WASHINGTON – More than one in seven American households struggled to put enough food on the table in 2008, the highest rate since the Agriculture Department began tracking food security levels in 1995.
That's about 49 million people, or 14.6 percent of U.S. households. The numbers are a significant increase from 2007, when 11.1 percent of U.S. households suffered from what USDA classifies as "food insecurity" — not having enough food for an active, healthy lifestyle.
You know, when I was a kid, all we ever heard about was how bad people in other countries, how they had no food or no access to healthcare. I, along with millions of American kids, went trick or treating with a little orange box to collect for those who were less fortunate. Never thought it would happen here.