The govt. does not use the word "hungry" to describe the 35 million Americans who have trouble finding the money to put food on the table. They use the term "food insecure." Second Harvest Food Bank will be changing their name to "Feeding America." http://www.secondharvest.org/
Demand at their food banks is up 20% over last year.
So why have food prices gone up so drastically? Well I did some research and found out that it's mostly because of record oil prices, so there's an increase in transportation costs, and an added demand for corn and soybeans to make alternative fuels such as ethanol and biodiesel, and as a result, corn prices have more than doubled, soybean prices have nearly tripled. When the price of corn rises, so does price of livestock feed. So, meat, poultry and egg prices go up. Another reason is poor wheat harvests. And it is predicted that food prices will continue to rise. So I guess it's a good idea to clip those coupons and start cutting back.