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living my life right by society standards, said Hudson, a mother and a widow with a college degree who makes around $12,000 annually working full time for the Upper Darby school district. it hard to be poor and hungry.

Hudson, 47, is one of hundreds of thousands of people represented in a startling new study that shows that while hunger has decreased throughout America in the last six years, the number of people who can afford enough canada goose uk black friday food in Philadelphia and the surrounding region has gone up.

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In contrast, between 2011 and 2013, the data showed, 238,447, or 15.4 percent of Philadelphians were food insecure.

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Meanwhile, in that same six year period, the report found, the percentage of people living in food insecure households across the United States decreased from 14.6 percent to 13 percent.

This means that while hunger lessened throughout the rest of the country after the recession, which lasted from December 2007 to June 2009, conditions worsened in the Philadelphia region, according to Joel Berg, CEO of Hunger Free America.

canada goose store high poverty rate [26 percent] is a primary reason, Berg said. is a striking problem. For Hudson, a life of hunger seemed unimaginable not long ago. canada goose store

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canada goose clearance sale But Clifton died of a brain aneurysm nine years ago. Now, Hudson must pay $615 in rent for her one bedroom apartment in Upper Darby, not including utilities. She also has a monthly payment of $165 for a modest Chevy Cruz. Hudson is also being treated for glaucoma, and is in danger of losing her sight in one eye. canada goose clearance sale

Canada Goose Outlet Veronica lives on campus and recently got a part time job. She relies on a scholarship to get by. Canada Goose Outlet

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canada goose deals It not just adults who do not have enough to eat. The Hunger Free America study dovetails with research on childhood hunger by Mariana Chilton, director of the Center for Hunger Free Communities canada goose clearance and a professor of health management and policy at the School of Public Health at Drexel University. canada goose deals

That work, reported in the Inquirer and Daily News in September, showed that between 2006 and 2016, childhood hunger in North Philadelphia more canada goose uk shop than tripled among families where parents work 20 or more hours a week. The food insecurity rate was 9.7 percent in Philadelphia last year, compared with 8.8 percent for children nationwide. cities.

Among other obstacles, people here must deal with high rents and low wages, said Kathy Fisher, policy director at the Greater Philadelphia canada goose outlet Coalition Against Hunger.

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