Joel Berg, executive director of the New York City Coalition Against Hunger, joins “Viewpoint” host Eliot Spitzer to discuss hunger and food insecurity in America. Some 50 million Americans — including 17 million children — live in households that can’t afford enough food, according to Berg.
Berg argues that in the 1960s and 1970s, the creation of a food assistance safety net early ended hunger in this country. But cuts to those programs have since eroded gains, and hunger is on the rise. “The only reason we’ve gone backwards is we’ve sold this country the myth that we can solve this problem with charity,” he says.
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