Hungry in America: new documentary shows 'food insecurity'

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  • RunAmuckMom Salt Lake City, UT
    March 14, 2013 8:32 p.m.

    JRJ, the school foods programs do ask for income and do ask for proof of that income to be provided. I just thought you should know that. The problems are with the lack of balance between what people make and the costs of what they can buy...along with people making those choices of what's Wii games or groceries. 2 generations ago gave up on training the parents/adults...1 generation ago came those who only self-indulged or gave away the "fish instead of giving the pole with lessons" we have the generation of today with all past generations complaining about them.

  • RunAmuckMom Salt Lake City, UT
    March 14, 2013 8:22 p.m.

    Truthfully with the way our system is set up, it costs more to eat healthy than it does to buy pre-cooked unhealthy ready in a box meals. Of course we can grow our own foods but, the cost of seeds are rising every year. Not to mention restrictions put on some things you can and cannot do on your land. It is very sad. My family did it's own experiment to prove this theory and honestly our family spent 2 times more in purchasing the foods or ingredients to make meals. For example, if we found deals on fresh produce, grains, soy, we lost the amount saved in the gas used to hunt the deals down with. The "quality of life" in our nation is at risk and has been for a long time. It all boils down to the heads and boards of corporations wanting to be more rich than the rich pockets they already have.

  • SLC gal Salt Lake City, UT
    March 14, 2013 10:54 a.m.

    The problem is more deeply rooted. Kids on welfare are taught to get a good education so they can get a good job. Nothing about how to be self sufficient. Nothing that would help the kids grow up to be entrepenuers, in turn growing more jobs.

    Why can't they learn this from their parents? Because their parents are already trapped in the cycle of "get a good job", and it didn't work for them..... JOB stands for Just Over Broke.

  • Third try screen name Mapleton, UT
    March 12, 2013 1:36 p.m.

    Our confidence in government has hit rock-bottom. Having a year and a half to avert the fiscal cliff all our leaders could do is fight with one another.
    Besides, "Freedom from Want," "New Deal" and "Great Society" were expensive failures. Unless you count the government workers who were assigned to administer the problem. They're doing well.
    We've all watched Food Stamp recipients who are obviously making money somewhere and/or spending what they have on luxuries.
    If you want to read a good summary of the welfare program, find the book called That's not what we meant to do, by Steven M Gillon. It was written over a decade ago so it isn't a blame Bush or blame Obama tome.

  • europe1 Cambria, 00
    March 12, 2013 12:09 p.m.

    In an ideal world we would all be working for a living - however, whatever the reasons may be, that is not always the case. I would rather the state, if I was in that situation, took care of that than relying on the sometimes fickle charity of others. Much more dignified, really. Anyway, some (some, I wrote) give because it gives them a feeling of power - they are in a position to do so, you are not. Raise taxes to help more...I've no problem with paying a bit more tax for that...I love the US but take a leaf from Europe's book with this - and we are doing not that badly, by the way...nothing wrong with Democratic Socialism...make a million, no problem, but don't leave others behind...

  • ThornBirds St.George, Utah
    March 11, 2013 10:23 a.m.

    One can blame the "leftists" or whomever they choose.
    However, the bottom line is that children are starving. We won't discuss the starving adults if that fits in better with your political think tank.
    Children are unable think at school if they are hungry. It is natures way of telling us we are heading from trouble unless we eat.
    Adults don't work well either if they are without the means to get something to eat throughout the day.
    So, go ahead conservative legislators and your voting block......... do away with the food stamp program if it offends you and provides you a more comfortable way of living in America.

  • Kent C. DeForrest Provo, UT
    March 11, 2013 9:51 a.m.

    It's interesting to see the comments from members of the "Let Them Starve" Party. Of course, a party that is convinced that the answer to every problem is the free market will never understand the nature of most problems or arrive at viable solutions. This issue is similar to health care. There are simply some things the unfettered market cannot do. Consequently, our devotion to "free enterprise" has given us a country with rapidly increasing inequality, where billionaires can't find investments that will give them the return they desire and 50 million people can't afford to feed their families. And Utahns keep voting to make things worse.

  • Iver Salt Lake City, UT
    March 10, 2013 7:04 p.m.

    You can have the government feed them at the cost of mere millions, or they can go to their local church for support. Unless the leftists have the better idea - confiscate your hard earned money to feed children of those who do not work or are unwilling to work...

  • BU52 Provo, ut
    March 10, 2013 5:01 p.m.

    there are certainly those in real dire straits but many of that 17 million have been weened on school, lunch, school breakfast, and other give away programs so that they just expect that someone else will take care of their most basic needs. As the family organization crumbles the kids are left to fend for themselves and are being taught by self-indulgent adults in their lives that a good meal is a bag of chips and a 32 ounce drink. By creating more food give away's we are only scratching the surface of the problem.

  • kathybeebee Ephrata, WA
    March 9, 2013 6:05 p.m.

    Frequently when I was a child, if my brothers collected on their paper routes, we could have supper of a box of macaroni elbows (26 cents) and a can of tomato sauce (15 cents). If not, maybe there was enough stuff in the cupboard to make baking powder biscuits. Maybe not. Nobody cared about carbs back then, just about filling up. It was the mid-60s, 6 kids, SAH mom, dad worked but frequented the bars.

    Food insecurity is an excellent term; it's not a new concept. I am in my 60s now and reasonably financially secure. I regularly volunteer at the local food bank and I see people who feed their family from the shelves coming in, their bodies covered with expensive professional tattoos, and I am 11 again and so angry.

  • JRJ Pocatello, ID
    March 8, 2013 10:29 p.m.

    I agree that children should not go hungry, but I have questions about how to deal with the situation. After you feed them today, what does tomorrow bring if parents and communities are not rallying around to help them become a family with the means to do what the state should NOT be doing ? Tomorrow comes and both parents and children are hungry. I know our community supplies free lunch in the summer. The paper always reports that many, more are there and seem to indicate that the economy is so much worse off. I know for a fact that because there is free food and nobody asks any questions, everybody - rich, poor, day cares, strangers coming through town, everybody - takes the children there for lunch. During the school year, there are free lunches and reduced lunches and although they ask about income, nobody seems to check on the validity of the information. Those people could be needy or not. When that became the norm, breakfast was then provided under the same conditions. The problem is deeper than just being hungry because it won't go away if someone keeps providing food. I have no answers, just questions.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    March 8, 2013 4:24 p.m.

    Children should never go hungry. We send billions to other countries and allow our own little ones to starve. This is obscene. I can't begin to calculate the waste that funnels into the federal government in tax dollars that never makes to the mouth of a hungry child but instead ends up in some union boss's pension fund to secure votes for the next election.

  • sally Kearns, UT
    March 7, 2013 6:47 p.m.

    My observation is that many people do not know how to cook or plan meals. They want instant food that costs more with no or little preparation. When I was working, I learned to use a crock pot for dinner meals. I could purchase less expensive cuts of meat to use in soup or stew. I prepared everything I could the night before, then planned about 10 minutes in the morning to complete the process. It worked out well--the food was ready when I walked in the door. I have experimented with the dollars provided for food stamp recipients in my home. There was adequate healthy food with careful planning.