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Food Pantries Overwhelmed at Thanksgiving

November 20, 2012

What a sad but completely unsurprising turn of events in November of 2012.

Even sadder? This is what 51% of America voted for.

Ben Shapiro of Breitbart.com reports…

President Obama’s most solid strongholds are suffering from economic disaster under his presidency, according to new reports. A University of Michigan study shows that 80 percent of people in southeast Michigan have been blasted by financial problems between 2007 and 2011. Those stastics were even higher among blacks without a college degree.

Assistant UM Professor of Social Work Kristen Seefeldt stated, according to local reports, that “researchers were shocked by the high levels of food insecurity, with nearly 28 percent of people interviewed did not have stable, reliable access to food or were forced to change their eating habits for financial reasons.” Some people, says Seefeldt, are skipping meals; that included many people with a job.

A few hundred miles to the East, Boston is running out of giveaway turkeys for the poverty-stricken. Three days in advance of Thanksgiving, the Pear Street Cupboard and Café in Framingham, Massachusetts, is out of turkeys. According to organizers, “requests for help are up 400 percent over last year.”

Moving south a few hundred miles, New York City food pantries and soup kitchens are shutting down at record rates thanks to overburden. One in four food pantries and soup kitchens have gone dark since 2007. “We’ve seen that food shortages are more commonplace and occur more broadly in our network and when people are turned away from a food pantry or a soup kitchen, it is most commonly due to a lack of food,” said Triada Stampas of the Food Bank for New York City. That was before Hurricane Sandy.

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