“And I’ve gone to bed hungry many nights as a lad...” — from “In The Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad),” as performed by Merle Haggard
One of the most famous photos in American history is that of a starving mother during the Great Depression. The woman is gaunt and thin, her countenance worried. Then, hunger was commensurate with soaring unemployment.
The face of hunger in America has changed, but the problem is growing more severe. Many families suffering from a lack of food today are headed by employed adults who still can’t afford life’s essentials. And this is not only bad for those suffering families, it’s bad for the wealthy, too, in ways in addition to obvious humanitarian concerns.