Patch Question: Do You Think Hunger Is A Pressing Issue In Kings Park?

Tell us in the comments section below.

Hunger is a reality for 1 in 6 Americans, according to Feeding America, a non-profit hunger-relief charity. There is often the belief that hunger is limited to certain areas of the country, or certain neighborhoods. This is not always the case.

According to Feeding America, millions of Americans experience hunger each day. Families, struggling to make ends meet, are often forced to miss meals, or even go without food for days. Adults, children and seniors are all affected.

For the month of Septmeber, the Kings Park Classroom Teachers Association and the Kings Park Retired Teachers Association are holding a series of food drives during the district’s .

With the weak economy and high jobless numbers, Patch would like to know, do you think hunger is a problem in our community?

Maureen Rossi September 13, 2011 at 06:15 PM
I think there are people who are food insufficient in Kings Park...seniors on fixed incomes who have to decide between food and medications, families with a parent out of work. Also being middle class on LI is becoming increasing more difficult - thank you to the teacher's association and the retired teachers for their efforts!
LCDR September 14, 2011 at 02:10 AM
Food insufficient?? God help us. You have got to be kidding. That is PC garbage at it's worst. That letter should be sent to Jay Leno's "crazy headlines" segment. And by the way, Patch, can we please get a copy printed of the retired Kings Park teacher & supervisor pensions. Just use the Freedom of Information Act process. That is one printout every taxpayer should see. Especially the "Money Insufficient" residents, some of whom are also "Food Insufficient", mostly because of school taxes. And if some poor person passes away because of lack of food, should we say they were "Life Insufficient"? And I'm going to bet that Ms. Rossi is "Humor Insufficient".
KpNibbler September 14, 2011 at 08:03 AM
I don't think it's to much of a pressing issue in KP, but it does happen here, especially seniors!!!! When I was growing up in KP, I lived in a single parent household with 4 siblings. My mom worked 3 jobs at times to make ends meet and to keep us in a good neighborhood. There were definitely times when food was extremely limited. I'm talking ramen noodles and a loaf of bread for a month straight. My mom busted her butt and was too embarrassed to ask for help...That is probably why it goes so unnoticed in KP. Families that are hurting are probably too prideful and embarrassed to ask for help...Shouldn't be that way... It's nice to see that they are helping those in need.
Susan Mintzer September 14, 2011 at 11:43 AM
You can't see hunger. It's there. Instead of griping about someone else's pension, why don't you help out a neighbor and donate a jar of peanut butter?
lisa costello September 14, 2011 at 03:30 PM
i agree about the helping out part,but the pensions are OBSCENE!
lisa costello September 14, 2011 at 07:19 PM
i've seen their pensions, and as stated earlier.....OBSCENE!not so much the teachers,but the superintendents.school districts are top heavy as most institutions are
LCDR September 14, 2011 at 08:13 PM
Well thought out answer. Thank you.
Cat September 15, 2011 at 02:58 AM
Ms. Johnston said it best. But LCDR is right. "Food insufficient"? What is that all about? And why would I give my neighbor peanut butter? I actually did send the first Rossi letter to the J. Leno show for Headlines. Hope he uses it. Cat B.
CJ September 15, 2011 at 05:09 PM
Why wouldn't you help out your neighbor if they were in need? The weak economy has left many people in tight spots that they probably never imagined being in, and opinions about teachers' pensions really have nothing to do with the article. It was about a group of people trying to do something positive for the community. Why waste the time and effort ostracizing their efforts? Surely there is something more constructive that can be done with your time. Sometimes it surprises me how negative the Commenters on Patch can be.
lisa costello September 16, 2011 at 12:11 AM
rock on
Maureen Rossi September 16, 2011 at 12:30 AM
Ok boys and girls - food insufficient is the term used by many LI non-profits that serve the hungry. I only learned that while doing some PR for a local non-profit in the spring. Did I find it weird at first - you betcha! I thought hungry is hungry but it's the term of the day - teacher's pensions and teachers doing great things for our community are two entirely different things! Still remain greatful for the efforts of our educators/retired educators for being a HUGE part of the solution! You guys rock!
LCDR September 16, 2011 at 12:57 AM
Ms. Rossi, it turns out that you are not humor insufficient. Congrats. I just wanted to stir the pot & see what came to the surface. Obviously, someone with class arose.
Maureen Rossi September 16, 2011 at 01:37 AM
Thank you LCDR - humor is what I value most in life (it's what made me fall in love with Mr. Rossi 30 years ago)! I love the banter and intelligent pot stirring!


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