In a story in the Food Section of The Times (Oct. 30), U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Richard E. Lyng said that his department has achieved the goal of "the elimination of poverty-caused hunger" in the United States.
In Part 1 of The Times the following day, in an Associated Press story on Page 27, we learn that "30% of Oakland (California) residents suffer from the 'chronic reality' of hunger." A report by the Oakland Community Development Department is quoted as saying "For these Oakland residents, hunger is only one of the many consequences of poverty." Half of the hungry are children and the elderly.
Oakland Mayor Lionel Wlson is setting up a task force to help eliminate hunger in his city. Maybe he ought to call Lyng, just to let him know.
HEIDI YORKSHIRE Beverly Hills