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Cali Living by CBHine -- Hungry children

Posted Tuesday, December 18, 2007, at 3:23 PM

Recently on my drive to work one morning, I was reflecting on the holiday season and my overeating! With all the wonderful food at school and Christmas goodies, not to mention the parties, it's like eating my way from one to the other. Then I heard an announcement on the radio that declared that in Los Angles County alone, over 180,000 CHILDREN went to bed hungry each night.

I was stunned, how can this possible be? The program went on to state that close to a half a million households don't get enough to eat or struggle with limited access to nutritious food. It's so unbelievable, ironic and sad that in this land of extreme wealth (Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Pasadena, Westwood, THE OC…on and on and on) so many have to make do on so little. And a child that is what hit me between the eyes….. Children.

Food Insecurity with hunger is the uneasy or painful sensation caused by an involuntary lack of food. Have you heard this term before? I had not, didn't even have a clue! A recent report from the UCLA Center for Heath Policy Research entitled Policy Brief concluded that hunger in Los Angeles County affects over 200,000 low -- income adults (not including children) and another 560,000 are at -- risk of being hungry. They are termed food insecure. Almost one in three low-income adults in Los Angeles County (29.8%) frequently cannot afford to put food on the table.

In the land of plenty, we have a disproportionate number of persons living below the Federal Poverty Level.

Overall in the United States 11.3 % (FPL), California 16% and Los Angeles County 20.5%!!!!!

Children in poverty; United States 16.2%, California 24.6% and Los Angles County 30.5%.

This means that one in seven residents in Los Angeles County is food insecure and one in 17 residents experiences hunger at some time.

Folks, this is what you don't hear about Southern California. The truth is sometimes ugly.


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Unfortuneatly its not just So. Cal. It's a major problem in the U.S. as a whole. Still yet the money that could be used to help our own is given with absolute carelessness to other countries.. When will taking care of our own be politically correct to our legislature in all 50 states. Next time a "third world nation" requests assistants just say no. We have our own citizens to think about.

-- Posted by tx_drifter on Wed, Dec 19, 2007, at 12:37 AM

I completely agree with you. AMEN!!

-- Posted by cbhine on Wed, Dec 19, 2007, at 9:43 AM

There is so much that I would like to say about this, but I would be blabbering on and on for days. See, all the rich dont see the poor. Some do, but not enough. The Gov.? haha! Yeah, they see us. But better relations with another country is to the stablizing of the world. And we wouldnt want to disrupt that now would we?

Our Troops cant get cash, Our Kids Cant get food, and before long we will have a Holiday Tree saying, HAHAHA Maury's Chrismas. I'm sorry but I feel like a broken heart knowing that kids are hungry and nothing is going to stop it.

-- Posted by BadBones on Wed, Dec 19, 2007, at 10:54 AM

YES, its disgraceful!

-- Posted by cbhine on Wed, Dec 19, 2007, at 11:09 AM

If any child in the U.S. goes to bed hungry, it is not the government which is at fault. It is the false premise fostered by demagogues that government is to meet all of societies needs. This has greatly contributed to decline of the family as a viable, self sustaining and integral unit, and it only gets worse with each passing day.

It is also this sense of moral equivalency, (there is no right or wrong) which leads to the total lack of personal responsibility on the part of some whom bring children into this world, then ignore their welfare, or abandon them to the tender mercies of the state, with the inevitable disastrous results we are now witnessing.

As to Southern California, the equation as relates to the vast numbers of illegal immigrants there cannot be ignored. The ones in the most dire of straits, are almost without exception, poor, and totally uneducated, even in their own native languages. These people are reduced to taking the most menial of jobs and pay, preyed upon by those seeking their cheap labor to further their own monetary ends. More often than not, the very ones wringing their hands the most visibly over the poor illegal alien's plight, are the very same ones whom are exploiting them.

-- Posted by Lived There Once on Thu, Dec 27, 2007, at 6:04 PM


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