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The Hunger Pains of a Pandemic Empty stomachs can lead to a dangerous desperation; by Charles M. Blow

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"Have you ever been hungry? Truly hungry? Not the hunger one gets in anticipation of a meal, but the kind that pinches the stomach when you know no food is forthcoming. It is the kind of pang you take to bed with you, the kind that greets you when you rise. It is a bitter physical deprivation that gnaws at not only the gut but the spirit. It makes you sad. It makes you angry.People will be hungry. They already are. And, hunger is not a thing that you simply become inured to. It makes people desperate, and desperation, on the scale that it will likely occur because of this pandemic, is dangerous. The U.S.  is far from a war zone, and yet we still tolerate an extraordinary level of food insecurity, one of the worst among developed countries.

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