For two weeks this month, the New Hampshire Food Bank distributed supplies reserved for emergency relief. Demand for food here is up 40 percent over last year and supply is down 30 percent, which is striking in the state with the lowest reliance on food banks.Working people going hungry? Instead of prosperity trickling down, we are seeing adversity bubbling up.
"It's the price of oil, gas, rents and foreclosures," said Melanie Gosselin, executive director of the New Hampshire Food Bank.
Ms. Gosselin said household budget squeezes had led to a drop in donations and greater demand. "This is not the old 'only the homeless are hungry,'" she said. "It's working people."
As a nation, we can do better than this, but it probably won't happen under the watch of any of the current crop of politicians, whether Democrat or Republican.