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Joel Berg: 'All You Can Eat'

Jason Pagano
08/20/2009 at 8:00 p.m.

In his 1964 State of the Union address to Congress, President Lyndon Johnson declared "unconditional war on poverty in America." Johnson's call led to the passage of the Economic Opportunity Act and billions in government antipoverty spending. Joel Berg is head of the New York City Coalition Against Hunger, advocating for more than one million low–income New Yorkers who rely on the city's food banks and soup kitchens. He says America ultimately lost the war on poverty — not because the programs didn't work, but because the country surrendered the fight. Joel Berg's book on how the government can get back to the business of moving millions out of poverty and into the middle class is "All You Can Eat: How Hungry is America?" He spoke at Seattle's Elliott Bay Books on March 22, 2009.

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