"Compassionate Conservatism" Brings Us A New Phrase..
.."The Working Poor". DKos has the story, The Hot New Place to Hang Out After Work: Soup Kitchens
. Two reports out that show that family income
has dropped 2.3% from 2001 to 2004. As a result, over the same time food banks usage is up 9%, with 36% using the food banks being employed. Therefore the term "Working Poor. This is the worst part though:
More than 25 million Americans turned to the nation's largest network of food banks, soup kitchens and shelters for meals last year, up 9 percent from 2001.
Those seeking food included 9 million children and nearly 3 million senior citizens, says a report from America's Second Harvest.
"The face of hunger doesn't have a particular color, and it doesn't come from a particular neighborhood," said Ertharin Cousin, executive vice president of the group. "They are your neighbors, they are working Americans, they are senior citizens who have worked their entire lives, and they are children."
This is happening in The United States of America?