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Hunger in the News: Unemployment Rates, School Meal Standards, Income Inequality

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

"40 maps that explain food in America," by Ezra Klein and Susannah Locke, Vox. "'The future of the nations will depend on the manner of how they feed themselves,' wrote the French epicurean Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin in 1826. Almost 200 years later, how nations feed themselves has gotten a lot more complicated. That’s particularly true in the U.S., where food insecurity coexists with an obesity crisis, where fast food is everywhere and farmer’s markets are spreading, where foodies have never had more power and McDonald’s has never had more locations, and where the possibility of a barbecue-based civil war is always near."

"The damage of poverty is visible as early as kindergarten," by Danielle Kurtzleben, Vox. "A big part of the American Dream is being able to climb the ladder and land higher than your parents. But that climb starts when people are just small children, according to new research, and getting off on the wrong foot has lifelong consequences."

"In Most States, Unemployment Rates Haven’t Bounced Back," by Alicia Parlapiano, New York Times (infographic). Five years since the end of the recession, many states still haven’t returned to, or neared, their previous levels of unemployment. And though many states have seen significant drops in rates, most of the improvement can be attributed to workers dropping out of the labor force altogether.

"House Delays Vote on Easing School Meal Standards," by Emmarie Huetteman and Ron Nixon, New York Times.  A House vote on an Agriculture Department spending bill containing a provision that would allow schools to opt out of the Obama administration’s nutrition standards for school meals has been delayed.

"Here's Why This Food Truck Takes Your Cash and Gives You Nothing," by Liz Dwyer, Takepart.com. Minnesota company Finnegans has a "reverse" food truck that collects nonperishable items and money for hungry citizens, rather than selling food.

"Here's How States Are Fighting Income Inequality," by Jake Grovum, Stateline/Huffington Post. "The two U.S. counties with the worst income inequality couldn’t be more different. No. 1 is Manhattan. The second is a rural Native American reservation in North Dakota. The two illustrate how widely inequality is spread around the country, and how the issue presents itself in different ways. The far-reaching problem was a driving force behind a raft of proposals in the states this year, as lawmakers looked to address persistent wealth gaps exacerbated by the Great Recession and the subsequent years of halting economic growth."

 

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