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More Americans feeling hunger's pinch

November 16, 2009 | 12:27 pm
Ap More Americans last year lacked the ability to put adequate food on their tables than in any year since the federal government began monitoring food insecurity, according to a government report today.

The report, posted on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s website, blamed the current recession for the increasing number of people who are having difficulty meeting their dietary needs.

“The recent economic downturn has brought a sharp increase in the number of Americans who report having difficulty meeting their food needs,” said the report. “In fact, in 2008, the number and percentage of U.S. households classified as ‘food insecure’ reached the highest level recorded since federal monitoring of food insecurity began in 1995.” Read more here:

Photo: Volunteers fill rice bags at a food bank near downtown Seattle. Credit: Elaine Thompson / Associated Press