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Hunger in the News: School Lunches, Worst Places to be a Worker, Affordable Housing Shortage

A regular, non-comprehensive roundup of current news links on hunger and poverty issues from around the Web.

"The worst places in the world to be a worker," by Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post. The International Trade Union Confederation debuted its Global Rights Index, ranking countries on a 1 (best) through 5 (worst) scale on the basis of how well workers' rights are protected. The report ranks the United States a dismal 4.

"Why your baggage handler may be on food stamps," by Simone Pathe, PBS NewsHour. "Joshua Vina works as a baggage handler at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport — the site of Washington state’s first push for a $15 an hour minimum wage. [V]oters in Sea-Tac, the community surrounding the airport, narrowly approved a ballot initiative — known as Proposition 1 — to raise the minimum wage and provide workers with paid sick days. But nearly 5,000 workers at the airport still haven’t gotten their raises because Alaska Airlines, which represents half of the airport’s traffic, has challenged the initiative in court.

"When Did School Lunch Become a Political Issue?" by Katrina Heron, Salon. "When did feeding kids a nutritious lunch become a partisan political issue? Last week healthy-food bigwigs—First Lady Michelle Obama, writers like Mark Bittman and Marion Nestle —were forced, once again, to defend nutritious school meals, which are under threat, once again, from Capitol Hill.

"Lack Of Affordable Housing Puts The Squeeze On Poor Families," by Pam Fessler, NPR. "The U.S. is in the midst of what Housing Secretary Shaun Donovan calls the "worst rental affordability crisis" ever. Poor families are being hit the hardest: an overwhelming majority spend more than half of their incomes on rent. Others live in substandard housing, or are homeless."

"The Main ‘Vegetables’ Americans Eat Are Pizza and French Fries," by Jason Best, TakePart.com. "New USDA research finds we’re mostly fooling ourselves that we're eating our vegetables."


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