Hunger in the suburbs

“Radio Times,” WHYY – Philadelphia • July 16, 2014

Perhaps the most devastating aspect of living in poverty is being “food insecure,” a term devised by the government to describe those who are not always certain that they will have access to food.  15 percent of Americans are food insecure, and in Pennsylvania, that number is 12.5 percent, according to statistics from the Pennsylvania Hunger Action Center.  And the face of hunger is changing, with seemingly comfortable, suburban families needing to visit donation-based food pantry’s in order to make ends meet.  Today, we look at hunger in the suburbs with TRACIE McMILLAN,

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Tracie McMillan on ‘The American Way of Eating’

Radio Times • March 27, 2012

In 2009, investigative journalist TRACIE McMILLAN worked undercover alongside farm laborers in California’s Salinas Valley, expedited meals at Applebee’s, and stocked the grocery shelves at Walmart — all in an effort to understand the American food system how the working poor eat.  She turned her on-the-job research into a new book, The American Way of Eating, in which she makes the case that everyone, regardless of their income, wants to eat well and that as a nation we must question our priorities when it comes to assuring that people of all income levels have access to affordable, healthy food.

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