Hunger and malnutrition had almost been eliminated by
1977 because of
large increase in funding for food stamps, school lunch
programs, and nutritional supplements for women and
young children between 1969 and 1974.
subsequent cuts in foods stamps and nutrition programs
as well as AFDC regulation changes, malnutrition and
hunger once again returned to the nation. In response, a
group of prominent medical doctors, health experts, and
academic and religious leaders formed the Physician Task
Force on Hunger in America to examine the problem.
1985, the task force reported that hunger was at
“epidemic proportions,” estimating that some 20 million
Americans experience hunger at some point each month,
and one-half million children experience malnutrition.
The task force claimed that America was becoming a “soup
kitchen society” and argued that this crisis was the
result of federal government policies. They called on
Congress to end hunger, which they believed could be
accomplished in six months by strengthening the food
stamp program and by strengthening meal programs for
schoolchildren and seniors.
Myers-Lipton, p. 262
(Excerpted from “Social Solutions to Poverty”
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