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Hunger in America is not a food issue it is an economic issue There is plenty of food to go around If people are starving or undernourished it is because of their own stupidity not for going and collecting public assistance Every person can get a job if they choose to work Poverty is driven because people have little or no education Social back round and pockets of poverty areas also contribute to the poverty issue Another driver that increased year over year is the single parent household Each year the number of children born to parents out of wedlock is increasing Eliminate poverty through education and Hunger in America will go awayThere has been many programs and legislation over the last few years and decades to address the war on poverty and the need to provide education for those who will be able to support themselves The two issues that best address the problems of food insecurity are The Hunger Relief Act of 1999 S 1805 sponsored by Senator Edward Kennedy D-MA and Arlen Specter R-PA joined by Senators Jim Jeffords R-VT and Patrick Leahy D-VT As well as it companion bill in the House HR3192 sponsored by James Walsh R-NY and Sue Kelly R-NY Another great program is the Welfare Reform Act that addresses in detail Education and Training The Hunger Relief Act of 1999 addresses food insecurity This is done because it targets Food Stamps improvements to insure adequate nutrition assistance for at risk groups such as elderly children and low income families The USDA identified that in 1998 there were over 6 million adults and over three million children that experienced hungerPoverty has driven people to be hungry It is not uncommon for some to make choices whether to eat or have shelter over their head Hunger takes it toll whether through health risk slow development lower test scores and lower grades in school Although I have identified poverty as the
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