I could put this in a number of threads concerning the US economy/employment or capitalism, but it's worth its own thread.
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5023829Some 38 million people in America are considered "food insecure" -- they have trouble finding the money to keep food on the table. NPR profiles families who have faced hunger in three different settings: rural, suburban and urban America.
38 million is roughly 13% of the total population. Clearly, the US economy is not working well for everyone.Hunger By the Numbers
The federal government classifies a family as "food insecure" if at some point during the year the household had difficulty buying enough food. A look at the numbers on food insecurity:
U.S. population considered "food insecure": 38.2 million (1)
Proportion of metropolitan U.S. population considered "food insecure": 12.9 percent (1)
U.S. households classified as "food insecure" and headed solely by women: 11 million (1)
Proportion of U.S. households defined as "food insecure" with income at or below the federal poverty threshold: 40 percent (1)
Proportion of U.S. "food insecure" households reporting they "couldn’t afford to eat balanced meals": 11.6 percent (1)
Percentage of U.S. adults defined as "food insecure" reporting skipping meals or cutting meal sizes: 6.6 percent (1)
Proportion of all U.S. households with children reporting children often or sometimes don’t get enough food: 4.6 percent (1)
Proportion of households surveyed at America's Second Harvest emergency food services reporting children going hungry due to lack of money: 15 percent (2)
Number of Americans defined as "the working poor" (at least 6 months in the labor force with incomes below the federal poverty threshold): 7.4 million (3)
1) Household Food Security in the United States, 2004, Economic Research Service, USDA
2) Hunger in America 2001, America's Second Harvest, survey of 32,000 clients
3) A Profile of the Working Poor, 2003, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics