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babsbunny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 05:39 PM
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US families rely on handouts in world's richest country
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/may/01/recession-f...

Working parents feed their children in soup kitchens as cost of living soars

Each Friday, teachers in elementary schools in a corner of the richest country in the world quietly slip packs of peanut butter, fruit and granola bars into some pupils' bags - enough food to get them through the weekend before school dinners resume on Monday.

Not a word is said to the pupils or their parents because, even as the number of families in West Virginia dependent on food handouts continues to rise, many are ashamed to admit to their friends and neighbours that they need help.

"The teachers spot the children they think aren't getting enough to eat at home, those from families they know are having difficulties," said Carla Nardella, who heads the state's main food bank which distributes free boxes of groceries and supplies soup kitchens in West Virginia.
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AllentownJake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 05:43 PM
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1. This was going on before the total economic meltdown
Edited on Sat May-02-09 05:44 PM by AllentownJake
In our inner city Obama office some of the local kids were always stealing the food.

We put them to work shredding paper and building stuff for the Halloween parade. That way they were volunteers and they weren't stealing the food they were eating the food like any other volunteer would. We had to keep an eye on some of them because they would literally take everything and we wouldn't have anything for the other volunteers. One of them asked me if he could work on the Obama parade float next year, I had to explain to him the office was closing after the election. After I did that I went into my car and cried.

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