9780060954864

Growing Up Empty

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  • ISBN13:

    9780060954864

  • ISBN10:

    0060954868

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-02-24
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publications

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Summary

Growing Up Empty is a study of the hidden hunger epidemic that still remains largely unacknowledged at the highest political levels and "an unforgettable exploration of public policy, its failures and its victims" (William Raspberry, Washington Post). Twenty years after Ronald Reagan declared that hunger was no longer an American problem, Schwartz-Nobel shows that hunger has reached epic proportions, running rampant through urban, rural, and suburban communities, affecting blacks, whites, Asians, Christians and Jews, and nonbelievers alike. Among the people we come to know are the new homeless. Born of the "Welfare to Work" program, these working poor have jobs but do not make enough to support their families, such as the formerly middle-class housewife reduced to stealing in order to feed her children, or the soldier fighting on our front lines while his young wife stands in bread lines and is denied benefits and baby formula at a military health clinic. With skillful investigative reporting and a novelist's humanitarian eye for detail, Schwartz-Nobel portrays a haunting reality of human suffering that need not exist. A call to action, Growing Up Empty is advocacy journalism at its best.

Table of Contents

Author's Note xiii
Preface 1(20)
Introduction 21(14)
Hunger and the Middle Class
35(20)
Divorce and the Downward Spiral
Hunger and the Always Poor
55(28)
Generation after Generation of Urban and Rural Poverty
Hunger and the Military
83(36)
From Front Lines to Food Lines
Hunger and the Working Poor
119(30)
Long Hours, Starvation Wages
Hunger and the Homeless
149(38)
America's Wandering Families
Hunger, the Immigrants and the Refugees
187(30)
Dreams of the Dispossessed
A Story without an End
217(16)
The Ghosts of Yesterday
The Last Word
233(6)
Appendixes
239(10)
A. The Medford Declaration
B. Organizations
Notes 249

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