Growing Up Empty: How Federal Policies Are Starving America's Children

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Growing Up Empty is a study of the hidden hunger epidemic that still remains largely unacknowledged at the highest political levels and "an unforgettable exploration of public policy, its failures and its victims" (William Raspberry, Washington Post).

Twenty years after Ronald Reagan declared that hunger was no longer an American problem, Schwartz-Nobel shows that hunger has reached epic proportions, running rampant through urban, rural, and ...

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Overview

Growing Up Empty is a study of the hidden hunger epidemic that still remains largely unacknowledged at the highest political levels and "an unforgettable exploration of public policy, its failures and its victims" (William Raspberry, Washington Post).

Twenty years after Ronald Reagan declared that hunger was no longer an American problem, Schwartz-Nobel shows that hunger has reached epic proportions, running rampant through urban, rural, and suburban communities, affecting blacks, whites, Asians, Christians and Jews, and nonbelievers alike.

Among the people we come to know are the new homeless. Born of the "Welfare to Work" program, these working poor have jobs but do not make enough to support their families, such as the formerly middle-class housewife reduced to stealing in order to feed her children, or the soldier fighting on our front lines while his young wife stands in bread lines and is denied benefits and baby formula at a military health clinic.

With skillful investigative reporting and a novelist's humanitarian eye for detail, Schwartz-Nobel portrays a haunting reality of human suffering that need not exist. A call to action, Growing Up Empty is advocacy journalism at its best.

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Editorial Reviews

Kenneth Kusmer
“A penetrating journalistic study that puts a human face on [hunger]. ... A wake-up call to policy makers.”
Newark Star Ledger
“Inspiring, heartbreaking and harrowing.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060954864
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/2/2003
  • Series: Harper Perennial
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 275,063
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Loretta Schwartz-Nobel has won the Women in Communications Award, the Society of Professional Journalists Award, the Penny Missouri Award, the coveted Columbia Graduate School of Journalism Award, and has twice won the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Award for outstanding coverage of the problems of the disadvantaged. She lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Table of Contents

Author's Note xiii
Preface 1
Introduction 21
Chapter 1 Hunger and the Middle Class: Divorce and the Downward Spiral 35
Chapter 2 Hunger and the Always Poor: Generation after Generation of Urban and Rural Poverty 55
Chapter 3 Hunger and the Military: From Front Lines to Food Lines 83
Chapter 4 Hunger and the Working Poor: Long Hours, Starvation Wages 119
Chapter 5 Hunger and the Homeless: America's Wandering Families 149
Chapter 6 Hunger, the Immigrants and the Refugees: Dreams of the Dispossessed 187
Chapter 7 A Story without an End: The Ghosts of Yesterday 217
The Last Word 233
Appendixes 239
A. The Medford Declaration
B. Organizations
Notes 249
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2007

    Good Emphatic Look at Hunger in America

    I liked the book and it really made me feel for the people profiled in it. It also opened my eyes to the need at food pantries for personal care items and other non-food items that their clients can't afford but need to have.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2005

    Not very insightful

    The author makes assumptions based on what appears to be outcome-oriented research.

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