And the food pantries are struggling to keep up:
Chatham County, at the state’s geographical center, is home to 68,778 residents, 7,480 of whom are food insecure, according to data compiled by the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina.
In Chatham County, roughly one in nine people are struggling with food insecurity, which is slightly less than the statewide average of one in seven. But economic conditions in Chatham and have created an insidious cycle of need in recent years.
If there was ever a strong argument against our Capitalist system, it's this one. There's more than enough food in our state/country to feed everybody; we throw away some 38 million tons of food each year in the United States, and yet 41 million Americans don't get enough to eat. And when government leaders try to make up for their tax cuts by cutting food stamp spending, the absurdity of those numbers gets even worse:
Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) introduced new eligibility requirements for food assistance under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP.
Under the Trump Administration’s proposal, some states would be forced to decrease eligibility standards for SNAP benefits, better known as food stamps. Studies show the proposal could mean that 30,000 North Carolinians who are currently receiving food stamps would be ineligible to receive food assistance.
According to the USDA, only U.S. citizens and certain lawfully present noncitizens may receive SNAP benefits. “I honestly think if they cut back on SNAP benefits, especially as they relate to citizenship status, that we could wind up seeing a lot more people here because people are just going to need more to get over the hump,” she said. “They’re not going to suddenly be less hungry.”
And here we see one of the major flaws in a conservative economy. Food Stamps not only provide sustenance to the families using them, they also inject revenue into the economy. The supply chain of the food that's being sold and the stockers and cashiers employed in the grocery store, also benefit from those transactions. It ain't rocket science, but it's still (for some reason) hard for conservatives to grasp. Actually, many of them do grasp it, but they hate government so deeply that they refuse to acknowledge the value to the overall economy. And that's a shame.