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The number of family visits to CARES (each visit by a family) was 7,119 in 2006 and was 8,153 in 2007. A 14% annual increase!

Number of Americans Going Hungry Increases
 In an article published on November 16, 2009 by FOXNews.com from the Associated Press and compiled by the USDA, the statistics revealed are
sobering concerning the number of Americans going hungry.  In 2008, more than one in seven households struggled to put enough food on the
table.  That’s about 49 million people. 

This is a significant increase in what the USDA classifies as “food insecurity” — not having enough food for
an active, healthy lifestyle.  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the numbers would most likely be higher in 2009 because of the global
economic  slow down.    The report also showed an increasing number of children in the United States are suffering.  In 2008, 16.7 million children were classified as not having enough food, 4.3 million more than in 2007.      “What should really shock  us  is that almost one in four  children in our country lives on the brink of hunger,” said David Beckmann, the President of Bread of the World, an advocacy organization.    Vilsack said that it would take a concerted effort to reduce the number of Americans who face a lack of food.      “There’s an opportunity here for the country to make a major commitment to focus on ways we can improve this process and make sure that food is safe and available for everyone.”
 
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