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The media and members of what is supposed to be the US Congress have a lot to say about poor immigrants at the border. But, they have little to nothing to say about the poor and hungry who are already living in the United States, many of whose ancestors arrived hundreds of years ago, often by force. Even though they are voters, their own so-called representatives seem to care more for non-voting non-Americans. This has become absurd to the point of obscenity. Without food banks, food stamps, and school lunches, the situation would be even more dire.
“Food Insecurity by Household Characteristics
The prevalence of food insecurity varied considerably among household types. Rates of food insecurity were higher than the national average (11.8 percent) for the following groups:
* All households with children (15.7 percent),
* Households with children under age 6 (16.4 percent),
* Households with children headed by a single woman (30.3 percent),
* Households with children headed by a single man (19.7 percent),
* Women living alone (13.9 percent),
* Men living alone (13.4 percent),
* Black, non-Hispanic households (21.8 percent),
* Hispanic households (18.0 percent), and
* Low-income households with incomes below 185 percent of the poverty threshold (30.8 percent; the Federal poverty line was $24,858 for a family of four in 2017).”
“* Low food security (old label=Food insecurity without hunger): reports of reduced quality, variety, or desirability of diet. Little or no indication of reduced food intake.
* Very low food security (old label=Food insecurity with hunger): Reports of multiple indications of disrupted eating patterns and reduced food intake.”
The US government is trying to get away from the concept of hunger and talk of “food insecurity instead”. While hunger is indeed subjective, it is still better understood than food security/insecurity. Perhaps they should speak of starvation, instead?
“The CNSTAT panel also recommended that USDA make a clear and explicit distinction between food insecurity and hunger.
* Food insecurity—the condition assessed in the food security survey and represented in USDA food security reports—is a household-level economic and social condition of limited or uncertain access to adequate food.
* Hunger is an individual-level physiological condition that may result from food insecurity. The word “hunger,” the panel stated in its final report, “…should refer to a potential consequence of food insecurity that, because of prolonged, involuntary lack of food, results in discomfort, illness, weakness, or pain that goes beyond the usual uneasy sensation.” To measure hunger in this sense would require collection of more detailed and extensive information on physiological experiences of individual household members than could be accomplished effectively in the context of the CPS. The panel recommended, therefore, that new methods be developed to measure hunger and that a national assessment of hunger be conducted using an appropriate survey of individuals rather than a survey of households.
The CNSTAT panel also recommended that USDA consider alternative labels to convey the severity of food insecurity without using the word “hunger,” since hunger is not adequately assessed in the food security survey. USDA concurred with this recommendation and, accordingly, introduced the new labels “low food security” and “very low food security” in 2006.”
US Congressman Bennie Thompson of Mississippi is a Democrat who represents some of the poorest counties in the United States. He is also responsible for Homeland Security Oversight. A search on his web site for “food insecurity” or “hunger” results in one finding. A search for immigration results in more than one page, where he appears to have great concern about the conditions of border immigrants. Where is his concern for the dire poverty of his constituents?
Note that it’s not just African American descendants of slaves who arrived by force. Many early British immigrants were forcibly sent to the United States, since prior to the American Revolution it was effectively a prison colony. There were attempts by France to send prisoners to Louisiana, as well, leading to the Maisons Alfort women’s prison revolt.