Where Are America's 49 Million Hungry - An Interactive Map

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As of 2012, the most recent year for which data are available, there were about 49 million Americans who, sadly, describe themselves as "food insecure," meaning they have limited access to sufficient amounts of food, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Interviews with several food banks around the country suggest things haven't really improved since then. A new report from the hunger relief charity 'Feeding America' throws the nation’s struggle with hunger into an even starker light. The report, titled "Map the Meal Gap 2014," breaks the USDA’s data down county by county, giving a more nuanced picture of food insecurity. As the Interactive report below reveals, HuffPo notes that there are 16 counties in the U.S. with more than 100,000 "food insecure" children -- a number you might expect to see in a developing country rather than the world’s wealthiest nation.

 

 

 

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Thu, 05/08/2014 - 22:36 | 4742163 navy62802
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'MURICA!!!

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 22:45 | 4742179 RafterManFMJ
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.
"Yes, I'm 'food insecure.'

"But Ma'am, you must weigh over 300 pounds!?"

...she drives off on her Hoveround toward the WalMart McDonalds...

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 23:15 | 4742255 markmotive
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Welcome to the destruction of the American Middle Class

http://www.planbeconomics.com/2013/08/the-destruction-of-americas-middle...

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 23:37 | 4742278 Manthong
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Presented without comment.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2573749/Is-racism-making-FAT-Victims-prejudice-greater-risk-obesity.html

But I will say that if there are 49 million poor, hungry Americans in this sorry excuse for a nation, I will eat all of their EBT cards.

Again, the libtards in .gov are trying to play us.

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 23:51 | 4742330 StacksOnStacks
Fri, 05/09/2014 - 06:43 | 4742742 blindfaith
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Your ignorance is dumbfounding.

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 07:02 | 4742761 espirit
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Let them grow, we'll need them to make bio-diesel.

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 08:48 | 4742909 I am more equal...
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Want to see a high correlation?

Overlay the red - blue voting history on this map.

I bet you Bernakes's beard that the high hunger areas are redder than Lucille Ball's hair.

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 09:57 | 4743119 Manthong
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Including the lice?

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 10:20 | 4743206 GeorgeHayduke
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Modern day obesity in 'Murca does involve inactivity. However, the food people do eat is a major problem. It's high in carbs and sugars. Sugar has moved into everything sold in grocery stores. I won't even go into the sodas. The worst joke of all is the diet soda I see so many fat people, especially women, drinking obsessively. Diet soda is the worst thing you can buy in the grocery store. It's worse than rat poison.

The other thing I've noticed lately is the high rate of smokers these days. It seems every other car that pulls up next to me at a light either has two fingers holding up the holy smoking deity or has one hanging from their mouth.

Add stress, poor sleeping habits, inactivity and a total aversion to anything mentally challenging and you have the Obese States of 'Murca.

On a side note, I just love it when one of the huge women gets a great big tattoo on their calf, thigh, or my least favorite across the top of her tits, then feels the need to wear clothing that displays the big canvas of stretched and nasty cottage cheese skin 'n ink for everyone to enjoy. We currently live in the culture of shit. Enjoy!

 

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 06:59 | 4742756 espirit
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The Southern USSA appears to have the lions share of hungry.  Don't be too dumb or lazy to plant some food.

Jeez, 'merikans'.

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 09:43 | 4743063 Shad_ow
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The three counties in central Alabama with the highest concentration of "food deficit" are all majority black.  With the high usage of EBT cards, WIC, and other government programs there it is impossible for the facts presented to be true except by choice.  There may be elderly people who are too proud to accept government assistance who have little to eat and I applaud them.  I would ask family and friends for help or go to my chuch if I were in need.  The government control is out of control.

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 09:55 | 4743066 rqb1
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Esprit, I guess we can learn a lot from you. Maybe you should start a blog

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 07:06 | 4742762 SWRichmond
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Just another reliable indicator of what real inflation is in the reserve currency.  we are really the world's wealthiest nation only when measured in our own currency.  this is just another one of the truths that will be revealed when the dollar falls.  this number roughly mirrors number of people on food stamps and they're probably counting them as food insecure...but how can a nation be truly wealthy when 1/2 of her people must be paid simply to exist?  the only reason the American economy appears to be growing in GDP terms for the past 20 years or more because of deficit spending.  this isnt growth, it's a long and unsustainable government bubble.

 

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 07:38 | 4742798 Its_the_economy...
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number of government workers is growing very nicely, thank you. sarc/

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 07:40 | 4742802 duo
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We need to stop using the "world's wealthiest country" meme.

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 00:36 | 4742409 boogerbently
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You are ABSOLUTELY right !

No, wait a minute, I mean, how dare you imply there is any difference between the blue team and the red team !

<sarc> 

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 01:09 | 4742469 thamnosma
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If it's from the Huffington Post, it just more leftist propaganda and lies designed to redistribute more funds from the productive class to the free shit brigade.  

Did anyone notice nobody in Minnesota is hungry?  

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 01:14 | 4742480 lakecity55
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I heard they had cannibals up there.

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 07:06 | 4742768 GetZeeGold
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Would you like to come over for dinner? We're having fava beans and a nice Chianti......just bring your liver.

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 01:47 | 4742530 verum quod lies
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Also, Vermont and even Massachusetts looks fairly light. Actually, as for most things, for example, crime, gun violence, insert your dysfunction ... % black and 'hispanic' and presto you have your culpret. But don't mention it as you will be called names and that is the worst thing that could happen to you. Sarc. off.

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 07:39 | 4742801 Vampyroteuthis ...
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as you will be called names and that is the worst thing that could happen to you.

You might be called rayciss?? The horror!!!

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 06:53 | 4742751 blindfaith
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see, if you listen and watch FOX, you would know that there are no hungry childern, America is healthy and needs no healthcare, that South Carolina should be able to bring back slavery as a State's Right, that women shold do what a man says and shut the hell up, that debt is good, that Mexicans are destroying this country, etc.. 

Gots luv FOX for seeing America as you do.

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 07:50 | 4742810 booboo
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Fox, Koch's, The South, Fox, Koch's, The South, Fox, Koch's, The South,
Fox, Koch's, The South, Fox, Koch's, Fox, Koch's, The South,
Blah. Blah, blah, bleat, bleat bleat, zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
Stay asleep, that way you won't notice the ax fall.

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 09:31 | 4743019 insanelysane
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Blindfaith,

The conservative viewpoint isn't that there are no hungry people in the US, the viewpoint is that you can take all of the money from the earners in this country, every last dime from them, and hand it to the government and you will still have hungry people in the US and you actually may end up with more hungry people in the US.

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 10:34 | 4743252 thamnosma
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Collectivists can't grasp that concept.  Why such a totalitarian would be attracted to this website, I haven't a clue.

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 10:36 | 4743256 thamnosma
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That pretty much sums up the repetoire of the brainwashed "progressive" supporters.

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 06:01 | 4742699 OldPhart
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Wisconson is too fuckin cold nine months of the year...I'll just stay in Commiefornia.

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 08:17 | 4742837 NuckingFuts
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Yep, that just the attitude we love to hear in Wisconsin. Stay where you are, don't come here it's too cold. It thins out the slackers. No offense to you, but you see my point. Brrrr..... Stay in California.

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 06:57 | 4742755 blindfaith
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MANTHONG...humm, isn't a manthong one of those porn things that cover your cock and lets your ass hang out?  Or is it the other way around?

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 07:36 | 4742796 Stripey Magee
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Actually both sides are playing us, it's divide and conquer. What they do is bicker over matters that in the greater scheme of things have little importance. Give them a bill to do mass spying or indefinite detention and they vote in lockstep.

 

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 09:44 | 4743060 plane jain
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There is a lot of research supporting a link between stress and obesity.  Being poor is a stressor by itself.

Recent research shows that chronic stress can not only increase absolute cortisol levels, but more importantly it disrupts the natural cortisol rhythm. And it’s this broken cortisol rhythm that wreaks so much havoc on your body. Among other effects, it:

 

raises your blood sugar

makes it harder for glucose to get into your cells 1

makes you hungry and crave sugar

reduces your ability to burn fat

suppresses your HPA-axis, which causes hormonal imbalances

reduces your DHEA, testosterone, growth hormone and TSH levels 2

makes your cells less sensitive to insulin

increases your belly fat and makes your liver fatty

increases the rate at which you store fat

raises the level of fatty acids and triglycerides in your blood

 

The least expensive foods are usually high in sugar, simple carbohydrates, and low quality vegetable oils.  

Sugar and simple carbs are the easiest things for the body to store as fat.  

http://authoritynutrition.com/4-ways-sugar-makes-you-fat/

Most vegetable oils and the fat from animals raised on corn and soy are damaging/inflammatory.  Inflammation is also linked to obesity.

http://raypeat.com/articles/articles/unsaturated-oils.shtml

Then there are those high calorie meals at McD's and such, unhealthy, cheap, and even worse if that makes up your 1 or 2 meals of the day because you live in a food desert.

Previous studies have found that meal patterns (number, duration and size of meals) can affect metabolism. Studies of both humans and animals have shown that taking fewer and larger meals promotes the gain of fat mass and can increase triglycerides, lipids and cholesterol independent of total caloric intake. Conversely, weight gain--even while overeating--can be prevented by consuming smaller, more frequent meals. Whether social stress alters the microstructure of food intake, however, was unclear. 

So I don't know why the existence of fat poor people is such a mystery. 

 

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 09:44 | 4743061 plane jain
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There is a lot of research supporting a link between stress and obesity.  Being poor is a stressor by itself.

Recent research shows that chronic stress can not only increase absolute cortisol levels, but more importantly it disrupts the natural cortisol rhythm. And it’s this broken cortisol rhythm that wreaks so much havoc on your body. Among other effects, it:

 

raises your blood sugar

makes it harder for glucose to get into your cells 1

makes you hungry and crave sugar

reduces your ability to burn fat

suppresses your HPA-axis, which causes hormonal imbalances

reduces your DHEA, testosterone, growth hormone and TSH levels 2

makes your cells less sensitive to insulin

increases your belly fat and makes your liver fatty

increases the rate at which you store fat

raises the level of fatty acids and triglycerides in your blood

 

The least expensive foods are usually high in sugar, simple carbohydrates, and low quality vegetable oils.  

Sugar and simple carbs are the easiest things for the body to store as fat.  

http://authoritynutrition.com/4-ways-sugar-makes-you-fat/

Most vegetable oils and the fat from animals raised on corn and soy are damaging/inflammatory.  Inflammation is also linked to obesity.

http://raypeat.com/articles/articles/unsaturated-oils.shtml

Then there are those high calorie meals at McD's and such, unhealthy, cheap, and even worse if that makes up your 1 or 2 meals of the day because you live in a food desert.

Previous studies have found that meal patterns (number, duration and size of meals) can affect metabolism. Studies of both humans and animals have shown that taking fewer and larger meals promotes the gain of fat mass and can increase triglycerides, lipids and cholesterol independent of total caloric intake. Conversely, weight gain--even while overeating--can be prevented by consuming smaller, more frequent meals. Whether social stress alters the microstructure of food intake, however, was unclear. 

So I don't know why the existence of fat poor people is such a mystery. 

 

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 10:35 | 4743254 CrazyCatLady
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The people that are food insecure are people like me: in the $50,000/yr bracket.  We fall into that nice crevice that puts our purchasing power on par with a 25,000/yr single mom welfare queen.  Poor people who are fat are most definately living off a snap card, and they sure aint hungry.  It those of us caught in the middle that can barely afford to feed ourselves and put gas in the car to get to work.  Bang on the FSA all you want, but they arent the real hungries in this case.

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 23:40 | 4742299 kchrisc
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While you keep your eye on he 300 pound lady, I still have mine on the criminal and treasonous pols and crats and their thieving bankster masters.

That big ass lady doesn't have a "thieving press" or drones.

 

"My guillotine says, 'See something, cut something'."

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 01:42 | 4742525 MrPalladium
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"My guillotine says, 'See something, cut something'."

+10,000!!! Absolutely priceless!!

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 08:35 | 4742876 Cugel
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>That big ass lady doesn't have a "thieving press" or drones.

But she sure as hell votes for those that do.

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 23:52 | 4742304 ACP
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Yes, exactly. The areas with the greatest 'food insecurity' are the areas with the most obesity. Didn't ZH post an obesity map before? Well, regardless, here is an obesity map:

http://www.maxmasnick.com/2011/11/15/obesity_by_county/

(apparently created with raw data from the CDC here: http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/adult.html )

 

Looks eeeeeeeerily familiar to the 'food insecurity' map.

 

Edit: Ah, here it is, I knew ZH posted an obesity map before... http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2012-11-21/guest-post-american-diet-self-d...

Which, again, looks like the 'food insecurity' map.

I'm telling ya, gotta double check all that HuffPo bullshit...if I were a lard-ass, I would probably consider myself insecure if I didn't have 20 pounds of food to shovel in my face every day.

 

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 00:00 | 4742346 TBT or not TBT
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Poor and fat go together, because carbs are cheap and uniquely fattening, as they directly stimulate the production of the most powerful fat storage hormone, insulin.

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 00:25 | 4742390 sylviasays
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The poor aren't always fat and the fat aren't always poor. 

Now being stupid and fat might go together? 

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 00:50 | 4742437 Never One Roach
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Look at it as 'an opportunity"....

Plus-Size Hotels Equal Big Business

 

"It's not a hotel just for large people. It's a size-friendly place where anyone can enjoy a holiday," said owner Jurrian Klink, a Dutchman who thought up the idea while observing the behavior of overweight guests at his former hotel.

Recent reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (search) say nearly 65 percent of Americans are overweight — 31 percent are considered obese (search). With numbers like that, it seemed imminent that a plus-size travel market would pop onto the scene — and it has.

 

 

http://www.foxnews.com/story/2003/06/20/plus-size-hotels-equal-big-busin...

 

 

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 01:08 | 4742467 Balanced Integer
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Good Lord! The overseas tourism industry is tailoring itself to our "massive" (snerk!) population of fat-fucks.

America...Fuck Yeah?

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 01:08 | 4742462 Balanced Integer
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That is some might fine data comparison you pulled up there, ACP. +1

So being fat and being hungry go hand-in-glove. Who knew that fat people were also hungry all the fuckin' time? (Do I need a sarc tag?)

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 07:43 | 4742803 Its_the_economy...
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No sarc tag needed.

Idiot tag documented.

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 01:15 | 4742484 lakecity55
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well, hey, only eating cheetos will make you insecure...

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 05:02 | 4742665 Serenity Now
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Don't insult Cheetos.  :)

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 04:48 | 4742656 Nexus789
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Flippant....fat does not mean healthy eating. The food these people eat is nutritionally very poor but cheap.

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 09:54 | 4743108 Ghostdog
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All part of the plan... :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dk01eeKMD_I 

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 23:38 | 4742295 Pairadimes
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America, where the rich people are thin and the poor people are fat.

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