Every night in the United States, children go to bed hungry. The sagging economy and high unemployment rate have created more of what the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) terms "food insecure" households than the Census Bureau has seen since it began keeping data on hunger in the mid-1990s. More than half a million households with children are feeling the crunch, and the USDA estimates that one in seven people struggle to find enough to eat.
Hunger in the Untied States doesn't just affect small, rural communities, inner city neighborhoods, the indigent and the dispossessed. It has moved into the bedroom communities of Middle America where single mothers, unemployed parents, the elderly on fixed incomes and people who probably look very much like your neighbors are missing meals or eating less nutritious fare because they don't have the means to do better.