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    Re: Report: Nearly a quarter of all Americans struggle to afford food

    Quote Originally Posted by justabubba View Post
    i do not see starving people
    but i see hungry people
    about 280 a week these days
    i am certain that some could afford to buy a meal for themselves if our soup kitchen was not open
    but i am equally certain that most who show up to eat would not have access to a meal otherwise
    which tells me we have hunger in the USA
    and since the great recession, the numbers have increased
    Soup kitchens feed homeless which have a difficult time getting food stamps and it is a needed service for those that fall between the cracks. Would you agree that most patrons of these kitchens have drug and or alcohol problems?

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    Re: Report: Nearly a quarter of all Americans struggle to afford food

    Quote Originally Posted by sawyerloggingon View Post
    Soup kitchens feed homeless which have a difficult time getting food stamps and it is a needed service for those that fall between the cracks. Would you agree that most patrons of these kitchens have drug and or alcohol problems?
    no, i wouldn't
    i do know some that do
    maybe not a majority, but a significant portion have mental health issues
    another substantial number have low level life and work skills. in a booming economy they would probably have low level, nominally sustaining jobs
    but in our present economy, they have been displaced by higher skilled/higher functioning applicants
    we have a group that exploits every free thing that society offers, including a free (well prepared) meal at the soup kitchen
    and we have quite a few who are on the margins; this free meal saves them money they are able to spend on other needs
    when we first embarked on this project 4.5 years ago, i expected a huge number of guests with chemical dependency problems. i have been presently surprised to see that number is not very large. but those that are addicted appear to also be among the most vulnerable, like many of those with severe mental health issues
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    Re: Report: Nearly a quarter of all Americans struggle to afford food

    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce View Post
    Would you like me to link literally dozens of smart phones you can get for free with a two-year contract?

    Do you think about the bull**** you regurgitate or do you just parrot it without question?
    And you show us where all these dead families are that are starving to death. In fact, show me a poor family that isn't fat. Hard to find these days.

    I'm not trying to sound insensitive, but the entitlement mentality in this country breeds people who expect things to be handled for them, and at no real sacrifice. These numbers are vastly overblown.

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    Re: Report: Nearly a quarter of all Americans struggle to afford food

    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce View Post
    Jesus Christ listen to these right-wingers.
    The people who are pointing out the reality? Absolutely. It's better than listening to the left-wingers who are just whining about how bad they feel for people without actually *THINKING* about it.
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    Re: Report: Nearly a quarter of all Americans struggle to afford food

    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce View Post
    Would you like me to link literally dozens of smart phones you can get for free with a two-year contract?

    Do you think about the bull**** you regurgitate or do you just parrot it without question?
    And they have to pay that two-year contract month after month. That's money they could easily use to buy food with. If you're starving (and this study does not say that any of these people are starving), using your money to buy anything unnecessary is foolish.
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    Re: Report: Nearly a quarter of all Americans struggle to afford food

    I'd like to see their statistics and study method considering the fact that obesity is much more prevalent in poorer areas.

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    Re: Report: Nearly a quarter of all Americans struggle to afford food

    Quote Originally Posted by justabubba View Post
    operated entirely by volunteers using food that can no longer be sold by the grocers
    and the folks line up to enjoy it - because they are hungry
    these are the folks some of you insist do not exist
    Sure they exist, some even post here to DP:

    http://www.debatepolitics.com/off-to...-pantries.html
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    Report: Nearly a quarter of all Americans struggle to afford food

    Quote Originally Posted by kenc View Post
    25% is not a bad statistic at all when you consider that just 1% of this country owns almost half of the wealth and the next 9% own the rest.
    So 90% of the population has no money at all? Are you sure about that?
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    Re: Report: Nearly a quarter of all Americans struggle to afford food

    Quote Originally Posted by The Man View Post
    So 90% of the population has no money at all?
    10% own just about everything, meaning that 90% don't own much at all in terms of wealth, yet only 25% of people are having problems finding enough food. Now if the bottom 90% had problems, it might be a serious issue, but just 25% means the system is working great and is just pushing the bottom 25% to try harder to make themselves more relevant and useful to those who own the capital.

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    Report: Nearly a quarter of all Americans struggle to afford food

    Quote Originally Posted by kenc View Post
    10% own just about everything, meaning that 90% don't own much at all in terms of wealth...
    Well that depends on your definition of "don't own much at all in terms of wealth". I earn an average salary, and even I have wealth. I personally know people who earn less than I do, more than I do, and the same as I do who have more wealth and less wealth than I do.

    But you said that the top 10% own ALL of the wealth. That is a completely inaccurate and/or ignorant statement.

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