Why Millions Of Americans Go Hungry And How To Address Their Needs

Why Millions Of Americans Go Hungry And How To Address Their Needs

Cuts in food stamps and rising food prices have left nearly 50 million Americans worried about where they'll get their next meal. Who’s hungry in America and efforts to address their needs.

This week many Americans will celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends. But for millions of others, the holiday will mark another day of worrying how they'll feed themselves and their children. On Nov. 1, a temporary boost in the federal food stamp program came to an end. Anti-hunger advocates across the country said they saw an almost immediate rise in the number of people at food pantries and soup kitchens. Congress is seeking billions of dollars in additional cuts over the next decade to the food assistance program, now known as SNAP. Diane talks with representatives of anti-hunger organizations around the U.S. about why so many Americans are not getting enough to eat.

Guests

Jerry Hagstrom

founder and executive editor of The Hagstrom Report, and columnist for National Journal.

Jim Weill

president, Food Research and Action Center.

Triada Stampas

senior director of government relations, Food Bank for New York City.

Terri Stangl

executive director, The Center for Civil Justice, in Flint and Saginaw, Michigan.

Reverend Derrick Harkins

senior pastor, The Nineteenth Street Baptist Church in Washington, D.C.

Celia Cole

CEO, Texas Food Bank Network.

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