Picturing Hunger in America

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Registered: 05-31-2011
Picturing Hunger in America
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Sat, 02-22-2014 - 9:08am

Warning: these images may shatter your firmly-formed stereotypical ideas about those who struggle in America.

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/breaking-stereotypes-women-use-cameras-aim-at-hunger/

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Avatar for savcal2011
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Registered: 10-06-2010
Sat, 02-22-2014 - 1:28pm

blackandwhitemolly wrote:
<div style="color:#111111; font-family:Arial, Helvetica, Helvetica, Geneva, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-style:normal; font-variant:normal; font-weight:normal; text-align:left; text-indent:0px; text-transform:none; background-color:#ffffff"><div><ul></ul></div></div><div style="border-bottom-color:#cccccc; border-bottom-width:1px; border-bottom-style:solid; color:#111111; font-family:Arial, Helvetica, Helvetica, Geneva, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-style:normal; font-variant:normal; font-weight:normal; text-align:left; text-indent:0px; text-transform:none; background-color:#ffffff"><div><div><div><p>It was made clear in the doctor's story that the husband was taking care of the children while she was recuperating from her stroke. </p><p>Yes and he was a SAHP before that. I am sure if they were in such dire straights, he could have picked up something while still taking care of her. Again, with stories like this, you never hear the whole story so it all turns into assumptions.</p></div></div></div></div>

And you are the one ASSuming.

"I don’t mind a banshee, that’s fine. 2 banshees? I HATE you. I actually wish bad things upon you." -- Day[9] Daily #459 P1

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Registered: 10-06-2010
Sat, 02-22-2014 - 1:29pm

blackandwhitemolly wrote:
<div style="color:#111111; font-family:Arial, Helvetica, Helvetica, Geneva, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-style:normal; font-variant:normal; font-weight:normal; text-align:left; text-indent:0px; text-transform:none; background-color:#ffffff"><div><ul></ul></div></div><div style="border-bottom-color:#cccccc; border-bottom-width:1px; border-bottom-style:solid; color:#111111; font-family:Arial, Helvetica, Helvetica, Geneva, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-style:normal; font-variant:normal; font-weight:normal; text-align:left; text-indent:0px; text-transform:none; background-color:#ffffff"><div><div><div><p>I imagine that a person recovering from a series of strokes--even a young person--needs care also. It would take a fairly high income to overcome the cost of childcare for multiple young children and home nursing.</p><p>The piece was meant to expose a different perspective about financial difficulty. I see that you've gained absolutely nothing from it. Not really surprised. </p><p>Again, I did say I know thing happen in life. Did you read others comments? I am not the only one who felt the same way.</p></div></div></div></div>

All that shows is that there are other people that are as heartless and clueless as you are.

"I don’t mind a banshee, that’s fine. 2 banshees? I HATE you. I actually wish bad things upon you." -- Day[9] Daily #459 P1

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Registered: 02-24-2009
Sat, 02-22-2014 - 1:53pm
"and I could not imagine the sadness of not being able to feed my children." ------ I am with you on that, and the rest of your post too for that matter.
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Registered: 05-31-2011
Sat, 02-22-2014 - 2:12pm

Empty, I love that you put that much thought and consideration in your donating!

I've seen up close and personally that some people sell their food stamps and rely on the food banks because they need to pay something else vital, like a utility bill, a car repair, or rent. Living in poverty and on assistance isn't as comfortable as some seem to think that it is. 

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Registered: 12-22-2013
Sat, 02-22-2014 - 3:49pm

Yes, everyone can only assume with a 4 minute story.

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Registered: 12-22-2013
Sat, 02-22-2014 - 3:50pm

All that shows is that there are other people that are as heartless and clueless as you are.

No, just people with a little common sense.

How did she open her own business when she couldnt even afford food? There is a lot missing to this story.

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Registered: 12-22-2013
Sat, 02-22-2014 - 3:53pm

Or sell them for cigarettes, beer and drugs. Food stamps and welfare were made for dire need. I am 100% for it when it is truly needed as anyone could be that person who needs it. Too many people make poor choices over and over and expect others to take care of them. 

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Registered: 05-13-2009
Sat, 02-22-2014 - 7:43pm

blackandwhitemolly wrote:
<p>Or sell them for cigarettes, beer and drugs. Food stamps and welfare were made for dire need. I am 100% for it when it is truly needed as anyone could be that person who needs it. Too many people make poor choices over and over and expect others to take care of them. </p>

It is estimated that less than 2% are participating in welfare fraud. Though I wish that it was closer to 0, I'm ok that there is a social safety net that people can have food and shelter and take care of their children. 98%+ are playing by the rules.

The only people I know on welfare or food stamps came on hard times due to medical hardship and disability, mental illness, or the economic collapse of 2008 with longterm unemployment. All would "choose" a different path. None made the choice.

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Registered: 12-22-2013
Sat, 02-22-2014 - 10:38pm

I have experience with someone coming up to me and other shoppers in a store asking to pay for groceries with food stamps for cash.   This is nothing unusual I have been hearing. Unfortunately, not everyone on welfare and food stamps are there because they feel on bad times. I believe in the system for people who truly need it. 

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Registered: 02-24-2009
Sun, 02-23-2014 - 3:07am

"Unfortunately, not everyone on welfare and food stamps are there because they feel on bad times."

Don't you think that your experiences with your MIL color your views on this? Consider that she is in that 2% Chestnut mentioned.

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