And of course, Obama, following exactly the path of Franklin D Roosevelt, is calling for action. He has already pushed the country that was on the edge of the precipice. Now, as did FDR 80 years ago, he will make sure that the Depression last many many years.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- The number of Americans that have trouble putting food on the table shot up last year in an unprecedented spike to a record 17 million households, the government reported on Monday.
The Department of Agriculture report, which has been released annually since 1995, said the number of Americans that were hungry rose to 14.6%. In 2007, 13 million households or 11.1% of Americans had trouble getting enough food.
The one-year jump is all the more significant, given the number of hungry Americans had never been higher than 11.9% since these surveys began.
Of the near-15% of the nation that couldn't secure enough food last year, the USDA said one-third of them had "very low food security," meaning they reduced the amount that they ate or disrupted their eating patterns during the year. That group made up 5.7% of all U.S. households, which was also a record high.
More than 500,000 households that scaled back the amount that they ate were households with children, making up 1.3% of all U.S. homes with children.
The USDA said the main cause of hunger and food insecurity in the country is poverty.
Obama's call to action. President Obama called the report "unsettling," and said more needs to be done.