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These include stealing, dumpster diving, borrowing money for food, getting food from friends or relatives, sending children to someone else’s house to eat, buying food on credit (common at many of Hartford’s smaller grocery stores), and going to a soup kitchen or food pantry. The CCHIP study found that hungry people resorted to these behaviors significantly more frequently than reagan, hunger, and the rise of food banks 33 non-hungry people did. For instance, hungry people sent their children to a neighbor’s or friend’s house to eat seven times more often than nonhungry people did, borrowed money three times more often, and used food pantries three times more often.

Between 1980 and 1982, demand on the Salvation Army’s food pantry increased an astounding 400 percent, forcing a reluctant decision to stop serving single men, who seemed to be the least vulnerable. Decisions like this reflected both a stated and an unstated method of triage, whereby the service provider would decide who was more needy and occasionally who was more deserving. While these decisions were sometimes based on the 26 closing the food gap most rational criteria that people could employ at the time, they also opened the floodgates to arbitrary, subjective, and hugely biased judgments made by highly prejudiced people.

The Zeitgeist was one of action and projects designed to prepare a new world stew assembled from a host of alternative ingredients—whether anyone knew how to cook or not. the early gurglings of the food movement 11 I first got my hands dirty in a small Maine city that had been crippled by the passing industrial age. It sat on the banks of the Androscoggin River, a once beautiful waterway whose paper and textile mills had turned it into a wide, open sewer whose contents were too thick to drink and too thin to plow.

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