Hunger in New York City

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Joel Berg, the executive director of the New York City Coalition Against Hunger, explains how social programs managed to prevent widespread starvation during the great recession.

The recession has prolonged and extended the need for social programs as it has enlarged the population of the homeless and poor. But according to Berg, the good news that didn't get much mention in the just passed election is that social programs managed to prevent widespread starvation and hold the line food insecurity.


Joel Berg

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What a bunch of liberal BS...almost makes me want to withdraw my vote and give it to's when liberals like this guest and the host drone on about the poor (who are all fat so obviously not undernourished) and those in public housing without lights (boring no one gives a damn) it almost makes me a Repub.!

Nov. 23 2012 12:13 AM
Cady Landa from Waltham, MA

Thank you for this beautiful story about how the Food Stamp Program (SNAP) is important to people who can't afford food, the wonderful amendment sponsored by Senator Gillibrand to improve on the thrifty food plan, followed by John Hockenberry's meditation on how everything for all of us would fall apart if people who have more do not share with people who have less. It is so unusual to find anything like this on popular media. Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you.

Nov. 22 2012 11:27 AM

The fact that the numbers of the homeless and the poor have risen and widespread starvation was averted didn't get much mention in the election thanks to the media because they couldn't quite spin it to favor Obama at the time. Now that he was re-elected and the crash of the economy is on its way, people in desperation look for help which is exactly where the left want us.

This is "good news about the recession" because it makes more and more people dependent on the government which is an excuse to expand the government which is the business that the Democratic Party and its public radio friends are in.
The problem is that eventually the money runs out when people are forced and encouraged to go on the dole by "progressive" politicians seeking to expand their power over the citizen.

Statists in the government sabotage economy with their regulations and programs and then come in with more expensive regulations and programs to alleviate the damage they caused. That is how you get 16 trillion in debt and counting with a demoralized and dependent citizen. Looked toward Europe or California to see the results of that ideology.

End hunger by 2015? Why not end athlete's foot while he's at it. Nothing ends hunger more than a regular pay check from a private employer. Nothing promotes hunger more than a regular welfare check from the government which takes the money from the private employer making the takers outnumber the makers.

Nov. 22 2012 11:23 AM

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