A Department of Agriculture survey released last week showed that 17 million American households (14.6 percent) were "food insecure" at some point in 2008. That's up from 13 million households (11.1 percent) in 2007. What's even more troubling is that among households with children, the percentage that were food insecure was 21 percent. Being "food insecure" refers to reduced or disrupted food supplies due to a lack of money or other resources. Given the sharp increase in unemployment this year, the number of households facing food insecurity likely has continued to increase — which is why it is important to increase support, if possible, for such charities as the Kansas Food Bank and the Lord's Diner.