Moyers: 50 Million Go Hungry in America
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BILL MOYERS on Bill Moyers Journal: Some of the freshest vegetables here were picked just hours ago from land a few short blocks away. Jeanette Ware has been gardening here for the past two years.
JEANETTE WARE on Bill Moyers Journal: We’re going to be harvesting some herbs, some oregano, some collard greens. Some string beans and some beets.
BILL MOYERS on Bill Moyers Journal: Jeanette and her husband James start each day in the dirt.
JEANETTE WARE on Bill Moyers Journal: It’s fun. It’s hard, but it’s fun. It gets your back hurting, but it’s good for your heart and it’s a good feeling. You are digging in the natural earth and you are producing something for everybody to enjoy and be healthy.
These are hot, you want some? These are twelve for a dollar.
BILL MOYERS on Bill Moyers Journal: For the Wares, what started as hobby has quickly turned into a small business. From their stand, they help fuel their community with home-grown vitamins, minerals and good cheer.
JEANETTE WARE on Bill Moyers Journal: Hello, I like that hat.
BILL MOYERS on Bill Moyers Journal: Hazel Smalls is on the hunt for organic produce.
HAZEL SMALLS on Bill Moyers Journal: We are pretty healthy eaters, so we are into a lot of fruits and vegetables. I usually get the frozen because they last longer, but once I found out about the market here I said, let me check it out. I can always take the collared greens, clean them, cut them up and freeze them.
BILL MOYERS on Bill Moyers Journal: Hazel keeps an eye on what her daughter eats. Fortunately, Cheyenne prefers pears to junk food.
CHEYENNE SMALLS on Bill Moyers Journal: My mother lets me eat candy only like Saturday, or just Saturday, because she doesn’t want me to get diabetes, because it’s very painful so I know that I don’t want to eat too much candy.
BILL MOYERS on Bill Moyers Journal: Many of the chronic diseases that plague the country today – like diabetes – are linked to diet. Unfortunately, East New Yorkers know this all too well. […]One in six adults here suffers from diabetes – that’s nearly twice the New York City average. Nearly one out of three is obese. The primary cause of premature death here is heart disease. Over the past ten years, hospitalization for the condition has increased by 35 percent. So food here can be a simple matter of life and death, and people like Claudina Williams need the market for food that won’t make them sick.
CLAUDINA WILLIAMS on Bill Moyers Journal: You have to find it, it doesn’t matter how much it costs because that’s your health.
BILL MOYERS on Bill Moyers Journal: Claudina uses coupons to help ease the expense of eating right. A number of states, including New York, encourage low-income people to shop at farmers markets by accepting food stamps and distributing free food vouchers to senior citizens and moms.
SARITA DAFTARY on Bill Moyers Journal: People in low-income communities, people everywhere deserve the same quality of life, a great quality of life
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ANNOUNCER: We now continue with Moyers & Company…
BILL MOYERS: There's a young woman in the film, Barbie Izquierdo. She was a year looking for a job. She had food stamps while she was doing so. Then she got work. And yet as a result of getting work she no longer qualified for food stamps or subsidized childcare and her children could therefore no longer receive breakfast or lunch at daycare.