Starving in that "hot economy"
By Lee Russ, Section Ranting
Posted on Tue Nov 21, 2006 at 03:12:54 PM EST
Want to know how hot the economy--that great economy touted by Bush and all the Bush-alikes--really is? Think about this headline:
Report: Hunger Rising in New York City
Relevant excerpt (emphasis added):
The number of city residents relying on food from charities and unable to feed their families is rising, according to a report issued by an advocacy group.
Nearly one in six city residents lived in households that could not afford to buy enough food during the three year period ending in 2005, according to the New York City Coalition Against Hunger report released Tuesday.
These households made up 15.4 percent of city residents - up from 14 percent between 2000 and 2003, according to the report, which was based in part on figures from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
According to the coalition's survey of the city's food pantries and soup kitchens, the number of people served by those charities rose an estimated 11 percent in 2006.
"I do think there's an increased demand, especially when I know that many of my staff in my own agency utilize food kitchens in between pay periods," the city's top welfare official, Human Resources Commissioner Verna Eggleston, said Monday in testimony at a City Council hearing on hunger.
Well, if you're going to work for the welfare department, you should experience the welfare phenomenon yourself, right?