Never ever not think this not to be the case: poverty in the US (and Europe) isn't real (external forces) but imposed (internal forces).

Americans throw away up to 40 percent of their food every year, cramming landfills with at least $165 billion worth of produce and meats at a time when hundreds of millions of people suffer from chronic hunger globally, according to an analysis released Tuesday by the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Real hunger is not political; imposed hunger is. If you are poor or hungry in this country, it is has nothing do with what you have done but what has been done to you.