U.S. agriculture officials said Monday that the nation's 15 federal nutrition programs helped keep hunger in check in 2009 even as the number of unemployed Americans soared.
After a record one-year increase from 2007 to 2008, the number of U.S. households facing food shortages increased only slightly last year to roughly 17.4 million, according to a new report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
How bad are things getting? Well, the Obama administration congratulates itself for policies which allowed "food shortages" to "increase only slightly last year to roughly 17.4 million" households.
That's 17.4 million households, not people. And, they consider that good news.