The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

In the supposed good times, hunger increases

Jul 10, 2006

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the number of people who had trouble finding money for food in 2004 was 38 million, up 15% from 2000. Many of these people eat only due to charity. Second Harvest, a network of more than 200 food pantries and emergency kitchens, says it served 25 million people, many of them in families where at least one person worked. They say high heating costs, gas prices and medical prices didn’t leave people with enough money for food.

Another charity program is trying to deal with kids who don’t eat over the weekends. At Friday school lunch, children begin to panic because they won’t get enough to eat over the weekend. At Monday morning’s breakfast in school, some children have grabbed the food of the kids next to them. Today some 70 food banks are sending home backpacks filled with food, but it’s a small amount compared to all the hungry children and parents.

This is a picture of working class reality today during a time of record profits for the corporations.