Chairman Mr. McGovern during his opening remarks of the Hearings Before the Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs of the U.S. Senate, Ninety-First Congress, Second Session on Nutrition and Human Needs. Part 1—Hunger and the Income Gap

“Commodities, food stamps, and free school lunches are all important, but in the last analysis they are all measures of our failure to enable 25 million of our fellow citizens to obtain the income they need to meet even their most basic human need, the need for food. I think it is a reflection on our country that we alone among the advanced nations of the world find it necessary to hand out packages of food and food stamps just to keep some of our citizens from hunger and starvation.”–Senator George McGovern, 2 March 1970

Just over forty-two years later. How much has changed? How much has remained the same? Or, have we gone backwards.