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Hunger in the News: World Food Prize, Summer Meals, Global Warming, and Syrian Refugees


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

World Food Prize goes to founder of anti-poverty group,” by Christopher Doering, USA TODAY. “Sir Fazle Hasan Abed had a prestigious career working for Shell Oil in 1970 when a cyclone devastated his native Bangladesh, prompting him to abandon his corporate job and dedicate his life to working with women and other poor people in his home country who are struggling to lift themselves out of poverty.”

My summer vacation ... from nutrition,” by Marian Guinn, Lexington Herald-Leader. “Around the country, children are excited for the fun and freedom of summer vacation. Summer should be a time for kids to play outside, read for pleasure and spend time with family.”

Alliances needed to fight global warming, poverty, say Vatican speakers,” by Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service. “Democracy must return to politics and unusual alliances must form in order to get the world to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and tackle poverty, said a panel of speakers attending a Vatican conference.”

Syrian Refugees Face Hunger Amidst Humanitarian Funding Crisis,” by By Zhai Yun Tan, Inter Press Service. “The United Nations’ food aid organisation, the World Food Programme (WFP), said on Jul. 1 that up to 440,000 refugees from war-torn Syria might have to go hungry if no additional funds are received by August.”

Bridging the Gap Between Summer & Hunger,” by Linda Novick O'Keefe, The Huffington Post. “When we think about summer, many of us think about baseball games, BBQs and family vacations. For some families, summer can also be a time of uncertainty and hunger. Feeding and taking care of the people that need help in our own country, in our own communities, has always been important to me.”

US Prison Population Has Increased Dramatically, But Mass Incarceration Doesn't Reduce Crime, Congressional Report Finds,” by Aaron Morrison, International Business Times. “A new report on prisons and the criminal justice system in the U.S. found that mass incarceration is no longer as effective in reducing crime and rehabilitating inmates as supporters of tough-on-crime policies had hoped. The Congressional Research Service, a nonpartisan legislative agency of the U.S. Congress, said mass incarceration has ‘reached the point of diminishing returns.’”


Hunger in the News: Criminal Justice Reform, North Korea, MDGs, Child Hunger, and Charleston

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Ethiopia: Hunger and Poverty Prevail Despite MDGs Global Progress,” by Meskerem Lemma, The Ethiopian Herald via AllAfrica.com. “’We have a duty to all the world's people, especially the most vulnerable, and in particular children of the world, to whom the future belongs," according to the United Nations Millennium Declaration.’”

5 reasons Congress could soon do something big on criminal justice reform,” by Janell Ross, The Washington Post. “Lawmakers in states across the country have begun to discuss and, in some cases, take bipartisan action on criminal justice reform.”

A Road Map for Eradicating World Hunger,” by Beth Gardiner, The New York Times. “A lot has changed in Ethiopia since hundreds of thousands of people died in the famine of the mid-1980s. Rates of undernourishment have plummeted in the past 25 years, child mortality is down by two-thirds and 90 percent of children go to primary school.”

Why Isn't More Happening to Reduce America's Bloated Prison Population?” by Tom Dickinson, Rolling Stone. “Leaders from both ends of the political spectrum are joining together to reduce the U.S.'s prison population — one of the most harmful legacies of the War on Drugs. So why isn't more changing?”

Keeping Children Fed When School Lets Out,” by Jilly Stephens, The Huffington Post. “The cost of living continues to rise at a significant pace in New York City and poverty is most severe among households with children. According to the Self-Sufficiency Standard Report, 42% of all New York households do not have enough income to meet their basic needs. Because housing and childcare are the two greatest household expenses, families' budgets are often stretched too thin to afford basic necessities like food. The reality is that children throughout our city are hungry.”

The decision to forgive is rooted in faith. The desire to forget is rooted in racism,” by Anthea Butler, The Guardian. “For many people, the forgiveness offered to Dylann Roof, the man charged with killing of nine black members of Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, at his arraignment by the families of his victims is impossible to understand – and worthy of veneration. ‘I forgive you’ said Nadine Gardner, daughter of slain church member Ethel Lance. ‘I will never ever hold her again. But I forgive you, and may God have mercy on your soul.’”

North Korea's historic drought expected to cause famine, U.N. says,” by Kathy Novak, CNN. “Even a simple piece of fruit was unfamiliar to Lee So-yeon when she fled North Korea seven years ago. She had never seen an orange. So when she came across one at a South Korean market, she bit into it like an apple -- peel and all.”



Hunger in the News: Black Church, Farmers, Environment, and Childhood Hunger

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FAO launches digital platform to help family farmers,” by Jodesz Gavilan, The Rappler. “Family farmers play a big role in fighting food insecurity and hunger worldwide but they are often given less importance, resulting in poverty among them.”

Why the Black Church Has Always Mattered,” by Peniel E. Joseph, The Root. “The brutal act of racial terror that took the lives of nine black parishioners at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., purposely targeted the most important institution that has ever existed in the black community: the black church. So it should come as no surprise that in the age of Ferguson, Mo., Baltimore and #BlackLivesMatter, one of the nation’s most ancient and revered black churches should come under such an attack. Nor that the attack took place in South Carolina, a state so deeply rooted in white supremacy and racial hatred that its Capitol proudly flies the Confederate flag even today.”

From famine to food basket: how Bangladesh became a model for reducing hunger,” by Howard LaFranchi, The Christian Science Monitor. “Four decades ago, the newly formed and desperately poor South Asian nation of Bangladesh saw its already-high levels of extreme poverty and chronic hunger skyrocket with floods, leading to the Bangladesh famine of 1974.”

 “For Faithful, Social Justice Goals Demand Action on Environment,” by Justin Gillis, The New York Times. “For an earnest young Christian named Ben Lowe, revelation came on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, in Africa. A relentless warming of the lake was reducing the catch of fish, the people were going hungry — and he had learned of scientific evidence that climate change was to blame.”

Programs combat childhood hunger,” by Cheryl Burke, Carteret County News-Times. “Like an army with a mission, workers with two summer feeding programs are providing free meals to county children to combat childhood hunger.”

Hunger in the News: Pope Francis, Summer Food Program, SNAP, and Poverty

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Pope Francis to Explore Climate’s Effect on World’s Poor,” by Jim Yardley, The New York Times. “Ban Ki-moon arrived at the Vatican with his own college of cardinals. Mr. Ban, the United Nations secretary general, had brought the leaders of all his major agencies to see Pope Francis, a show of organizational muscle and respect for a meeting between two global institutions that had sometimes shared a bumpy past but now had a mutual interest.”

USDA nutrition chief: Charity alone won't fix hunger problem,” by Larry Dreiling, High Plains Journal. “In its May 4 editions, High Plains Journal published an account of a recent House Agriculture Committee hearing quoting chairman Mike Conaway, R-TX. In the hearing, designed to review the past, present and future of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly referred to as food stamps, Conaway expressed the belief that meeting the nutritional needs of Americans is not solely the responsibility of the government through SNAP.”

“‘Geography of Poverty’: 5 facts you should know,” by Bridget Todd, MSNBC. “All across the U.S., families are struggling to make ends meet and put food on the table. And while poverty may look different from the Southwest to the Rust Belt, the numbers are singularly staggering. Forty-five million citizens meet the official guidelines for poverty as defined by the Department of Health and Human Services.”

Mass Incarceration's Invisible Casualties: Women and The Criminal Justice System,” by Michele Goodwin, The Huffington Post. “When Americans think about the war on drugs, often images of violent men behind bars shape their understandings. This persistent picture obscures the true realities and costs of both mass incarceration and the U.S. drug war.”

Pope Francis: We can end world hunger if we want to,” by Mark Woods, Christian Today. “Pope Francis has called for a new focus on global hunger in a major address to delegates from the international Food and Agriculture Organisation in Rome.”

Summer Food Program Combats Hunger And Learning Loss,” by Kristin Malavenda, NPR. “Nearly half of all public school students in the United States receive a free or reduced price lunch.”

Lawmaker: Kids shouldn't go hungry over summer break,” by Joanna Pasceri, ABC 7 Buffalo. “U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said she will fight to protect healthier food standards and programs for schools as Congress prepares to debate child nutrition standards. Gillibrand also announced bipartisan legislation to provide more children with nutritious meals throughout the summer.”


Hunger in the News: Guatemala, Child Hunger, Gates Foundation, and Mandatory Minimums

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Repeal mandatory minimum drug sentences,” by The Boston Globe (Editorial). “Perhaps the most contentious criminal justice issue the Massachusetts Legislature is poised to tackle this year is mandatory minimum sentencing reform. Lawmakers are planning to hold a hearing Tuesday on a proposal to abolish mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenders — a measure that Ralph Gants, chief justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, supports and all but one of the state’s district attorneys firmly oppose. Ending mandatory minimum prison sentences for drug offenses is a policy that makes sense for Massachusetts.”

G7 summit: anti-poverty campaigners from across Europe rally in Munich,” by Kate Connolly, The Guardian. “An enthusiastic mobilisation of anti-poverty activists in Munich on Saturday called for G7 members to take concrete measures to end extreme poverty by 2030, emphasising the importance of future development goals and the empowerment of women.”

Take a bite out of child hunger pangs this summer,” by William Lambers (Opinion), Cleveland.com. “Summer is coming, but sadly it's not all about fun. With the summer sun comes an increase in child hunger across the United States. That is because, with schools closed, needy children lose access to the free lunches and breakfasts offered there.”

'Invisible' crisis scars children for life,” by Jane Nix, CNN. “Half of the children younger than 5 in Guatemala suffer from stunting because of malnutrition.”

Gates Foundation to Double Spending on Hunger to $776 Million Over 6 Years,” by Voice of America. “Melinda Gates announced on Thursday that her and husband Bill's foundation will spend $776 million tackling hunger over the next six years, doubling existing commitments.”

Pope Francis: poverty afflicts too many families,” by Vatican Radio. “Pope Francis says poverty today afflicts too many families.”

On Mass Incarceration, We Have Reached a Tipping Point,” by The Huffington Post. “The path to prison does not begin the moment a crime is committed. For boys and young men of color, the risk of incarceration exists at nearly every stage of life. For example, in some school districts, high school dropout rates are as high as 50 percent for these young men; those dropouts are 47 times more likely to be incarcerated than their same-age peers who hold a four-year college degree. Yet, our national discourse has not met the growing need to change how we talk about those who live behind bars -- and how we as a nation have failed them.”

Hunger in the News: Child Poverty, Summer Meals, World Hunger, and 'Ban the Box'

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

Latin America’s Relative Success in Fighting Hunger,” by Marianela Jarroud, Inter Press Service News Agency. “The Latin American and Caribbean region is the first in the world to reach the two global targets for reducing hunger. Nevertheless, more than 34 million people still go hungry.”

What projects can end food insecurity by 2020?” by Jodesz Gavilan, The Rappler. “The global community now faces the challenge of ensuring nutritious and adequate food as the world’s population is expected to exceed 9.5 billion by 2050.”

Working Your Way Out Of Poverty On The Minimum Wage,” by Niall McCarthy, Forbes. “If you’re working on the minimum wage with a family, is your take-home pay really enough to survive on? According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), a single full-time minimum-wage job will actually leave families below the poverty line in many developed countries worldwide.”

UN reports reduction in world hunger,” by Heather Bridges, World Magazine. “UN food agencies say statistics from a recent report bode well for hunger eradication. But other relief organizations say the problem runs deeper than the numbers indicate.”

State, charity groups get together to feed kids in poverty during summer break,” by Elizabeth Donald, Belleville News-Democrat. “Kids who get some of their meals from schools don’t have to go hungry when school is out for the summer, with a state program to continue providing food to hungry families.”

How to Combat Child Poverty in the U.S.,” by Bruce Lesley, The Huffington Post. “Our nation's leaders must do better than simply accept or ignore that 14.7 million, or 20 percent, of our nation's children are living in poverty. The consequences of poverty and depravity to a child's health, their education, safety, nutrition, and overall well-being limits their opportunity and future.”

Shedding light on complexities of poverty,” by Jerry Large, The Seattle Times. “Living in poverty is not an individual choice. The sooner we recognize that, the sooner we can come up with real solutions.”

70 Members of Congress Call on President Obama to ‘Ban the Box,’” by Lauren Victoria Burke, The Root. “The group of U.S. representatives wants the president to sign an executive order to ban federal contractors from asking if potential job seekers have been convicted of crimes.”





Hunger in the News: Summer Meals, World Hunger, Malawi, and Food Banks

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Campus partnership builds safety net for hungry students,” by Gretchen Kell, UC Berkeley News Center. “A comprehensive new toolkit recently unveiled at Berkeley is helping Tovar and other students with food insecurity and is the first step in a six-year strategic plan that organizers hope will create a model for other universities across the country.”

Senators: Global hunger a national security problem,” by Jordain Carney, The Hill. “A bipartisan pair of senators is pushing legislation aimed at combating chronic hunger around the world by linking the issue to national security.” 

Challenge aims to eliminate kids’ summer hunger,” by Lisa Irish, Arizona Education News Service. “For many Arizona students, leaving school for the summer also means losing their source of healthy meals. They don’t have to though, because this summer children up to 18 years old can receive free, nutritious breakfasts, lunches and snacks at over 1,100 Arizona schools and other community sites that participate in the Summer Food Service Program.”

Pope says environmental sinners will face God's judgment for world hunger,” by The Guardian. “Pope Francis has warned “the powerful of the Earth” they will answer to God if they fail to protect the environment to ensure the world can feed its population.”

 “The true cost of hunger in Texas,” by Ray Perryman, The Texas Tribune via TribTalk. “The 21 food banks in Texas are an integral part of the solution to hunger and its associated health-related problems. Recognizing the link between food security and health, many food banks now distribute free fresh produce alongside nutrition education and other health interventions. Food banks call this approach ‘feeding with impact.’ “ 

What It Takes To Lift Families Out Of Poverty,” by Michaeleen Doucleff, NPR. “Eighteen years ago, Dean Karlan was a fresh, bright-eyed graduate student in economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He wanted to answer what seemed like a simple question: ‘Does global aid work?’ Karlan says.”

Women's Health and Undernutrition in the U.S.,” by Lucy Martinez Sullivan, The Huffington Post. “Every year during National Women's Health Week, women are asked to make their health a priority. It's an important reminder as women's health issues from cancer and heart disease to mental health play out on the national stage. However, it's also important to remember that not every woman has the ability to put their health first.”

Malawi study reveals devastating cost of child undernutrition,” by Sam Jones, The Guardian. “Malawi’s development is being thwarted by child undernutrition, the effects of which continue to blight the lives of 60% of the impoverished country’s adults and costing its economy hundreds of millions a year, according to a new study.”


Hunger in the News: Yemen, Child Nutrition Law, War on Poverty, and Child Hunger

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Stopping childhood hunger one summer at a time,” by Kayla Conboy, ABC7News. “Snack Pak 4 Kids is a local organization that sends hungry school children home with nutritious snacks. The non-profit organization, which is working to put an end to childhood hunger in the panhandle, said they will be sending food home to over 2,000 students every Friday this summer. Officials say that number has nearly tripled since the first "stop summer hunger" program four years ago.”

Retired teacher’s project battles hunger,” by Elizabeth Bloom, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.  “Carol McCaskey was working at the concessions stand for the Deer Lakes baseball team when she learned about a North Hills school district program that provided food for economically disadvantaged students to bring home over the weekend.”

The War on Poverty Gets a Bum Rap,” by Pat Garofalo, U.S. News & World Report. “The riots last week in Baltimore have given conservatives ample opportunity to take a whack at liberal anti-poverty policies, thanks to the bevy of staggering statistics regarding the economic struggles of a city that has been in Democratic hands for decades. In a Chicago Tribune op-ed, for instance, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, an extremely likely 2016 candidate, wrote, 'We have spent trillions of dollars in the War on Poverty, and poverty not only persists, it is as intractable as ever. This represents a broken promise. And it feeds the anger of Baltimore.'"

With Child Hunger on the Rise, Food Bank Collaborates With Schools to Feed Families,” by Kenneth Estelle, The Huffington Post.  “According to Feeding America's newly released Map the Meal Gap report, the percentage of food-insecure children in West Michigan and the Upper Peninsula increased from 20.2 percent in 2012 to 20.4 percent in 2013, meaning that nearly 114,000 kids who should be concentrating on homework are instead worrying about where their next meal will come from.”

Roberts determined to rewrite child nutrition law,” by Philip Brasher, Agri-Pulse. “Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts said he's intent on enacting a new child nutrition law by Sept. 30, giving schools more flexibility in meeting standards for school meals. But Roberts acknowledged the battle he faces in rewriting the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 that authorized the Agriculture Department to raise meal requirements and regulate foods sold in school vending machines.”

Yemen’s children at immediate risk of severe malnutrition as fighting continues,” by UN News Centre. “More children in Yemen are at risk of dying from hunger and lack of health services than from bombs and bullets, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned today amid ongoing fighting across the Gulf country.”

Hunger Causes World’s Worst Child Death in Oil-Rich Angola,” by Colin McClelland and Manuel Soque, Bloomberg Business. “Angola is by far the richest country among African countries with the highest child mortality, with gross national income per capita of $5,170 in 2013, according to the World Bank. Nigeria, which pumped 2.1 million barrels of oil a day in March compared with Angola’s 1.84 million, earned $2,710 per person two years ago. In Somalia income per person is just $150. The figures for Chad, Central African Republic and Sierra Leone are all less than a fifth of Angola’s wealth.”

Hunger in the News: Presidential Race, Poverty, Nepal, and Criminal Justice Reform

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Landscape of Poverty,” by Paul Overberg, USA Today. “Protests over the death of a suspect in Baltimore police custody have thrown a spotlight on the city's persistent poverty and lack of jobs, especially for young black men. Neighborhood-level poverty rates for 2009-13 in Baltimore and surrounding areas.”

Behind Nepal's Shangri-la image, poverty and misery,” by Foster Klug, The Associated Press via Seattle PI. “Even amid the misery, with entire neighborhoods sleeping on sidewalks for fear of a massive earthquake's aftershocks, even with no running water, no electricity, and anger and frustration boiling over — even with all this, you can still find hints of the picture-postcard image of Nepal many foreigners hold in their imaginations.”

Paul Ryan: War on poverty 'not getting the results we need,'” by Mike Lillis, The Hill. “Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Sunday that the decades-old war on poverty has failed low-income communities and called for Washington to play a lesser role in dictating proposed solutions.”

Hillary Clinton Calls for an End to ‘Mass Incarceration,’” by Sam Frizell, Time. “Hillary Clinton called on Wednesday for broad criminal-justice reform and renewed trust between police officers and communities, reflecting the former First Lady’s evolution from supporting the policies instituted by her husband two decades ago in a period of high crime rates.”

Problems of poverty edge into 2016 presidential race amid tensions in Baltimore,” by Julie Pace, Associated Press. “In a presidential campaign where candidates are jockeying to be champions of the middle class and asking wealthy people for money, the problems facing the poor are inching into the debate.”

Hunger in the News: Criminal Justice Reform, Africa Migrants, and Feed the Future

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Weary of poverty, Senegalese migrants head for Europe,” by Daniel Flynn, Reuters via Yahoo News! “After being repatriated to Senegal on a Spanish military plane having risked his life on a perilous sea crossing to the Canary Islands in 2006, Moustafa Diouf founded an association to warn young Africans of the dangers of illegal migration to Europe.”

2016 candidates need to address criminal justice reform,” by Harper Neidig, The State Press. “The United States has the highest incarceration rate and the most prisoners of any country in the world. With such an expensive, broken system, those running for president need to articulate how they will achieve criminal justice reform.”

Are we underestimating extreme poverty?” by Alex Whiting, World Economic Forum. “Global estimates of how many people live in extreme poverty could be short by 350 million because of a dearth of reliable data, potentially leading to poor decisions about who needs services, researchers said.”

UN Struggles To Combat Hunger In World’s Worst Combat Zones,” by PBS News Hour. “The nation of South Sudan is barely 4 years old, and for much of that time, the fledgling country has been at war with itself, a conflict that’s displaced more than two million South Sudanese in just the last 16 months.”

For Africa migrants, hope of a decent life trumps the perils at sea,” by Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times. “The first phone call came around 11 a.m. on a recent Sunday. A desperately frightened Eritrean refugee was on a sinking boat in the Mediterranean Sea, calling the only person he knew who might care: Sweden-based Eritrean journalist Meron Estefanos.”

What Happened the Last Time Republicans Cared About Poverty,” by Josh Zeitz, Politico. “Over the past several weeks, Republicans—at least those running for president—seem to have discovered the vexing issues of income and wealth inequality. Speaking last month at the Detroit Economic Club, former Gov. Jeb Bush acknowledged that “only a small portion of the population [is] riding the economy’s up escalator.” His fellow Floridian, Sen. Marco Rubio expressed his newfound concern that “so much of the recovery over the last couple of years has gone to such a small segment of the population.” Even Rick Perry, a prophet of low taxes and minimal regulation, just a few days ago complained that “large corporations don’t pay taxes but single moms working two jobs do,” though it’s not clear that he would prefer the logical fix to that injustice.”

House committee advances Feed the Future authorization,” by Whitney Forman-Cook, AgriPulse. “The House Foreign Affairs Committee advanced an amended bill that would provide the first congressional authorization for the Obama administration's Feed the Future initiative.”

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