American Hunger E–pub READ
I am a serious food stockpiler I have enough food in my apartment to last my husband and I a month probably 2 maybe 3 if we really stretched in case the zombie apocalypse happens we are ready Boxes of pasta bags of rice and beans tomato sauces and tuna cans mac n cheese pasta and rice a roni a freezer full of dumplings chicken thighs and sausage tons of imported ramen just a LOT of food And the thing is this is not insanely expensive It s not something I spend a lot of time or money on We re on a budget and our food one is often tight but I like to feel secure about our eating future But for so many people in America cupboards stocked with cheap food is literally an impossible dreamThis is kind of a soul crushing series of articles I know there s poverty in America and like most middle class people I deal with periods where things are very tight often uncomfortably so But I ve never stopped and thought about the families who literally can t feed their children The ones who rely on school meals and when summer break hits the panic sets in The families who can only affordhave access to cheap crap so they have obese kids who are starving and suffering from malnutrition The mothers who have to chose between milk and cereal because they can t afford them both This book is about those people the ones we try not to think about the millions of suffering Americans who have it rougher than I d imagined I think it s a very important read and thankfully it is wonderfully written The tone is compelling the information and facts presented seamlessly within the narrative of these families I was so intrigued by this that I m reading another book on the subject and have uite a few in the ueue Highly recommended Eye opening I have no idea about the US context so this short but insightful book really surprised me This is situation similar to what older people in Indonesia and Singapore would tell about their life in the 60s70s I don t imagine this is a situation that lots of my generation is facing in the US This is important and systemic and wondering why I haven t really heard on the mainstream news compared to all those Trump debacle or maybe I read the wrong things I knew so little about the food stamp system in the US This is an eye opener for sure and totally explains how hunger and obesity can co exist in a systematic way As a guy who can see all three sides to any two sided issue I have struggled mightily with the idea of the government the federal government in particular providing things like food shelter medical care and housing to the people of the United States It s not that I m against the idea in theory I am actually against it on the days I m not all for it but in practice it s been a catastrophe where it hasn t been a triumph If ou were to ask me my Opinion *of The Food Stamp *of the food stamp I d say no way and es of course Or we definitely should have it but *the food stamp program I d say no way and es of course Or we definitely should have it but needs to be dismantled Full disclosure I am a Great Society baby When my dad for all intents and purposes abandoned us my mother had to avail herself of Lyndon Johnson s Great Society programs for a few Oriental Magic years food stamps section eight housing Medicaid etc She was fortunate to have earned her Mrs degree after a short time that is she married my stepdad who had a good union job and who very kindly joined her in raising my brother and I so we didn t need Uncle Sam s largesse for very longbut we did and it mattered So there s a success story we used these programs for a little while until things improved then we were off them Never needed them again Easy peasey Fast forward fortyears and we are looking at generations of people who have known no other life than one of attachment to the government If they don t get food stamps they don t eat If they don t have some sort of government housing they are homeless If they don t have government sponsored medical care they have none If there kids don t eat a free or subsidized breakfast and lunch they don t eat at all There are people who use these programs during hard times which was the intent and there are those who know no other way of life but to use these programs which was not Further there are the deserving poor a widow a fellow who has fallen sick a disabled child and the non deserving poor a single mother with multiple children from multiple partners who is married to none of them a drug addict and illegal immigrant someone who is gaming the system Public policy cannot discriminate between those who legitimately need help and those who simply like the help because it s just one less thing they need to be responsible for in their lives I have known both sorts of people It is murky and tangled most of the time The lines are unclear There are circumstances there are messes In reading this series of articles from The Washington Post I was reminded that in the end we are all better off when children old people the sick and those going through hard times have enough to eat Our system is inefficient maddeni American Hunger The Pulitzer Prize Winning Washington Post Series by Eli Saslow American Hunger is an eye opening book about poverty in America Washington Post staff writer and contributor to ESPN The Magazine Eli Saslow travels across America to share stories on the government food stamp program from the perspective of six families This illuminating 99 page book includes the following six chapters 1 Rep Steve Southerland believes in hard work And that s what he got 2 Too much of too little 3 December 7th Dece. An eBook shortWinner of the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory ReportingIn this Pulitzer Prize winning collection Washington Post reporter Eli Saslow traveled across the country over the course of a ear from Florida and Texas to Rhode Island and Tennessee to examine the personal and political implicat. Mber 8th 4 Hungering for a new month to begin 5 I m not ready to sign up for this et and 6 Driving away hunger Positives1 A well written and succinct book2 A very important topic poverty3 The main goal is to provide the public with everyday stories of how people in poverty deal with the cycle of government food stamp assistance4 Saslow is a gifted reporter he is a keen observer and treats the subject with the utmost respect and care5 Limited but effective use of charts and plenty of photos that complement the narrative 6 Provides valuable information of the state of the government food stamp program The government food stamp program has tripled in size during the last decade growing to serve 47 million Americans at a cost of nearly 80 billion each Transition nergetique - ces vrits qui drangent ! year 7 The first chapter covers Rep Steve Southerland s uest to overhaul the food stamp program The United States had already spent 50ears and 16 trillion on the war against poverty and et the wealth gap continued to grow and the rate of extreme poverty in rural Florida had increased for eight consecutive ears 8 Interesting facts The USDA showing that the fastest growing demographic on food stamps was people who did work but in jobs that paid so little they still ualified for the benefit 9 The book revolves around six families and how they coped with poverty and hunger For almost a decade Blanca had supported her five children by stretching 430 in monthly food stamp benefits 10 Discusses different strategies attempted to curtail poverty and increasing health care costs Research showed that every 1 spent on nutrition education saved the government 10 in future health care costs 11 Captures the practical and at times desperate actions people in poverty take to make ends meet Her own food stamps no longer seemed like enough for the family and neither did Tiara s but there was another option Her eldest son had Convaincre en moins de 2 minutes yet to enroll in the food stamp program He had no income She was sure he would ualify His likely benefit would be about 160 each month 12 A look at the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program SNAP Spending on SNAP has doubled in the past fourears and tripled in the past decade surpassing 78 billion last ear A record 47 million Americans receive the benefit including 13752 in Woonsocket one third of the town s population where the first of each month now reveals twin shortcomings of the US economy 13 An inside look behind government workers in charge of enrolling new people In fact it is Nerios s job to enroll at least 150 seniors for food stamps each month a uota she usually exceeds Alleviate hunger lessen poverty These are the primary goals of her work 14 The impact to local economies Every 5 in SNAP generates 920 for the local economy 15 A behind the scenes look at food truck drivers feeding poor children More than 1 in 4 children now depend on government food assistance a record level of need that has increased the federal budget and changed the nature of childhood for the nation s poor Negatives1 The book s focus is describing the disease not so much on providing the cure2 No links or notes3 No formal bibliography4 More charts and supplementary material would have added valueIn summary this is a very good brief eBook that captures the plight of people living in poverty and hence hunger Saslow does a wonderful job of describing the financial challenges of six families and how they make use of government assistance to deal with everyday life Eye opening heartbreaking but treated with utmost care and respect I recommend itFurther recommendations 200 a Day by Kathryn
J Edin Evicted By Mathew Edin Evicted by Mathew The Working Poor by David K Shipler The Other America Poverty in the United States by Michael Harrington Runaway Ineuality An Activist s Guide to Economic Justice by Les Leopold Divided The Perils of Our Growing Ineuality Perfectly Legal The Fine Print and Free Lunch by David Cay Johnston and The Price of Ineuality by Joseph E Stiglitz HeartbreakingAlthough the articles were written in 2012 and 2013 not much has changed It is true that SNAP benefits were increased to help people during the time of covid 19 What happens after benefits are reduced again So many have lost jobs and need food If ou believe that people who receive SNAP benefits are lazy and undeserving please read the last essay of this collection Children should never be without adeuate nutritious food No one should I ve been fortunate enough to never need assistance in my adult life When my tax dollars are used to feed people in need I can t imagine a better use of my money When I was in high school one of the teachers showed us a *FILM ON HUNGER IN AMERICA AND hunger in America and was shocking to me back then but it appeared to just a section of America that sent hunger Things are far worse now This is another story about people in American not making it For these people there is never enough food jobs or enough money to make ends meet The food they get doesn t last out the month and much of it is what I consider junk food prepackaged foods that cause disease When I was fresh out of high school I moved to Davis CA to be near my high school boy friend who I later married I lived with a couple and took care of their child The woman Jill went to college at UC Davis For two weeks out of the month they would feed me well but the next two weeks money was low I didn t make enough to buy my own food Months later I ended up getting anemia Luckily I married shortly after But back to prepackaged foods Do ou think tha. Ions and repercussions of America's growing food stamp program Saslow shows us the extraordinary impact the arrival of food stamps has each month on a small town's struggling economy the difficult choices our representatives face in implementing this 78 billion program affecting millions of Americ. ,
T the wealthy people are eating prepackaged foods I know many aren t They are eating fresh fruits and vegetables good meats dairy and cheeses and drinking good wines They often have a cook that serves them gourmet meals Well some say They deserve it they worked hard for it These welfare people don t want to work and so they deserve prepackaged foods Those on food stamps need to work es but the jobs are not always there and if they do find jobs they never pay enough to make ends meet They even have programs that teach them new skills so that they can find work but that doesn t mean that they will get the work because they often don t as there are too many people looking for the same job And how do Kotlin - Les fondamentaux du dveloppement d'applications Android you get a job without a car How doou find work when Dialogue aux enfers entre Machiavel et Montesuieu you don t have transportation money It isn t that easy any to get around unlessou live in large city like the Bay Area of San Francisco that has great bus service but then Colp you can t afford to live there either Many low paid workers are now living out of the city and have to travel far to get to work Poverty breeds povertyOne woman that the author interviewed goes as far as to unscrew a light bulb in her refrigerator That saves nothing but she doesn t know this Another unscrews every bulb in the house Well Americans lived without electricity in their not so distant past so why not Why not Because people shouldn t have to live like this They could even turn off their hot water and heat Many do It helps even I have a pen pal who lives in snow country and when her husband lost his job he couldn t get into town to even collect food stamps They spent the winter without heat no propane or wood Aear later his boss called him back to work Then there are the long food lines at food pantries and much like the bread lines in the depression era some who stand in line to get food end up with very little since they were at the back of the line hours ago and the food ran out When I worked at a food pantry I saw this every time I was there And what do Dressage conjugal you say to those that end up with nothing other than I m sorry Or Here we do have a bag of cocoa puffs left Whenou volunteer at these places Leyna Book 1 you are not allowed to give them moneyou can only give sympathy This is not an easy volunteer job Now we have a day care center and 6 days a week we pass out peanut butter and jelly sandwiches or bologna and cheese on white bread all processed food Then there are potato chips a banana and sometimes homemade soup They can get by on this for a while but in the long run they will end up with illnesses and most of these people are too sick to work The author of this book reports what he sees he doesn t give solutions I am not sure if there are solutions since being poor is demonized by others as well as criminalized And how do ou change People S Views I Haven s views I haven seen it happen and I have tried Not everyone has a heart and many have been too brainwashed to see things as they really areI think that the food stamp program really needs to be changed For one thing I feel that people need food stamps not less but I am also in agreement with ruling out most prepackaged foods The problem right now is that they have to make their food stamps stretch Prepackaged foods while lacking much in nutrition goes farther than real food Everyone know how expensive fruits vegetables meat eggs milk and real cheese areThen we need to bring jobs back to America and not just jobs but good paying ones All of that may not happen and our country is so rigged that people have a very hard time raising themselves out of poverty But in comes help Rep Steve Southerland had a plan to make changes to the welfare system Let s make these people volunteer for their food for at least 20 hours a week he said Now that isn t really a bad idea except I believe that this volunteer work will be *free and if it isn t it will not be eual to a paying job *and if it isn t it will not be eual to a paying job
even an 8 an hour lousy job So now ou would have slave labor as if we ever abolished it inan 8 an hour lousy job So now Ravens, Tome 4: SylveLarme you would have slave labor as if we ever abolished it in first place and price wise I doubt if these 20 hours will be eual to the food they buy Note Since writing this review I read that teachers in Florida can t afford to rent a house so they want to build them apartments on the campuses instead of raising their pay It is disturbing I have never been in the position where I worried about having enough food in my refrigerator I never worried that my daughter would have enough It certainly does not mean that this couldn t happen It sounds exhausting humiliating anxiety provoking and awful to have to always worry about how to have enough food This was an excellent series of essays describing the toil of constant food shortages It especially feels revenant now with Covid 19 causing so much unemployment displacement and severe food shortages There are different answers to how to have better nutritious food available and the long term problems of living on mostly low cost low nutrient junk foods Still I think there are solutions and there is really no such thing as the deserving poor and the undeserving poor All hunger is hunger and is not a way to live We need to find better solutions This book really made me think of how serious this crisis is A series of chapters reporting on food insecurity in the US a Republican policy maker lobbying to shrink food stamps families dependent on food stamps shop keepers that depend on Time to AwakenA real eye opener for those who don t face hunger issues every day I am going on a Saslow readingBinge as a result. Ans and the challenges American families senior citizens and children encounter every day in ensuring they have enough and sometimes even anything to eat These unsettling and eye opening stories make for reuired reading providing nuance and understanding to the complex matters of American poverty .