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Hunger in America to be Discussed Thursday in Congress

March 9, 2021 by Tom Ramstack
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WASHINGTON – COVID-19 has exposed a dark underbelly of vulnerability for the U.S. economy: hunger.

Congress plans to take a look on Thursday at what can be done about it, now and in future calamities. The House Agriculture Committee is calling together government and private experts on feeding the hungry.

They plan to review why at least one in nine households is reporting they have less food than they need while the economy tries to recover more than nine million jobs lost in the past year.

“Charitable programs combined with our current ‘entitlement’ programs cannot accomplish the goals of ending hunger and food insecurity,” Alison Cohen, senior director of programs at the advocacy organization WhyHunger, told The Well News. “They do not address the indivisible root causes of hunger, such as racism, falling real wages and rising inequality in income and assets, all stemming from reliance on an extractive economic model.”

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