Millions of Hungry Americans Turn to Food Banks for 1st Time

By Associated Press – Re-Blogged From Headline Wealth

Volunteers distribute food to people who waited in line in their cars overnight, at a food distribution point in Metairie, La.. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

looking for work, his wife needed surgery, then the virus began eating away at her work hours and her paycheck.

The Crawfords had no savings, mounting bills and a growing dread: What if they ran out of food? The couple had two boys, 5 and 10, and boxes of macaroni and cheese from the dollar store could go only so far.

A 37-year-old Navy vet, Crawford saw himself as self-reliant. Asking for food made him uncomfortable. “I felt like I was a failure,” he says. “It’s this whole stigma … this mindset that you’re this guy who can’t provide for his family, that you’re a deadbeat.”

Hunger is a harsh reality in the richest country in the world. Even during times of prosperity, schools hand out millions of hot meals a day to children, and desperate elderly Americans are sometimes forced to choose between medicine and food.

Charity Gets Short-Lived Jolt From Tax Law

By Associated Press – Re-Blogged From Newsmax

In this season of giving, charity seems to be getting an extra jolt because next year the popular tax deduction for donations will lose a lot of its punch.

Traditionally generous Americans may have less incentive to give to charitable causes next year because of the newly minted tax law. The changes that will make it less advantageous for many people to donate to charity in 2018 may be sparking a year-end stream of fattened contributions in anticipation, charity executives and experts say.

Starting next year, the millions of relatively small donations from moderate-income people to mainstream charities could be sharply reduced, they say.

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Un-Worthy Charities

cropped-bob-shapiro.jpg   By Bob Shapiro

I’ve written before that Americans are a very generous people. In spite of high taxes to fund various Entitlement programs for the poor and much else, Americans still donate several hundred Billion dollars to charity.

I give quite a bit in cash and “in-kind” contributions, and I also give a couple hundred hours a year of my time (for which I get a psychic benefit). Likely, you do as well.

Over the years, I’ve become somewhat more careful of what group I’ll

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