“The United States has never grown so much food. Scarcity is down, food is cheap, and enough food is produced to provide for every woman, man, and child. Yet, in the world’s richest nation, more than 36 million people, including 14 million children, experience hunger.
The United States Department of Agriculture (U.S.D.A.) reports that in 2000, twelve percent of all American households were "food insecure." In other words, 1 in 10 households could not lead active, healthy lives because they did not have enough to eat. Of these families, 4.2 million households (8.5 million people) had to skip or reduce their meals.”