ADVISORY: All You Can Eat? How Hungry is America in Good Times versus Recession?
WASHINGTON, DC—Food is one of life’s most basic necessities. However, in 2007, 36.2 million Americans, including 12.4 million children, either did not have enough food or feared that they wouldn’t have enough at some point during the year. This problem has only intensified in the subsequent two years due to spikes in food prices and a recession that has expanded the demand for food stamps and emergency food services while driving people to increasingly purchase cheaper, but less nutritious foods.
These current circumstances are firmly at the steps of a new presidential administration and Congress that are grappling to find avenues for 1) rebuilding a troubled economy and 2) meeting the basic needs of America’s most disadvantaged families. Thus, the time is ripe for a discussion focused on America’s food problem and current directions in federal, state, and local policies.
Please join the Center for American Progress for a provocative discussion of the current data on hunger and food insecurity, the recovery package and other federal legislation that can help address the problem, the impact of lower incomes on food choices and household nutrition, and ideas for how the Obama administration can reach its goal of ending child hunger by 2015.
Featured Speakers: Joel Berg, Executive Director, New York City Coalition Against Hunger; author, All You Can Eat: How Hungry Is America? Judith Bell, President, PolicyLink Jim Weill, President, Food Research and Action Center
Moderated by: Joy Moses, Policy Analyst, Poverty Program, Center for American Progress
A light lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m.
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