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There is much discussion and debate within the halls of government and in the media about the state of the economy, whether we remain in a recession, and the best approaches to revitalizing the economy.

But here’s a number that is startling.

The Los Angeles Times this morning reports that “about 15% of U.S. households — 17.4 million families — lacked enough money to feed themselves at some point last year, according to a new U.S. Department of Agriculture report ... the study also found that 6.8 million of these households — with as many as 1 million children — had ongoing financial problems that forced them to miss meals regularly.”

This is triple the number of “food insecure” households in the US during 2006.

If there is a good news side to this story, it is that things have not gotten worse in the past year.

But the numbers remain startling. Fifteen percent, or 17.4 million US families went hungry at some point last year.

Happy Thanksgiving.

That’s our Wednesday Eye-Opener.

- Kevin Coupe
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