Urging our nation's leaders to end hunger

2 posts from January 2011

Hunger in the News: States See Increase in Food Stamp Use


Participation in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Increases. An average of 59,888 North Dakotans participated in the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) per month in fiscal year 2010 … up 13 percent from the 53,070 monthly average in 2009. [KFGO radio]

Food Stamp Use Reaches Record Level in Oregon. People receiving benefits from Oregon's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program increased by 7,467 in December. [StatesmanJournal.com]


World Hunger Best Cured by Small-Scale Agriculture. A move from industrial farming toward local food projects is our healthiest, most sustainable choice, says Worldwatch Institute. (The Guardian)

Africa: Ending Hunger to Reach MDGs. The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) are working to reduce child stunting in Eastern and Southern Africa in an effort to reach the U.N. Millennium Development Goals by 2015. (allAfrica.com]

Record Food Prices Put World ‘In Danger,’ says U.N. Food riots, geopolitical tensions, global inflation and increasing hunger among the planet's poorest people are the likely effects of a new surge in world food prices. [The Independent]

Africa’s Economic Expansion Not Strong Enough to Reach Poverty MDG, U.N. Report says. The report said … that "[a]chieving the millennium target of halving global poverty rates by 2015 (from 1990 levels) is within reach for the world as a whole, although it will not be met in sub-Saharan Africa nor, possibly, in parts of South Asia." [Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation]

150,000 Face Hunger in Region. Kenya--More than 150,000 people are on the verge of starvation in East Pokot. “The drought is escalating every day and we should brace ourselves for hard times ahead,” warned the district commissioner Amos Mariba. [Daily Nation]

Working Out of Poverty in Haiti

Did you catch Nicholas Kristof’s recent column in The New York Times? He writes about visiting Haiti to talk with women involved in Fonkoze, a Haitian nonprofit foundation that provides microloans and banking services to the very poor.

Kristof and his family met Odecile Jean, a mother of five who, with her husband, previously struggled to feed and educate their family. After 13 months in one of Fonkoze’s programs, Kristof writes, “Ms. Jean beamed as she showed off her brand new cow, discussed her thriving lumber business and boasted that her children were all in school. Her husband, Lionel, hinted of ambitions for them to go to college.”

My colleague Laura and I saw the transformative effects of some of Fonkoze’s programs last October, when we traveled to Haiti for Bread for the World and met many women like Jean. Check out Laura’s photo essay, as well as our article and slideshow on a Fonkoze vitamin distribution clinic in Mirebalais, Haiti.

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