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Hunger in the News: Military Families and Hunger, MDG Momentum, Famine

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

More Military Families Are Relying On Food Banks And Pantries,” by Pam Fessler, NPR Morning Edition. “The survey — conducted in 2013 — found that almost 620,000 of the households using Feeding America services have at least one member currently in the military.”

“What the Rise in Food Stamps Really Means,” by Tim Henderson, The Fiscal Times. “A key indicator of economic hardship—enrollment in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps—is higher in every state than it was five years ago, even though unemployment has dropped in every state during the same period.”

“Immigration crisis at border afflicts heartland harvest,” by Ali Watkins, The Modesto Bee. “Over 20,000 U.S. farms employ more than 435,000 immigrant workers legally every year, according to 2012 U.S. Department of Agriculture census data. Thousands -probably tens of thousands - more are employed illegally.”

Ending poverty,” by Erik Solheim, Devex. “Extreme poverty has already been halved, and the Millennium Development Goals Report 2014 revealed some other stunning successes.”

“Experts are predicting a famine in South Sudan. Why can’t we stop it?” by Rick Noack, The Washington Post. “The problem is that South Sudan is following a standard pattern for these kinds of problems: The help only really arrives once it's too late.”

Watch the spread of mass incarceration throughout the US,” by Dara Lind, Vox.  “The map shows that the South — and Nevada — were leaders in increasing incarceration, but that most of the rest of the country has followed.”

Expect At Least Two Continuing Resolutions But No Shutdown This Fall,” by Stan Collender, Forbes. “Congress will return to Washington after Labor Day with little-to-no chance of enacting more than 1 or 2 (and even that’s a stretch) of the 12 regular 2015 appropriations by the time the fiscal year begins on October 1.”



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