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November 20, 2007

A Thanksgiving thought

Not to put a damper on your Thanksgiving, but here’s something to think about as you sit down to eat turkey this year. From the Chicago Tribune: “More than 35.5 million people in this country went hungry in 2006 as they struggled to find jobs that can support them ... the Agriculture Department said.

“The 35.5 million people represented more than 1 in 10, or 12.1 percent, who said they did not have enough money or resources to get food for at least some period during the year, according to the department’s annual hunger survey. That is compared with 35.1 million people who made similar claims in 2005.”

The study found that single mothers and their children were among the most likely to suffer. It did not include the homeless.

Kate Houston of the USDA said: “We know we have more work to do. ... No one in America should go hungry.”

I’ll do my part to help by going to FreeRice.com and sending money to the ELCA World Hunger Appeal. But it seems a daunting task. I know no one should go hungry, but is it possible?

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