diane Watts

    Why don't we stop paying farmers NOT to produce? Instead why can't we (the government) buy wheat,corn etc. from American farmers and use it for food banks, shelters etc?

    I hope I hear from you. Thanks.

    November 17, 2009 at 7:13 pm |
  65. Ralph Spyer chicago Il

    We have food stamps that should be used for food, not sold for drugs or alcohol .We have children having children, We have fathers who have no idea what it takes to raise a child because they are in jail. Government can only do so much ;God help those that help them self . Are their 1 in 6 that go hungry in China or Japan ? They should thank God they live in this great country

    November 17, 2009 at 7:13 pm |
  66. Andrew, Amherst NY

    If the US gov't didn't inflate the cost of food or divert crops like Corn and Sugar to useless things like E85, food would be cheaper and more readily available to all!

    November 17, 2009 at 7:14 pm |
  67. Blade

    Middle class people go hungry, I see people in here in South Texas from Mexico that live here and all of them automatically get food stamps and people who work don't qualify. What about the people who already live here

    November 17, 2009 at 7:14 pm |
  68. Em

    Hey Jack, it means that Americans are greedy gluttons that are unwilling to help those less fortunate than themselves. I am so thankful to be in the "5" that have enough to eat; isn't that what this holiday is about, counting one's blessings? I am sure that some of the other in the "5" group have more than enough to feed those in the "1" group, but refuse not to because they do not want those "welfare queens" getting a piece of their "hard-earned" pie. That is just plain wrong. The fact that there is anyone going hungry in this country, the supposed best and richest in the world, is unacceptable. We should be doing all that we can to make the quality of life better for all Americans, not just those lucky few at the top.

    Emily in Baltimore

    November 17, 2009 at 7:14 pm |
  69. Emery

    With Thanksgiving nearly a week away, news of 1 in 6 people in the United States going hungry is nothing short of despicable. Regardless of the fact that we are slowly recovering from a crippling recession, and joblessness is nowhere near cut off at the knees, there is simply no excuse for Americans, most likely a next-door neighbor, to be going hungry, economic situations aside.

    November 17, 2009 at 7:14 pm |
  70. Sly, from Michigan

    It says that the Rich got Richer and the Poor don't matter. Blame it all of the Bush Administration with all his Tax Cuts to the Rich.

    November 17, 2009 at 7:14 pm |
  71. Tobias

    I think America is in real trouble; 12 trillion dollar debt; now hungry people; no jobs; terrorists. What went so wrong?

    November 17, 2009 at 7:14 pm |
  72. xiomara

    No money to eat , no food to feed the people in USA?? but we have money so keep sneding shuttles into the space??

    November 17, 2009 at 7:14 pm |
  73. steve, Texas

    it says that the unemployment is much higher then 10.2% and the stimulus did not work.

    Maybe since the Olympic venue has been announced the President will get busy working on the rest of the countries problems.

    November 17, 2009 at 7:15 pm |
  74. Virginia

    It means that we need to stop spending so much money on wars and start spending it on our neighbors that need help right here in our own boarders. Earlier you talked about the 12,000,000,000.00 dollar debt that America hold's, but I wonder how much of that went towards helping the hungry and homless.

    November 17, 2009 at 7:15 pm |
  75. DA Bush

    It mean our leaders are more interested in what is going on in countries like Iran & Afganistan than taking care of our own people.

    November 17, 2009 at 7:15 pm |
  76. Joel Hernandez

    I'm far from rich. Live on the poorer side of town and don't know of anyone that is starving. Haven't these people heard of WIC and food stamps? Oh... I guess this explains why 75% of Americans are over weight! Give me a break!

    November 17, 2009 at 7:15 pm |
  77. Antonio from Washington D.C.

    We'll feed a Donald Trump but won't feed a homeless family living on the streets.

    November 17, 2009 at 7:15 pm |
  78. Joe Ft Walton Bch Fl

    Jack; What it say, is that 1 in 6 Americans doesn't know where to go to get free food in America.

    November 17, 2009 at 7:15 pm |
  79. Susan

    A more meaningful discussion would be the disconnect between 1 in 6 hungry and obesity rates skyrocketing!?

    What does "saying food was scarce" even mean...food is scarce at my house, because we are very cautious about not snacking, only eating healthy, fresh food–which translates to complaining teenagers who want fattening, easy to grab junk food.

    November 17, 2009 at 7:15 pm |
  80. Jane Favor - Seattle (via Texas)

    What it says is that instead of bailing out crooks on wall street, we should be using that money to create jobs and feed our own people. We need to vote the bums out of office – ALL OF THEM, limit their time in office to 8 years in a lifetime (just like the President), give up political correctness and start doing the RIGHT THING – for a change.

    November 17, 2009 at 7:15 pm |
  81. Jane Hernandez

    What it says is that those of us who can, should provide the makings of a nutritious Thanksgiving meal to a family who is going hungry. Then, repeat it at Christmas along with pairs of warm socks for each family member. As well, we should provide food supplies to these families all year long. I did this a few years ago for my son and his wife. I also included recipies for the ingredients I had purchased. Don't forget to include all spices and seasonings necessary for a delicious meal!

    November 17, 2009 at 7:15 pm |
  82. bill, athens, ga

    it says that the "united states of america" are actually "the divided states of america", between the "haves", and the "have nots". the "haves" want more , more, more...and the rest be damned.

    November 17, 2009 at 7:15 pm |
  83. Dave

    It merely illustrates the values we have in our leadership. We give billions of dollars to unethical borderline corporations because they are "to big to fail". Yet poor children go hungry while the CEO's of these corporations complain they can't pay themselves excessively with taxpayer's money.

    And this is happening with the blessings of a Democratic administration.

    FDR must be turning over in his grave.

    November 17, 2009 at 7:16 pm |
  84. John in Lake Tahoe

    In 1964 Lyndon Johnson launched a War on Poverty. Forty-five years later we are fighting a War in Iraq, a War in Afghanistan, a War on Drugs – all of these resulting in a War on Those in Poverty. We need a War on Militarism, and a major change in priorities from guns to butter.

    November 17, 2009 at 7:16 pm |
  85. Josh Harbour

    "MINE!" is the new American dream. No one is willing to give even 1% more on their taxes to provide healthcare and food for our citizens. We call ourselves a "Christian" nation, yet we ignore the main teachings of the religion. Give us your poor and hungry, and we will tell them to get a job (but not provide any means to do it).

    Before you say "Proud to be American" ask yourself why.

    Josh in Dallas, TX

    November 17, 2009 at 7:16 pm |
  86. John

    WIth four of the same six being probably overweight the problem certainly isn't a shortage of food. We just have to figure out how to get the excess food the overweight people have to the ones going hungry.

    November 17, 2009 at 7:16 pm |
  87. Dennis

    Sorry Jack,
    But I don't believe it. I would like to see what the survey asked. Most Americans don't know what hungy is... is it that you couldn't supersize your number 3 double cheeseburge and fries... I am sure there are a some families and children who are missing some meals and going hungry... just don't believe we have this number of people really experiencing hunger. If we did.. the next story on CNN wouldn't be about obesity in America.

    November 17, 2009 at 7:16 pm |
  88. Kneegah Radshim

    It says that America still has much work to do in terms of fulfilling its promise. I am just glad that Emma Lazarus didn't include "hungry" when he wrote the New Colossus.

    November 17, 2009 at 7:16 pm |
  89. Curt99

    Round up all the Bankster CEO's bonuses, put it in a fund and they could all eat well for 10 years possibly 50.

    November 17, 2009 at 7:16 pm |
  90. Charles Tran

    I want to be a Conservative Republican when I grow up.

    November 17, 2009 at 7:16 pm |
  91. Ruben GONZALEZ

    Like the whacko phoney evangelical ultra-right apitalists might say, " Hey ! It's not my job to feed my brother. The government's supposed to give you an opportunity...and it's up to you to improve your lot and go feed yourself and your family." Sounds Scrooge-like – hey! It's the holiday season – the same people that say, "Happy Thanksgiving!, " and complain when some leave the word "Christ..out of Christmas"

    November 17, 2009 at 7:16 pm |
  92. Drew

    Jack- this report seems to be a little bit of a farce. Can't anyone else see this report capitalizing on people's fear to continue supporting government subsidies of crops, benefiting Tyson, cargill, and monsanto–each with a former associate working for this government? Smells fishy to me that these companies boast huge profits and people are starving.

    November 17, 2009 at 7:16 pm |
  93. Michael McAffee

    The answer is very simple. REVERSE ROBINHOOD !!! that started with tax reductions on the very wealthiest of us all. The past nine years have been devastating and there is no relief in sight, hence no food in sight. Why are we having this conversation in the richest country in the world?

    November 17, 2009 at 7:16 pm |
  94. Richard

    It says to me that its time to stop feeding foreign countries with our tax money. Private charities contributed to by citizens with an interest insupporting those causes with their own funds should be the only aid leaving this country.

    November 17, 2009 at 7:16 pm |
  95. Kooky in CA

    It says we are becoming just another third world country where the few rich are wealthy and the many poor starve to death with nothing in between. The middle class is rapidly being split into those with enough to get by and those that have nothing. Our politicians, the ruling class, of course are among the wealthy thanks to lobbyists. It’s really sick isn’t it?

    November 17, 2009 at 7:17 pm |
  96. Kevin Lynch

    This is no more disgraceful than is the fact that about one in four Americans live without health insurance.

    November 17, 2009 at 7:17 pm |
  97. Karen Meyer

    Hungry? and so many obese people trying every diet.
    THere is something really wrong in our country.
    Goldman Sachs is trying to decide how to divie
    up $20 billion in profits from this year alone to their top
    partners and miscellaneous employees. Where is the
    justice, where is the "equality for all"????? Yes, raise taxes
    on the very rich and cut waste and create JOBS, JOBS, JOBS
    for one and all. Get out of Iraq and Afghanistan, Germany,
    Korea , etc. Let's grow out own country, build roads, bridges,
    factories, drill for oil, change to electric cars, come on, let's do it, time is wasting.

    November 17, 2009 at 7:17 pm |
  98. dawn

    With over half the population being "obese", and record numbers of children being obese, I'd say doing without a meal or two wouldn't hurt.

    November 17, 2009 at 7:17 pm |
  99. Richard H. Ressmeyer


    Warren Buffet the other night flatly said that the most wealthy do not pay enough taxes and that the disparity between the haves and haves not is a danger to American democracy.

    When so many people are not secure in having food, even for children, this is dangerous now and dangerous to our future.

    Charleston, WV

    November 17, 2009 at 7:17 pm |
  100. dc

    Americans are going hungry and we are focused on healthcare?
    This country needs to come to grips with what it can afford and set expectations. Our kids will have even less as the economic balloon continues to deflate.

    November 17, 2009 at 7:18 pm |
  101. Harvey --Minneapolis

    It says that the people who say they are against re-distributing the wealth are quietly being very successful in re-distributing the wealth!

    November 17, 2009 at 7:18 pm |
  102. Hiroshi Tanimoto


    Yes, you know and all of us know why 1 in 6 Americans goes hungry.

    It is unfair distribution of nation' s wealth that we all Americans contributed to create. When top 2% takes 21% of national wealth, it is a natural that 1 in 6 Americans goes hungry. Let's not pretend we don't know why. Hioshi

    November 17, 2009 at 7:18 pm |
  103. Maureen Mather

    It says that although the United States was born in a revolt against tyranny, it is now incapable of revolting against the tyranny of the obscenely rich. A tiny minority of the population is allowed, even encouraged, to amass ridiculous fortunes while the U. S. has turned in a few decades into a country whose urban streets are scarred with the homeless, whose citizens cannot count on food, the jobs that provide it, and the health care every other civilized country in the world provides. It says that the majority now live in a despair that allows them to accept this. I am a U. S. citizen and a permanent resident of Canada.

    Quathiaski Cove, B. C.

    November 17, 2009 at 7:18 pm |
  104. jim

    The usda guy is a jerk, he needs to go hungry. Why is one person hungry? The fat cats get fatter and the little guys go hungry.

    November 17, 2009 at 7:18 pm |
  105. RON

    One thing IT says, Jack, is that tighter restrictions need to be placed on what is allowed to be purchashed with FOOD STAMPS. I'm sick of seeing people buy junk food, steak, shrimp and other high end items only to find at the check out there is not enough on the card to get everything in their cart. Then they set aside the juice and baby food. Personal responsibility Jack, personal responsibility.

    November 17, 2009 at 7:18 pm |
  106. Frank

    People are being forgotten in the private sector because the country's leadership is focused on matters that have little to do with job creation and other things that matter urgently. They don't feel the pain since they receive their incomes and benefits from the nation's taxpayers....from those with jobs, not the 15 million who wonder how they're going to feed their families on a day-to-day basis. Forget Thanksgiving.

    November 17, 2009 at 7:18 pm |
  107. Steve D

    How many of the people going hungry have a color tv, cell phone, video game, or other non edible luxury in their homes? How many of them smoke tobacco products, drink alcohol, or do illegal drugs? Sometimes going hungry is a bad choice or in the case of the children of these morons a dreadful choice!!!!!

    November 17, 2009 at 7:19 pm |
  108. mike

    1 in 6 Americans going hungry and single mothers struggling to feed their families? Did I just hear that correctly? All we here about is how obesity is such and epidemic and how we should eat less and exercise more! The last thing we need is more of our hard earned money going to more government handouts like food stamps. STOP STEALING MY MONEY!

    November 17, 2009 at 7:19 pm |
  109. Karl Pershing

    This is very easy to understand. Paul Wolfowitz has sent us to wars we do not understand. We are spending billions of dollars killing Muslims. Those 50 million Americans do not have the lobbying power of Israel. Even the people in other nations are saying the bombings are the job of Mossad. We have to wake up. Otherwise, we Americans deserve this.

    LA, Ca


    November 17, 2009 at 7:19 pm |
  110. Richard Taubar


    What is enough to eat and what does hungry mean?

    The irony of this report is that at the same time that we are reporting 10% are experiencing a shortage of food in the home, a majority of Americans are considered to be overweight or obese.

    Should we consider nutrition stamps in place of food stamps?



    November 17, 2009 at 7:19 pm |
  111. del from lynn haven, florida

    If one in six American kids are going hungry, then it's time to pull back on U.S. foreign aid, and give more aid to our own citizens. ("Charity begins at home.")

    November 17, 2009 at 7:19 pm |
  112. Frank

    50 Million hungry Americans? 30 Billion dollars of bonuses to the geniuses of Wall Street? ... bad capitalism!!

    November 17, 2009 at 7:19 pm |
  113. Norbert, TX

    1 in 6 are suffering from hunger ?
    In this country 88% have a cell phone... that is about 7 in 8
    Should we understand that there are at least 12 millions people that rather pay for a cell phone than eat ?

    November 17, 2009 at 7:19 pm |
  114. JLS

    I don't understand how Congress can bail out the greed on Wall Street but can't find a solution to feed hungry Americans. I think that the
    Republican party doesn't identify that Latino's and African-Americans are part of our great country.

    November 17, 2009 at 7:19 pm |
  115. Bill - Colorado Springs

    Jack, it is simple class warfare has been going on but the rich are very good at hiding it. In 1999 the top 2% of the population combined had the same level of wealth as the bottom 50%. Today the top 1% has the combined wealth of the bottom 95%. They have and we don't, it is that simple! Oh, but if we try to do anything to balance things out they say we are picking on them!

    The wealthy don't think we need health care, education, food, or anything else. After all we didn't earn it did we? I am sure on average the top 1% did as much if not more work than the bottom 95 right?

    In the past 8 years we have given tax cuts, tax benefits, and tax breaks to the wealthy. We bailed them out, and paid them well over $600 billion dollars to move jobs over seas. Why can't the bottom 95% give even more to the top 1% they earned it!

    November 17, 2009 at 7:19 pm |
  116. Kevin from Colorado Springs

    A lot of those people are there because of bad life style choices made. A lot of peole have no desire to work but feel the rest of us should take care of them. A lot of people keep pumping out babies with no way to take proper care of them.

    Don't get me wrong, I feel for the one's that are there for reasons beyond their control, but in many cases that is not the reason.

    November 17, 2009 at 7:19 pm |
  117. Ken

    the real problem is population. With parenting comes the responsibility of being able to providefor your offspring. Other animals on the planet, such as birds, have the common sense not to reproduce when their aren't enough resources for their young... and we call them bird brains.

    November 17, 2009 at 7:20 pm |
  118. Candy Geiler

    American Idol raised millions of dollars to send to Africa last year.
    Church members raise money to send missionaries to foreign countries to help feed, clothe and medicate poor people.
    Our government sends countless dollars to countless countries to do the same.
    I'm all for helping, but do we have to step over the homeless, hungry and poor right in our own neighborhoods on our way to the airport?

    November 17, 2009 at 7:20 pm |
  119. sharon

    You don't understand it? When the split in Americans' incomes mirrors that in traditional banana republics, you can expect an increasing number of hungry citizens. It's long past time for Wall Street folks to remember the concepts of compassion and charity– give ALL of their bonuses to food banks around the country.

    November 17, 2009 at 7:20 pm |
  120. Alex from Queens

    In a country as great as ours, there will always be pending issues. However, lately many of our decisions have been farsighted. We should attack issues like hunger which are clearly correctable rather than pay attention to a controversial healthcare bill that no government official is ready to run into to. For some, food is a necessity and free healthcare is a luxury. Start small and simple!

    November 17, 2009 at 7:20 pm |
  121. karen meredith irving texas

    How did they arrive at these statistics? What was the definition of hungry? Can they pinpoint where these hungry people are located? Good-hearted Americans would help a lot if they just knew how.

    November 17, 2009 at 7:20 pm |
  122. Doug

    food and water should be given to everyone on the planet. i,m no rocket sceintist but I would think it would be cheaper to give every person the basics in food and water for free than the costs incured by hunger. i,m not talking steak here, the basics so at least NOT ONE person goes hungry. the gains in humanity alone would be worth the cost.

    November 17, 2009 at 7:20 pm |
  123. J Falcone

    1 in 6 Americans goes hungry is a disturbing statistic. But the pessimist in me is skeptical. I wonder, how many of these people choose to pay their cell phone bill instead of going to the grocery store? Shame, shame on those 1 in 6 who have children. Lord have mercy.

    November 17, 2009 at 7:20 pm |
  124. Chuck Jennings

    Jack, the time has come for every citizen to make sure that our citizens are fed, I do and always have dedicated all of my giving to the Salvation Army, because for every dollar they recieve they use 83 cents to help our citizens, I would like to see some of the other charitable organizations get to a place that most of their contribution go to help our citizens. The food shelves of most of our places that help provide extra food stuffs for our citizens are running bare, we need to step up our efforts to fill these shelves. thank you for bringing this to light Jack. CJ

    November 17, 2009 at 7:20 pm |
  125. Rob in Alberta

    Jack, you likely wont mention this but I will try one more time to get a point of view on your question. What needs to happen is get over the notion the U.S. is rich--it is not. How could it be when every man, woman and child each owe $40,000 toward the debt. How could it be when the top 5% of the people have 95% of the wealth. How could it be when the country wont look after those who need health care. Just a thought from a Canadian who is a big CNN fan, especially you Jack, and congrats on your daughters wedding.

    November 17, 2009 at 7:20 pm |
  126. Brett from Oriskany,VA

    This just shows more and more the development of an American underclass. With making money,anyway possible, as the driving ethic in America, those left by the wayside starve. Our jobs have been farmed out, our savings destroyed,our principles subverted and our religions turned into venues of hate, its little wonder Americans are starving. Many families can't cope with the change from a factory economy to a service economy and fall thru the cracks. A sizable portion of those who lost jobs in the recession aren't going to be re employed without retraining. America needs to focus on eduction to end this kind of poverty.

    November 17, 2009 at 7:21 pm |
  127. Barbara Brown

    Baloney that people are hungry. They want fast food, junk food and expensive food. ANYONE can eat all they want if they choose wisely and aren't too lazy to cook. Many get food stamps and WIC for their kids but buy junk. YES they are "hungry" for what they want, but not what they need. Their kids come to school with processed foods that cost 10 times what a good sandwich would cost. Sorry, they do not get my sympathy.

    November 17, 2009 at 7:21 pm |
  128. Ernie Dumas

    The more we hand out free, the more will get into line. How many of these hungry have cell phones with texting and all the other features? How many have cable or dish network? How many have beautifully manicured nails, nice clothes, flat screen tv s? Is this more a question of priorities in America, or is there really a food shortage? I've worked in the public schools for many years and have seen what the "hand out free culture" has created in our children and their families. America's favorite four letter "f" word is "free".

    November 17, 2009 at 7:21 pm |
  129. Barry Soetero

    Set price goals for private grocery stores and if they insist on continuing their rape of the American people set up public option grocery stores. And then set the prices of the public stores below those of the private and drive the sons of bitches out of business.YOU KNOW JACK – JUST DO WHAT THE DEMS PLAN ON DOING WITH THE MEDICAL INSURANCE COMPANIES. Bet that sends a joyous shiver up your leg.

    November 17, 2009 at 7:21 pm |
  130. George Carlucci


    In over 40 years of providing medical care to the public it matters not the race or color but it seems that these folks have no problem buying cigarettes, alcohol or illicit drugs.

    I'm sure that there are legitimately hungry people that cannot afford or have access to food or medication but for the majority the cigarettes, alcohol and drugs come before the children or family.

    November 17, 2009 at 7:21 pm |
  131. travis

    we may be the richest country in the world but only a very few make us that way. it is the capitalist idea of MINE that keeps people hungry. even with a high rate of unemployment there is enough food and money to feed everyone if those with the means would share. but that's not how it works here. in a capitalistic society, for some to have more others must have less.

    November 17, 2009 at 7:21 pm |
  132. Elizabeth in Florida

    Jack, I work in a school that has not made the 'Grade" in FCAT testing, we have over 85% of our children living below the poverty level. Think these two facts are related? You bet! Our kids come to school on Monday morning very hungry, they put cheese sticks and fruit in their backpacks to take home rather than eat it themselves. I know that when we break for Thanksgiving, some children will not have food every day. How can I, a teacher, enjoy my own Thanksgiving? I have donated money, food etc. but the problem is so big, it takes a real commitment from our government to solve. How can anyone read these reports and go to sleep at night? If the story was about starving children in a third world country, there would be a huge outcry. BTW we had testing last week and the breakfast served to our kids was primarily high fructose corn syrup! Yum.

    November 17, 2009 at 7:21 pm |
  133. T. Smith

    I'd love to know how many of these hungry people have expensive cell phone bills and the like but can't afford food for their lfamilies!

    November 17, 2009 at 7:21 pm |
  134. Suzanne Core Colorado

    It has nothing to do with Thanksgiving. It has everything to do with obscene greed at the top one to three percent of "those in charge" - in Congress or other Government, on Wall Street, in corporate boardrooms ad nauseum. It has to do with billionaire bonuses. NOBODY is worth that! NOBODY! It has to do with Congress enriching itself on Other People's Money and no accountability.

    As political activists on both sides have lost ALL perspective, it seems Americans in general have lost all tolerance, all compassion, all sense of community responsibility. It's on both sides. [For instance, a conservative talk show guy in Denver refuses to believe there are any hungry children in America, while our Democratic governor has just taken 33% of one rural nonprofit's budget (earmarked funds), no comprehension that this nonprofit feeds hundreds of people monthly; Gov. Ritter leaving these children and families and elderly without an essential resource. ]

    It ain't your grandma's world anymore! Is this the "sins of the Fathers" from the 60s drug culture? Or is this just Rome Burning "Bread and Circuses"?

    November 17, 2009 at 7:22 pm |
  135. Mark Young from Mahwah, NJ

    The American consumer has been automated, down-sized and outsourced. Until a real solution is found for Main Street, everything is going to spiral downward. One-in-six hungry people in the US might become a statistic that doesn't seem so bad.

    November 17, 2009 at 7:22 pm |
  136. Phyllis Andrew

    Part of the hunger problem is the blase' attitude many people have about conceiving children they cannot support. Birth control is the answer. You must qualify to buy a house, a car etc. but no thought is given to a person's ability to support the most precious among us.

    November 17, 2009 at 7:22 pm |
  137. Bill from pa

    These things are all connected/. Deregulation leads to capitalists ELIMINATING competition, running to cheap labor countries while still enjoying US military protection or outright using it to intimidate these governments into allowing them to poison their enviornments like they did here for so long. People here left without jobs to afford housing , food, and healthcare. They were making big profits while operating here, but they never have enough, so here we are.

    November 17, 2009 at 7:22 pm |
  138. Crystal

    It says our government is failing. Maybe we should just give things back to the Native Americans.

    November 17, 2009 at 7:23 pm |
  139. Robin in Ohio

    Jack, Wolfe said it all America is the richest country in the world for the top 5% who are doing quite well. The rest of America is suffering, the middle class is disappearing and America's values are strange. We don't care how much it cost to fight two wars, pay mercenaries better than we pay our on soldiers, and rebuild foreign countries that are at the epicenter of our war on terrorism. But talk about feeding hungry Americans or making sure they have health care and the most important factor is cost.

    November 17, 2009 at 7:23 pm |
  140. Hosti

    As long as people are unethical with money,
    their will always be hunger in the U.S
    despite being the greatest country on earth.

    November 17, 2009 at 7:23 pm |
  141. Flyingwolf, Manchester NH

    This is what happens with the erosion of women's right to choose and the erosion of sex education especially in the prevention of pregnancy. Right-wingers want to save every zygote by denying morning-after pills. They want to deny preventing pregnancy by restricting education about condoms. You have these crazy people who think babies should be the punishment for having sex running things and you wonder why so many children are starving. But those right-wingers don't care about children–they only care about keeping women in bondage to their wombs. Everyone who is against a woman's right to choose should be double taxed to feed the children their policies have brought into the world.

    November 17, 2009 at 7:23 pm |
  142. Edwin

    Harsh I know,...But it means 5 of 6 Americans are taking responsibility for their lives and well-being. How many handouts, food banks, etc. did our pioneering forefathers have?

    November 17, 2009 at 7:23 pm |
  143. Skeptical

    How can we simultaneously be so hungry and so obese? Saw a food drive giving away food to the needy in my hometown and almost every person in line was 30-80 pounds overweight. I know not every poor person is that way, but it definitely makes me question these statistics. 1 in 6? I'm far from affluent and live in a state with one of the worst unemployment rates in the country, but can't say I know a single person so destitute they can't eat.

    November 17, 2009 at 7:23 pm |
  144. Shan

    I could not believe the number of AMERICANS in the good U S of A that are going hungry. This should not be, how can this be? I understand that we as nation are dealing with great job loss and economic hardships; and I know that we will always have the poor with us, but this many??? I also know that groceries are always increasing too; I mean a can of Pilsbury dough biscuits went from $1 to $1.19 to a $1.39 – Outrageous!!! Somewhere we as a nation have missed it. I am pledging, as a concerned American, to donate to my local food bank. It might not feed the 50 millions of hungry americans, but it's a start. Let's all do what we can to help those in need.

    Minden, LA

    November 17, 2009 at 7:23 pm |
  145. Ralph from SF

    Most Americans don't look like they miss too many meals

    November 17, 2009 at 7:23 pm |
  146. Jeanne

    Jack, like all problems of social justice, the real issue is not what it seems. Hunger is not about food. Hunger is about priorities. Here in Minnesota our Republican governor, presidential aspirant Tim Pawlenty, recently gutted food programs for the sick and poor in an effort to balance the state's budget. Major supermarkets do not locate in our inner cities, thus depriving lower income people of fresh fruits and vegetables. Homeless shelters, food banks and other social safety nets are always the first to be cut when the budget gets tight. Instead of giving the H1N1 vaccine to Wall Street moguls and giving war profiteers no-bid government contracts, our society needs to look at how it treats the weakest among us.

    November 17, 2009 at 7:23 pm |
  147. fighting_american

    I find it odd that 1 in 6 American children go hungry yet , we are also concerned with our obesity rates, not to say this is wrong, I am all for healthy children, but we should be looking at the obese families out there and asking them, what do they think when they gorge and feast like there is no tomorrow. What is wrong with this country that we have either too many fat kids or too many skinny kids. It seems the balance is way off here. I think the best thing that could be done is have a Robin Hood type figure come to these obese families and take food from them to give to the starving. That or go these overweight kids and show them these underweight kids face to face.

    November 17, 2009 at 7:23 pm |
  148. Andrea Milnes

    I'm lucky and can afford decent food for myself and my boyfriend even if it's not fancy. I like to keep my food help close to home though so I invite my broke friends over now and then, whip up a big batch of something and feed everybody. Last week was linguine with shrimp alfredo with a side of gossip and good music.

    November 17, 2009 at 7:24 pm |
  149. Henrie

    With two wars which should be ended immediately and the CEO's, big corporations, lobbyists and politicians having all the money they need we no longer have a middle class that can afford food, shelter and health care.
    We have very, very rich and very very poor. No health care for everyone and so many internal problems. We should stop interferring in other countries, get rid of greedy rich and start taking care of the people in this country.

    November 17, 2009 at 7:24 pm |
  150. Kathy

    Am I the only one who can't understand how this could possibly be true if 2/3 of Americans are overweight and 1/3 are obese–particularly because because the risk of being overweight is supposed be lower at higher income levels? It doesn't really all seem to add up to anything that could be true.

    November 17, 2009 at 7:24 pm |
  151. Vic in NJ

    It says that when a well-meaning liberal government over-reaches to provide home ownership for everyone regardless of ability to repay the loans – things can eventually destabilize private capital and bring the world's economy to it's knees. The resulting devastation destroys the livelihood of the very people the liberal policy was designed to help. It says Barney Frank should have listened when the Bush Administration asked his Fannie and Freddie over site to look into the dangerous loan practices encouraged by liberal government regulation. It also says that it is easier to blame "business and capitalism" because people think their problems are cured easily by handfuls of freshly printed dollars from the US Mint that pay for short term unsustainable government help programs. It also says that when in these straits – you are going to see enormous giving this season from PRIVATE individuals to help those who are in dire straits.

    November 17, 2009 at 7:24 pm |
  152. Colie Brice

    Who's got a Mr. Kool Aid hangover? What ever happened to peace, love, and change?

    November 17, 2009 at 7:24 pm |
  153. Charlie Williams

    it means that those who produce the wealth and create jobs, which allow people to be self-sufficient have been utterly discouraged be those who confiscate and redistribute that wealth for "the common good"... National reading assignment for December: Atlas Shrugged!!!

    November 17, 2009 at 7:24 pm |
  154. Terri

    It says that Americans allowed it to become an epidemic. We allowed the Republicans to start 2 wars that our nation could ill afford. Americans stood by while Republican politician spents our money and allowed Wall Street to steal our money. So Americans should suck it up and learn from this...are you going keep allowing corporate America to steal from us, are going to allow the status quo that has leveled our nation to third world status to continue or will you stand up and let the Democratic party know that they will lose their seats but not to the Republican party...A Democrats will sit in their seat who will carry on the message that "Yes We Can" and we will. We voted for Obama and they just got a free ride to make his position stronger against the "Status Quo", hear us now, hear us loud.

    November 17, 2009 at 7:24 pm |
  155. Bill in Arizona

    So how is this "Hope" and "Change" working for ya?

    November 17, 2009 at 7:25 pm |
  156. Birddog in Mississippi

    It says that free market capitalism with no constraints does not work for the good of society. Yes we have the "wealth of a nation," but we have a nation of a few wealthy people and a lot of poor people. Adam Smith wrote in "Moral Sentiments" that people's self-interest would motivate them to empathy - because they would perceive the needs of others and this is how distribution of wealth would to some degree be equalized in a free market system. Clearly, given that Wall Street bankers are making million dollar bonuses while children go hungry, Smith was wrong about human nature - which is at the core of any economic system. The government must redistribute wealth in order to sustain a free market system that works in a democracy.

    November 17, 2009 at 7:25 pm |
  157. Tom Mathers

    Yeah, right! The purveyors of food stamps are telling us that America is full of hungry people. What a surprise! Solution is of course to increase the food stamp budget and hire a ton of new bureaucrats to administer the program thereby expanding the footprint of an already excessive agency. Man, when will you people ever learn that Uncle Sam has been scamming you since FDR.

    November 17, 2009 at 7:25 pm |
  158. Barbara in NC

    How many billions to give Iraq health care and the freedom they didn't even ask for.

    Thanks W

    November 17, 2009 at 7:25 pm |
  159. Sandy

    So I read all the whiner comments here about he government not doing enough. What are you doing? Personally! You say the government can't solve all problems, and it can't Go volunteer. Donate money or food to your local food bank. Plant a garden and give excess to the food bank. That is what my neighbors did. Fresh vegetables are in great demand. Plant a fruit tree. We can all help. This Thanksgiving spend time in a food kitchen before you enjoy your feast. It's east to say, too bad no one is fixing this problem. So fix it. Get off the web and go out and do something !

    November 17, 2009 at 7:25 pm |
  160. C. Pittman

    CBS Evening news is running a story tonight about the explosion of obesity in this country. I volunteered at a food bank this summer and 90% of the people that came in for food were at least 40 lbs overweight. Add to the fact that people just eat too much, stretching their stomachs so that they feel hungry, and then not budgeting their dollars properly, they are "running out" of food at the end of the month.

    November 17, 2009 at 7:44 pm |
  161. Bisty

    I'm 40 years old and I've never met anyone in America who goes hungry....
    People shouldn't have kids they can't afford or provide for.
    How come no one ever mentions all the cats and dogs that go hungry and homeless? They are the innocent, helpless ones who truly need our help!

    November 17, 2009 at 7:44 pm |
  162. Andrew

    Somehow, I find this hard to believe considering over 60% of us are overweight, 30% of which are obese. Supposedly, lower income families are at the highest risk as well because they can't afford the healthier foods. Are they telling us our poor are both hungry and obese?

    What is their definition of hungry American anyway? Below 10000 calories a day?

    November 17, 2009 at 7:45 pm |
  163. A Moss

    If young women (and men) cannot afford to provide food, shelter, and care for their offspring, they should not have them...it's a NO-BRAINER...Shame on us for enabling them!

    November 17, 2009 at 7:45 pm |
  164. Philip A. (Atlanta, GA.)

    It says that we (Americans) are yet to comprehend the total impact of the damage caused by the Bush administration. With an astronomical spending of over 1.7 billion dollars a week in Iraq, and Uncle sam's forth-coming bankruptcy, i'd suggest we buckle-up Jack. This ride is about to get rough-er.

    November 17, 2009 at 7:45 pm |
  165. Andy

    It's so dissapointing to learn that people are suffering with hunger even in the developed nation like America. If thats true imagine the situation in countries like AFRICA and other poor nations. Its high time people start thinking before wasting/throwing away FOOD. May god bless AMERICA.

    November 17, 2009 at 7:47 pm |
  166. Anthony

    I’m retired military and to be honest life is good—financially—for me and my family. I would also like to say that my views are conservative but something happened the other day that really bothered me. I was at a superstore in Virginia with my eight year old son and a woman walked up to me and asked for help “Sir. Can I have some change I have no food and my son doesn’t know how bad it is”. She showed me something and said something that I don’t what to reveal because I think there are those that would use this information to take advantage our others but this information that she revealed strongly pointed to that fact that she was telling me the truth and in bad need of help.
    You see I have quite literally traveled a good part of the world and have seen women beg in places that you and I would never consider visiting. But to see a woman in America asking for help like that shook me to my core. I was speechless for a few seconds because I couldn’t believe what I was seeing/hearing and I was wondering have we slipped so far. BTW: I did help her.

    November 17, 2009 at 7:47 pm |
  167. Dave

    I think a few of you are unfairly blaming capitalism. How about all those women having babies out of wedlock without a committed father and all those deadbeat dads?
    How about the millions of Americans that are lazy and don't value education to achieve something in life.
    How about the 40% of the population that is obese and costing us billions that could be used for other puproses?
    How about letting in the country too many immigrants that are not educated or don't value education then have kids that don't value education.
    How about all those entitlement programs that reduce the incentive to work and be productive?
    How about those Americans that spend all they make in the "good" times and then suffer in a downturn?
    A lot of this problem is due to a lack of personal responsibilty which is America's biggest problem?

    November 17, 2009 at 7:47 pm |
  168. Tracy

    Why don't we quit taxing the crap out of big business and forcing them to go overseas? We need the jobs here. Why can't we drill here and reap the financial independence and spread it around here instead of spending billions a year buying oil from countries who would like to see us cease to exist? There is no reason anyone in the USA should go hungry. They are going hungry because there are no jobs for those willing to work.

    November 17, 2009 at 7:48 pm |
  169. Jambie

    I wonder how many of these "starving" people have cell phones and sattelite tv? People just don't know how to prioritize.

    November 17, 2009 at 7:49 pm |
  170. Krotchett

    The really shocking thing about this is how many people believe this story at face value.

    November 17, 2009 at 7:49 pm |
  171. Ken Smith

    Jack: After working for or with the government for over 40 years, I can tell you that the Government, and those that own the Government, wastes more money that that which would be required to feed all the poor. It is now the Government of the Government, for the Government, and by the Government. Hunger in America cannot be excused. Then again, how many of these people have SUVs, cell phones, etc. Ken

    November 17, 2009 at 7:49 pm |
  172. Tyran

    What does obese people have to do with people going hungry? Those are two separate issues. Obese people got food, let's take care of those that are going hungry. What is so hard about that?!?!

    November 17, 2009 at 7:50 pm |
  173. Clark

    You would think that the US companies that are so profitable they can pay their executives tens of millions in salary and bonuses would consider being more charitable. The fact that anyone is going hungry in this gluttonous country is a national disgrace. We live in a country that has lost its conscience.

    November 17, 2009 at 7:50 pm |
  174. LMAO

    You can get a cheeseburger for $1. If you are unable to figure a way to make $3 a day in this country, and are mentally healthy, I have no sympathy.

    November 17, 2009 at 7:50 pm |
  175. Pam

    It says that we need to stop associating hunger with laziness. A large percentage of our population is UNDEREMPLOYED. This means that people cannot find a job that will pay living wages and decent benefits. It is not for a lack of trying, it is for a lack of job availability. A recent article suggested that finding a full-time job with benefits is comparable to getting into Harvard. As long as we keep shipping our jobs overseas to China, while our population keeps on growing, we've got a big problem! WAKE UP AMERICAN GOVERNMENT and AMERICAN BUSINESSES. THIS MODEL IS NOT SUSTAINABLE!

    November 17, 2009 at 7:50 pm |
  176. Kathy

    This doesn't surprise me at all. I was a single mother back in 1986 (before the government kept track of hungry people) and even then the majority of people I knew had problems keeping food in the house. Blame it on whatever you want but the problem has been around a lot longer than everyone thinks.

    November 17, 2009 at 7:51 pm |
  177. Rude Dude

    What do you expect? The US system needs an update. We're not living during the Revolutionary War (militia not required), we're not living in the Wild West (lawlessness). It is the year 2009 and our population is over 300,000,000 and we, as a nation have not grown with futuristic remedies for our concerns. 300,000,000 people and no national i.d card? No medical protection for everyone? No further education available to everyone? Not enough financial regulation in the interest of the citizens of the nation or the world? OK for kids to go on shooting sprees? Ok to use automatic weapons and call it "self- defense? It would be great if US citizens would learn that they have a lot to learn. Just look at the international First World education, health (including life expectancy), prosperity, standard of living levels; the US does not have proud rankings. We do rank highest in the violent crimes category, I guess we can be proud of that. Wake up and get with the times! Unless serious updates are made, this country will become an international disaster.

    November 17, 2009 at 7:51 pm |
  178. Kathryn

    Yes there are alot of people that go hungry in America but I have also seen alot of people in shelters where I have volunteered on cellphones.Many people claim that they do not have food yet they have the latest sneakers and are texting someone while waiting in the free food line at the shelter.If my children had nothing to eat I wouldn't be on the phone I would be working day and night to correct the situation.

    November 17, 2009 at 7:53 pm |
  179. Earl Nye

    When 1 out of 6 citizens go hungry, it is an indication that we neet to immediately stop funding foreign countries with economic and military aid. Turn our government foreign aid inwards to assiting the people who need it. What is our company coming to? We need a large scale social revolution, demanding that the will of the people be strictly followed. Not the will of big corporations and fat cats on capital hill. Both democrats, republicans and independents!!!!

    November 17, 2009 at 7:54 pm |