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USDA: 17 million families struggled to get enough food in 2009

By Kimberly Kindy

Nearly 17 million families in America - roughly 15 percent of all households - had trouble putting enough food on their tables at some point last year, a federal report released Monday morning shows.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture also found that 5.6 million of these households had chronic problems throughout the year that severely disrupted normal eating patterns. Between 500,000 and 1 million of the people affected in the homes were children.

"It's a considerable reflection of what is going on in the economy," said Kevin Concannon, USDA under secretary for food, nutrition and consumer services.

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By Kimberly Kindy  | November 15, 2010; 11:38 AM ET
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Rainfall is off in much of these United States again this year. Manhours has very little effect on farm production. This problem as most others can not be solved with work, labor, or the like. The remedy or answer if you will is to use the government to award benefits generously. Work not only reduces yield it makes things far worse with disease, poverty wages, and many different forms of pollution. Heat caused by unnecessary work worsens drought, crop diseases and increases cost. Local audiences limit this problem while large centralized mobs of course make things worse. Someday in the not so near future weekly or daily sporting events will be further limited.

Posted by: mullarkeymichael | November 15, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

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