The US Dept. of Agriculture announced in November of 2003 that 34.9 million citizens were hungry in 2002, 1.3 million more than the previous year. The rate of rural poverty is about one-third higher than urban poverty and since 2001 has been climbing.
Source: Patel, Raj. "Bad Farm Policies Starve Millions." Los Angeles Times, December 25, 2003. http://articles.latimes.com/2003/dec/25/opinion/oe-patel25 Verified 04/28/14