Food Emergency: Millions of Americans Are Heading to Foodbanks for the First Time in Their Lives
By Chaz Valenza
The good news is there’s no reason anyone should ever starve to death in America. The bad news is more and more working Americans, many earning what were once middle class incomes, are spending their time and scarce money to find their next meal.
Val Traore, the radiant and gregarious CEO of the Food Bank of South Jersey (FBSJ), wanted to make one thing perfectly clear in our discussion of hunger in America today. “We do not have starvation here in the United States. In Mali,” she says, referring to the West African country where about half the population lives below the internationalpoverty lineof $1.25 a day, “if you live in poverty you risk starvation and death. That doesn’t happen here in America.” It’s an important point worth dwelling on.
So what is happening here?