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Friday, Nov 01 2013 10:40 AM

Hunger in a land of plenty

By The Bakersfield Californian

What a bizarre combination of circumstances in the U.S. at present: We've got corporate profits at a post-war high as a proportion of GDP, a $17 trillion deficit and millions of starving people.

It gets a little worse today when the 2009 stimulus package expires, forcing deep cuts in the federal food stamp program known as SNAP.

A family of four will be receiving $36 less per month -- a huge difference for hundreds of thousands of households in Kern County, one of the hungriest places in America by one recent study.

Whether you prefer to blame the problem on "takers" or on residual effects of the Great Recession, as many economists do, hunger is hunger.

We're putting together a care package for our favorite food bank. How about you?

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