(US 2011 military spending: $1.030–$1.415 trillion)
A growing number of families in the United States are struggling to put food on the table as poverty rises in major cities,
Half of those asking for emergency food assistance were people in families, while 26 percent were employed. The elderly accounted for 19 percent, with the homeless making up the remaining 11 percent.
About 24.4 million Americans are either out of work or underemployed and employment remains 6.3 million jobs below its level in December 2007 when the recession started.
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According to government data, a record 49.1 million Americans were living in poverty in 2010.