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Feeding America: Left Behind by Capitalism but Saved by a Market?

Abstract

On a cold morning in April 2004, Theresa Ware stood in line with hundreds of Chicagoans two hours before a food pantry opened because she feared losing out on the donated grocery items upon which she and her husband relied. Although Theresa felt it was humiliating to need a handout, she continued to wait, hoping to get a food box before going to work at the nursing home where she earned $7.50 an hour. That year, she was part of the working poor—and one of more than 23 million Americans who stood in food donation lines. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that the number of Americans who didn’t know where their next meal would come from was on the rise, with about 12% of people experiencing food insecurity in 2004.

Type

Case

Author(s)

Niko Matouschek, Luis Rayo, Susan Springer

Date Published

01/06/2020

Discipline

Strategy

Citations

Matouschek, Niko, Luis Rayo, and Susan Springer. Feeding America: Left Behind by Capitalism but Saved by a Market?. Case 5-419-759.

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