Still hungry

Growing Up Empty: The Hunger Epidemic in America.
By Loretta Schwartz-Noble. HarperCollins, 252 pp., $24.95.

A  U.S. Marine, peeking suspiciously from behind the front door of a run-down military house, surrenders his pride long enough to accept a bag of free food to feed his wife and infant daughter. It's the end of the month, there's no money in the house and the food purchased by food stamps and from WIC has run out.  By telling such stories, Loretta Schwartz-Nobel puts a face on the millions of hungry people vulnerable to changes in public policy. Her stories illustrate what hunger advocates have been saying for years--that "hunger in America is far too vast to be contained by charity alone . . . that as federal aid is slashed, suffering and hunger increase among us and that as federal aid increases, hunger proportionately decreases."


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