I have sometimes thought that if every restaurant and market would to give the good food it throws out every night to the poor of their cities, there would be no children going to bed hungry in those places. 

Actually the food markets do give an allotment of their food to the local poor -- for example, the bread that is too stale for super market presentation but still okay to eat.  But most of the supermarket’s expired food ends up in landfills and wasted for any practical purposes.  You have also seen promotions by your food market that invite the customers to buy “food boxes” for the local poor –these food boxes of nonperishable food are widely shown at supermarkets before Thanksgiving and Christmas .

But outside the unsold food that is as easy to give out as expired nonperishables and expired bread and pastries, there are no structures for the distributions of most meat and dairy products from markets to the poor.  And so there are still children going to bed hungry today in every real city in America. Yet there is plenty of food around them that is good enough to eat, but is never going to be eaten by anyone...

Nor does the child poverty and hungry rate in America seem to change much with the variances of our nation’s or state’s unemployment rate.  For  example, with all the variances of the unemployment rate from 2014-2016, according to the Public Policy Institute of California the child poverty rate in California was 23.1 percent of California’s children’s population in 2014, 21. 2 percent in 2015, and even in 2016 in the last year of Obama’s presidency when unemployment dropped dramatically the child poverty rate was 19.9 percent.

It may be that family and child poverty rates lag behind rising employment ratios because the jobs that become available on an economic recovery just barely exceed the benefits that a family on unemployment benefits receive.  So this is a reminder to us all that even while the employment rate soars, the child poverty rate meanders.

But there is food, and plenty of it.  And among the food are the literally millions of California children who have been officially designated impoverished including the homeless children.  For example, the Oscar-winning Hollywood actress Hilary Swank who lived in her mother’s car on the streets of Los Angeles when she was a young school girl.  But how does a homeless family living in a car have anything resembling three square meals a day?

In fact, food is as much of a necessity to a person’s life as air.  We eat food and we eat air all day long so that we can simply live in a state of mere existence.  It is just as much of an assault to deny food to any one for any reason as it is to strangle them to deny them air.

So there is not that much difference in children going to bed hungry and going to bed without enough oxygen.

But there is food for everyone here, especially at this time.  At this very writing, the Chinese are threatening to boycott American soy beans in response to what Donald Trump has referred to as a Trade War with China, which in his words he has promised would be “easy to win.”  That would mean that $14 billion of beans from the American Midwest would suddenly have no place to go.  If they continued to have no place to go, the American farmers who grew all the beans would have no choice but to destroy them.  The Chinese meanwhile are saying they are exploring buying their beans from other nations.

But that means that the Federal government would in effect create a mini-depression in the Midwest if no one buys the American beans.  It would be a loss of $14 billion that all the realtors, barbers, hair dressers, clothiers, dentists, chiropractors and others from the Midwest were counting on to get a piece of this bounty to keep their practices running.  So if a Trade War boycott could in fact ever take place, the Federal Government would be obligated to buy all the beans and ….Who to give the beans to? The beans would surely have to go nowhere else but to the 20 percent of Americans who are hungry at this time.

Yes, there certainly is enough food in America to feed the entire USA now.

Chris Sharp- Commentary

Chris Sharp is an Educator and a prize-winning professional writer. He has recently published a new book titled How to Like a Human Being . Sharp's latest book is an Amazon Kindle collection of his published short stories, Every Kind of Angel . His commentaries represent his own opinions and not necessarily the views of any organization he may be affiliated with or those of The SCV Beacon.