CBS Evening News for Sunday, May 01, 1983
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(Studio) President Reagan's recent announcement of cutback in free government cheese for the needy recalled.
REPORTER: Lesley Stahl
(Euclid, Ohio) Plight of America's hungry examined; distribution of government surplus food recalled beginning in Great Depression. Films from that era shown. 1968 special Hunger in America recalled focusing on widespread hunger and malnutrition; formation of food stamps program and its apparent success until cutbacks in recent years discussed. Nutritionist Dr. Jean Mayer recalled instrumental in developing food stamp program. [MEIER - regrets nation's slide back to hunger.] Reagan administration's reduction in food stamp program and proposed further cutbacks outlined on screen, discussed. [Agriculture Department food and nutrition service spokesperson Robert LEARD - wants to target money for truly needy and elderly.] [MEIER - notes average food stamp recipient.] Av. amount allocated per meal under food stamps outlined on screen. [LEARD - claims program wasn't intended to provide all food needs for recipients.] Ntnwide. response to private meal and food programs described, shown. [Interchurch council spokesperson Karen DORDISCH - notes plight of many.] [Mary Sue KELLER - describes typical meal.] Lack of nutrition in Keller's diet and family's economy plight noted. [KELLER - worries about unemployment benefits running out and impact on diet.]
REPORTER: Joan Snyder
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