Food insecurity plagues single-parent families

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  • Love Utah Draper, UT
    Aug. 4, 2013 11:17 a.m.

    Can't afford food? Is that because iphones and ipads come first?

  • K Mchenry, IL
    Aug. 4, 2013 6:41 a.m.

    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.

  • Nan BW ELder, CO
    Aug. 2, 2013 2:34 p.m.

    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 ahead.

  • Gildas LOGAN, UT
    Aug. 1, 2013 10:26 a.m.

    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 other.

  • BYUtah Fan Herriman, UT
    July 23, 2013 1:03 p.m.

    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.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    July 23, 2013 8:24 a.m.

    Perhaps if we had a better social safety net for single parent families.

  • RanchHand Huntsville, UT
    July 23, 2013 6:40 a.m.

    Who knew. (slash sarcasm)