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  •  Hunger among young adults (7+ / 0-)

    I have no stats, only anecdotal evidence, but I'm hearing more and more about the problem of hunger among young adults - those just out of high school and college.

    My son volunteers for Food Not Bombs every week.  He sees a lot of kids his age, many college grads in their mid to late 20's, who can't find full time work and who often go hungry.  They dumpster dive and buy cheap bulk foods when they can.  Many of them can't afford a working car, they tend to rely heavily on public transportation and walking.  

    One of his friends, a girl with a college degree who works part time for one of the big search engine companies, who only had rice to eat for an entire week.

    This has been going on for years, at least since 2007.  It makes me so sad and angry that our kids are having trouble meeting their most basic needs when they should be building their own future as adults.

    It is an old strategy of tyrants to delude their victims into fighting their battles for them. FDR

    by Betty Pinson on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 06:05:10 AM PST

    •  This is appalling to hear, Betty. (4+ / 0-)
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      I suppose I'm so focused on children in particular that I don't think about young adults.  Of course that age group struggles and what's worse is they are exactly demographic that would go unnoticed.  They probably have no idea of where to turn for assistance, even if there is any assistance available for them and they would not tend to speak up about it either.

      Thank you for the link to Food Not Bomb, I'm bookmarking it so I can explore all the links.  Thank you son for me for the hours he puts into this worthwhile organization.

      As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

      by JaxDem on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 06:25:49 AM PST

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      •  They want jobs, not hand outs (5+ / 0-)

        I feel badly that so many of them are deep in debt for their college educations, yet they can't earn enough to feed themselves regularly, let alone pay off student loans.

        The young urban community is a resilient bunch.  They share housing in coops, they share food when they can, they help each other out.  Many who work in restaurants try to help out. They're a fairly tightly knit, well organized group. We saw a lot of them during the Occupy protests last year - well educated, bright, hard working kids who have a pretty bleak future ahead of them.

        Many try to get by starting their own businesses, pooling resources and skills, but its a day to day struggle in this economy.  The fact that its been going on for several years now with no end in sight is most distressing.  

        It is an old strategy of tyrants to delude their victims into fighting their battles for them. FDR

        by Betty Pinson on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 06:56:14 AM PST

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    •  That was once me (5+ / 0-)
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      When I was in grad school, I lived on $7 a week for food (Of course, this was the early 70s so that's not as awful as it seems). In fact, that was the original reason i gave up meat. I also gave up all forms of non-nutritious calories which was good in a way because it's left me with a permanent distaste for things like cheese curls and soft drinks.

      Jon Husted is a dick.

      by anastasia p on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 07:43:58 AM PST

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