Can't afford food? Is that because iphones and ipads come first?
Housing costs are ridiculous. College costs double every 7 years. Minimum wage
doesn't. Years ago car insurance wasn't required by law years ago. A
good idea but not required. I think if people actually tried to feed (meaning
using no reserves of beverage of food from the pantry) their family on 10-20% of
a minimum wage salary for their family size they would run out of days to eat in
a month. Look up how much it costs to put a child in day care. A very small
percentage of the budget can be spent on food. Minimum wage would
gross a person $1,160. How do spend $116 on an adult and a single child on food
in a month? $30 a week? Now imagine there is more than one child? And that is if
they get 40 hours of work a week. Not all single parent workers get that.
Especially if they need to leave work to take their child to appointments or for
sickness. Let them eat cake? Sometimes the wrong spread is a food
allergy. Not being picky.
Not knowing how to manage resources, including money management, is a big part
of the problem. It is too easy to easy fast food when money is available, and
then not have enough later on, or similar scenarios. My husband was a student
for seven of the first nine years we were married. If I was careful with our
money, it always covered our needs. We never had food stamps, or even WIC. There
were times when we were hungry, but it was due to some sort of carelessness, or
being taken advantage of by others. All too many children will toss an apple in
the garbage after two bites, or decline a sandwich because it has the wrong
spread, or demand a narrow range of food options. I've seen too many cakes
in the garbage after a large party, and observe the attendees go home to low
income housing. I believe there are hungry Americans, even after great efforts
to provide and use assets wisely, but much too often it is just lack of looking
What is a single parent? The category is too broad for my liking.Leave it to the churches not the govern-mental bodies, and even atheists and
agnostics can organize themselves into different groups to take care of each
These surveys are very suspect.Since they are frequently funded and/or conducted
by those with an agenda. Of ten the methodologies are skewed to classify as
"food insecure" those who have skipped a meal for some reason. There are
currently 47 million Americans on food stamps. Coupled with the food pantries
and food drives, I find it hard to believe that there are hungry people, who
simply do not have access to food sources.
Perhaps if we had a better social safety net for single parent families.
Who knew. (slash sarcasm)