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Most Unfriendly Country To Visit: USA, Could be but we solved the huinger problem

No more 'hungry' Americans: US government says
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The US government has tweaked its terminology in referring to the nearly 11 million Americans who face a constant struggle with hunger to refer to them as people with "very low food security."
According to a report released this month by the US Department of Agriculture, roughly 35 million Americans had difficulty feeding themselves in 2005 and of those some 10.8 million went hungry.

But unlike last year's report on hunger in America, which labeled families who don't get enough to eat as having "food insecurity with hunger," this year's report referred to them as having "very low food security."
The change in terminology has angered groups that fight hunger who say it is aimed at hiding a stark reality.
"There is very widespread feeling that it was a mistake to water down the language," Jim Weill, director of the Washington-based Food Research and Action Center, a non-profit organization, told AFP.
"There are 35 million people in this country who are struggling with hunger, no matter what you call it," he added. "An there is no way ultimately to obscure the fact that we're an incredibly wealthy country with 35 million people who are struggling with hunger." US officials have defended the change, saying it is based on a recommendation from the National Academies, which advises the government on science and medical issues.
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hey, it's only 10% of our population.. who cares, right?



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I can't see how it is accurate. Food stamps are pretty much automatic in this country, and churches poor out so much they end up throwing a lot of it away.

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food stamps are only automatic if you're a minority. sorry, that's the truth.



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That's true, I got turned down.
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Can I qualify? I will get thrown out if I apply even though I qualify just based on income and how many mouths I have to feed.
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From what you have said, yes, you can.

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From what you have said, yes, you can.
I said based on income only but I think they look for net worth for consideration
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Yes and no, it is what you have left over after you pay your bills. You'd be surprised how many white suburban homeowners with fat mortgage payments get foodstamps. The question asked is whether after paying your bills you have enough money to feed your family a decent diet. Car payments are excluded, as you are expected to sell your car to pay it off and buy a clunker. You also have to have zero equity if you own a home, in fact you really can't have any asset that can be converted to cash other than a car to get to work. Unemployment recepients are pretty much automatic, as are those receiving Social Security as their only source of income.

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once again.. not as automatic as you may think.. but yes.. any assets, they want you to convert into cash.. car is not a necessity nor is a phone according to the distributors. it all depends on the state also.



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