Does Hunger Exist in America?

GUESTS: *ROBERT RECTOR *Senior Research Fellow for The Heritage Foundation *Author of America's Failed $5.4 Trillion War on Poverty *Co-editor of Steering the Elephant:How Washington Works DEBORAH LEFF *President and CEO, America's Second Harvest. According to some hunger relief organizations, 31 million Americans—including 14 million children—do not have a reliable source of food. Skeptics say that these numbers are based on unreliable and innaccurate data, and that even census data about poverty can be misleading.

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