In 2008 50 million Americans -- one of out seven -- occasionally didn't have enough money or lacked resources to buy food. In 2009, the nation added five million more unemployed Americans, but the number of "food insecure" families stayed the same.

You can see this story for what it is, a tragedy of the recession. Or you can see the story for what it also is, a small victory of government in expanding unemployment insurance and food stamps to respond to a crisis so that the number of insecure families stayed flat even as unemployed exploded.

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