Top-down responses to food insecurity must be paired with strategies creating self-sustaining local food economies that lessen dependency on the ebbs and flows of the modern corporately controlled food system.
The social safety-net afforded white, middle class boomers access to relative comfort. However, by middle and old age, boomers began supporting hard right-wing politicians such as Ronald Reagan, who made it their goal to destroy the welfare system that had bolstered them to middle-class status.
Gender-specific labor laws largely enforced the assignment of women to lower paying activities in the factory and longer hours outside the factory. This had the effect of restricting their mobility and condemning them to poverty.