And they have created a system of food-distribution networks that allows hospitals and clinics to serve a large community and to provide them with free food instead of charging for it. And those networks are providing nutritious and affordable food at least for these people who don’t want to deal with the cost (and sometimes the inconvenience) of driving to the store.
But there also has been an increase in the number of people going hungry (and living on the streets), and the poor are a growing share of the population.
It’s been estimated that one out of every four adults in the U.S. are chronically hungry (who aren’t eligible for Medicaid, food stamps, or subsidized subsidized private insurance). About 32 million Americans have no more than half of their food budget for one of these four necessities. One out of every three people who are hungry in the U.S. is, in fact, on social assistance in some form, including food stamps.
And with each rising number of poor Americans, and each increasing shortage of food, there seems little doubt that they will eventually be more inclined to turn to violence (not to do so would reduce the number of people who turn to violence when food is not available).
One particularly tragic example of this is how the death of 17-year-old Antonio Meza at the hands of police officers and other city officials after serving two days in a Rowan County jail in May 2016. .
In January 2010, Meza and his family were sitting on their porch when they were arrested by police officers on drug charges. Meza was charged with possessing 1/10 of an ounce of methamphetamine, which is punishable by up to five years in prison. Meza, then 16, was arrested and charged with fourth-degree felony, “delivering a controlled substance to a minor” and “drug paraphernalia,” as well as possessing a loaded gun and marijuana. After about two hours of detention, he was let go, and he was not allowed to be released at his house. Instead, he was taken to Rowan County Detention Center another area of the county where more than 1,300 people have been arrested since 1996, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader. Instead of picking up Meza immediately, he was taken to jail on a warrant, put into a cage and taken to another building. There, he was locked up for a month, then released with a warning to return to jail. So Meza did not return to jail and instead decided to head to the county jail. When police officers got into his home and told him he could not return to jail until he paid a $200 bond, he refused. They eventually broke down the front door of the house using a crowbar and he was charged with resisting arrest, resisting arrest and public intoxication again, all misdemeanors. About the time he was being set free, Meza’s younger sister had called 911 to report a struggle in the house. He was arrested for that. Then, he was charged with criminal damage to property. After he was returned to jail, he was charged with possession of a firearm during a crime. Once again, he was released from jail and taken to the county jail once again. He was then charged with robbery. On April 21, 2015, when he was released from the jail, Meza was a little too drunk to understand the new charges against him. Police officers confronted him and he hit one of them with a stick and they charged him with assault with a deadly weapon. Meza was charged with an aggravated assault. He pleaded guilty to first-degree assault, was sentenced to five years in prison, and then another five years of probation was set for him. After he served four months, he was released. It turns out that by May 2014, Meza had been arrested on a drug charge by that point, prosecutors had a record of a series of marijuana sales by Meza and his sister. His aunt took a lie detector test. He told a lie detector test that “I was not guilty of, I did not sell drugs.” A police officer told the truth. He was not convicted. But in August 2016, Meza was back. He was arrested on a new drug charge. He was taken back to jail and charged with assault with a deadly weapon. Again, he pleaded not guilty. A cop told a lie detector test that he did not know Meza was innocent. He was convicted. A third time. Then, in November 2016, one of me and my mom’s nieces got into an altercation with Meza at his home and got shot with a semi-automatic pistol. As my mom wrote on Facebook that day: “It was very hard for me to see my nieces and nephew get hurt. I saw a bunch of blood on his face, and then heard someone screaming. I turned to see how my kids were doing but there were blood all over the outside of the front door. My heart started to race. We took three cars and