Hunger Report time
The Institute is pumped about our upcoming 2006 Hunger Report, set to be released in PDF format on the Bread website next week. I'm excited! The HR team has been working their butts off on this report, so hats off to all of them.
The report is a great source for analysis and statistical information on domestic and international nutrition assistance programs. Numerous sidebars, written by experts in the field and HR members, are wonderful and provide glimpses into how specific nutrition programs work.
The study guide, released alongside the report, is also a good resource for study groups interested in further discussion. More about all that later, but here's a preview from the introduction of the report:
"Hunger 2006: Frontline Issues in Nutrition Assistance argues for improving nutrition assistance programming in the United States and in the developing world. Nutrition assistance programs have had an astonishing impact in places where hunger could have, but has not, thankfully, robbed people of their potential."
"Nutrition is often a missing piece in discussions about hunger. Sometimes that makes sense. In life or death situations, good nutrition may seem like a luxury. People must eat what is available to survive. Over the long term, however, not eating the right kinds of food has serious health consequences. More than two billion people across the world suffer chronic vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Their health is at risk because they are not getting the right kinds of food. Many will die as a result. At least six million children die each year because of various forms of malnutrition."
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