All You Can Eat: How Hungry is America?

All You Can Eat: How Hungry is America?

by Joel Berg
     
 

ISBN-10: 1583228543

ISBN-13: 9781583228548

Pub. Date: 11/04/2008

Publisher: Seven Stories Press

With the biting wit of Supersize Me and the passion of a lifelong activist, Joel Berg has his eye on the growing number of people who are forced to wait on lines at food pantries across the nation—the modern breadline. All You Can Eat reveals that hunger is a problem as American as apple pie, and shows what it is like when your income is not enough to cover

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With the biting wit of Supersize Me and the passion of a lifelong activist, Joel Berg has his eye on the growing number of people who are forced to wait on lines at food pantries across the nation—the modern breadline. All You Can Eat reveals that hunger is a problem as American as apple pie, and shows what it is like when your income is not enough to cover rising housing and living costs and put food on the table.
Berg takes to task politicians who remain inactive; the media, which ignores hunger except during holidays and hurricanes; and the food industry, which makes fattening, artery-clogging fast food more accessible to the nation's poor than healthy fare. He challenges the new president to confront the most unthinkable result of US poverty—hunger—and offers a simple and affordable plan to end it for good.
A spirited call to action, All You Can Eat shows how practical solutions for hungry Americans will ultimately benefit America's economy and all of its citizens.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781583228548
Publisher:
Seven Stories Press
Publication date:
11/04/2008
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
1,156,323
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction Hunger Amidst Plenty: A Problem as American as Apple Pie 13

Sect. I The Problem

Ch. 1 Who is Hungry in America?: The Politics of Measuring Hunger 25

Ch. 2 How Hunger Costs All of Us 45

Ch. 3 Why Brother (and Sister) Still Can't Spare a Dime: A Short History of Domestic Hunger 53

Ch. 4 The Tattered (But Still Existing) Federal Hunger Safety Net 83

Ch. 5 Let Them Eat Ramen Noodles: One Week Living on $28.30 of Food 99

Ch. 6 Are Americans Hungry - Or Fat? 111

Ch. 7 Dickens Revisited: Life in the New Gilded Age 127

Ch. 8 Let Them Eat Sound Bites: The Polarized Politics of Welfare Reform 157

Ch. 9 The Poverty Trap: Why It Is So Hard to Escape Poverty in America 175

Ch. 10 The Charity Myth 191

Ch. 11 How Media Ignores Hunger (Except During Holidays and Hurricanes) 217

Sect. II The Solution

Ch. 12 Here It Is: The Plan to End Domestic Hunger 237

Ch. 13 Bolstering Community Food Production and Marketing 259

Ch. 14 A New War on Poverty 275

Ch. 15 How All of Us (Including YOU) Can End Hunger in America 283

Appendix A Hunger and Poverty-Fighting Resources 295

Appendix B Revised Rules for Radical Centrists: Tips for Activists on How to Organize and Craft Messages for Successful Advocacy Campaigns 303

Acknowledgments 315

Notes 319

Index 341

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