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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.”

Hunger in the News: EITC, Child Nutrition, Mass Incarceration, and Gwyneth Paltrow

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5 things to know about the Earned Income Tax Credit, a proven poverty reliever,” by Megan Verlee, Colorado Public Radio. “Quick -- name the country’s largest cash assistance programs for poor families. You probably guessed welfare and food stamps. But there’s a big one that most people overlook: the Earned Income Tax Credit.”

The Power of Nutrition formed to combat children’s nutrition,” by Eric Schroeder, Food Business News. “The World Bank Group and UNICEF are among a group of organizations that are teaming up to try to raise $1 billion to tackle problems with children’s nutrition in some of the world’s poorest countries.”

Congress Must Hear the Cries of Hunger From Abroad,” by William Lambers, The Huffington Post. “As Congress debates the foreign aid budget, they should hear the cries of hunger from abroad. They should also listen to the echoes of history.”

John Legend launches campaign to end mass incarceration,” by Mesfin Fekadu, Associated Press via MSNBC. “John Legend has launched a campaign to end mass incarceration. ‘We have a serious problem with incarceration in this country,” Legend said in an interview. “It’s destroying families, it’s destroying communities and we’re the most incarcerated country in the world, and when you look deeper and look at the reasons we got to this place, we as a society made some choices politically and legislatively, culturally to deal with poverty, deal with mental illness in a certain way and that way usually involves using incarceration.’”

Gwyneth Paltrow doesn’t understand how America’s poor live. But unless you’re poor, neither do you,” by Lisa Gustaveson, The Washington Post. “Last Thursday, Gwyneth Paltrow snapped a photo of $29 worth of groceries. It lit the Internet on fire.”

Hunger in the News: World Bank, Yemen, Global Food Security Act, and Crime Bills

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Faith communities, World Bank find extreme poverty a common foe,” by Dennis Sadowski, Catholic News Service. “The World Bank and global faith leaders are joining together to end extreme poverty around the world by 2030. The effort brings together the influential faith community with a major U.S.-based institution that has committed billions of dollars to development work and can leverage billions more from private sector sources to continue a 25-year trend of declining poverty in the world's poorest nations.”

Are low-cost solutions the key to fixing global poverty?” by Marc Gunther, The Guardian. “About 600 million people in sub-Saharan Africa lack access to electricity. Solar panels might help, but rural people don’t often have the cash to buy them, or the ability to access bank loans.”

Nevada wants to make "serial graffiti" a felony. This is how mass incarceration happens.” by Dara Lind, Vox. “It's hard to imagine a state legislator thinking, ‘I want to put so many more people behind bars that we have to reopen an old prison to hold them all.’ But this essentially what's happening in Nevada right now. The state is weighing 35 bills that would create new crimes or stiffen the penalties for existing ones.”

Fighting in Yemen is creating a humanitarian crisis,” by Hugh Naylor, The Washington Post. “The fighting in Yemen threatens to cause widespread hunger and thirst and displace huge numbers of people, creating another humanitarian disaster in a region already reeling from the crisis in Syria, according to analysts and aid workers.”

 “One in Six Households Can't Afford to Buy Food,” by Public News Service. “While Congress considers cuts to safety-net programs such as food stamps, a new report by the Food Research and Action Center shows millions of Americans still are struggling to put food on the table. The study, "How Hungry is America?" found one-in-six American homes admitted there were times in the past year when they couldn't afford to buy food.”

Global Food Security Act a Critical Step Forward in Ending Hunger,” by Daniel Speckhard, Roll Call. “If Congress passes the Global Food Security Act of 2015, it will be taking a critical step toward ending global hunger and malnutrition in our lifetime. Food security — and the underlying political, economic and environmental stability that make it possible — is a prerequisite for sustained development and stable societies. Yet there are several countries, even entire regions, that face the triple threat of conflict, climate change and vulnerability to natural disasters that threaten the food security and income stability of millions.”


Hunger in the News: Prisoners, Summer Lunch Program, Africa, and SNAP Benefits

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Let's Give Child Hunger a Summer Vacation,” by Marian Wright Edelman, The Huffington Post. “Many children and families eagerly look forward to the end of the school year and the carefree days of summer, playing outside in the warm sun, splashing and swimming in pools and at beaches, and gathering with family and friends for backyard barbeques. But for more than 17 million children the end of school can be the end of certainty about where and when their next meal will come.”

Breakfast programs feed hunger, enhance learning in N.J. school districts, officials say,” by Brittany M. Wehner, South Jersey Times. “Is breakfast the most important meal of the day? New Jersey school districts are answering this question by providing breakfast to students in the beginning of their school day.”

WFP Chief: Throughout Africa, Hunger Grows From Familiar Roots,” by Anita Powell, Voice of America. “A large swath of Southern Africa has been hit by a double whammy of epic floods followed by a miserly drought -- a phenomenon that has affected countless people in Malawi, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique. Meanwhile, the fledgling nation of South Sudan is in the throes of a major hunger crisis as conflict has pushed the country’s population to the brink of famine.”

U.S. pays a high price for having so many prisoners,” by Noah Smith, Commentary, Bloomberg News. “Imprisonment imposes a huge burden on the U.S. economy. First, it can cost more than $30,000 to keep a person in prison for a year. Next, there is the forgone income that prisoner would have earned had he or she been outside and working. Some of that gets made up in the form of forced prisoner labor, but even if we put aside the moral problem of using prisoners as slaves, it must be the case that this labor is being used suboptimally.”

The poor are treated like criminals everywhere, even at the grocery store,” by Jeanine Grant Lister, The Washington Post. “Want to see a look of pure hatred? Pull out an EBT card at the grocery store. Now that my kids are grown and gone, my Social Security check is enough to keep me from qualifying for government food benefits. But I remember well when we did qualify for a monthly EBT deposit, a whopping $22 — and that was before Congress cut SNAP benefits in November 2013. Like 70 percent of people receiving SNAP benefits, I couldn’t feed my family on that amount. But I remember the comments from middle-class people, the assumptions about me and my disability and what the poor should and shouldn’t be spending money on.”

Will Congress Let Hunger Hold Women Down?” by Margarette Purvis, CityLimits.org. “As Women's History Month fades into the rear view mirror, it's important that we ensure that the stories and heroism of all women be recognized and shared. In the end, there's nothing more heroic than a mom with very little, able to nurture and convince a child to dream and aspire to heights never before seen. That's why I find myself focused on Sara Amaya. There's no need to scour your history books for her name – you won't find it. Members of the House and Senate don't know her name either, but they're about to make decisions that will directly impact Sara Amaya and the countless women just like her.”


Hunger in the News: Global Poverty, For-Profit Prisons, Venezuela, and Welfare Programs

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Is it possible to end global poverty?” by Linda Yueh, BBC News. “Later this year, the UN is expected to adopt the World Bank's ambitious target of ending extreme poverty by 2030.”

How California Voters Got So Smart on Crime,” by Sasha Abramsky, The Nation. “California voters get their say on so many initiatives every election cycle that it can be difficult to separate the trivial from the significant. But there was no mistaking what happened when the Golden State’s electorate gave Proposition 47 a 20 percent margin of victory this past November: an earthquake was unleashed in the world of criminal justice. The tremors have reached as far as Texas and New York, where prison reformers are looking at Prop 47 as a model for their own proposals.”

Fight Poverty, Not Savings,” by Bloomberg View. “Some welfare programs exclude people who have financial assets, and for good reason. If the goal is to help people who are living in poverty, the program shouldn't waste resources on people who aren't actually poor. If you lose your job but have enough money in the bank to tide you over comfortably, you don't need food stamps, disability payments or other forms of public support as much as people with no savings do. Yet some asset limits are set too low. By preventing beneficiaries from saving enough money to become self-sufficient, the government can make it unnecessarily hard for them to escape poverty. New data suggests some limits could well be raised.”

Cookie Lyon of Fox's 'Empire' Sheds Rare Light on Black Women's Incarceration and Reentry,” by Kali Nicole Gross, The Huffington Post. “Lee Daniels's blockbuster Empire, an over-the-top soap opera featuring a prominent African American family in the rap world, has tackled a variety of subjects that most mainstream black shows fear to tread -- such as homophobia and psychiatric illness. Yet Cookie Lyon, the mother and ex-wife of the record label's founder, sheds a rare light on black female incarceration and the challenges of prisoner reentry.”

The Growing Right Arm of For-Profit Prisons,” by Mona Shattell, The Huffington Post. “The US incarcerates more people than any other country in the world. The unprecedented increase in our prison populations happened over the last 30 years, and in part is because of the prison industrial complex and the private prison industry that profits from (and contributes to) mass incarceration.”

Unlikely Bedfellows From Cory Booker to Newt Gingrich Unite in DC to Reform Prisons,” by Alice Speri, Vice News. “A summit on mass incarceration is bringing together odd bedfellows from across the political spectrum on Thursday — for what organizers hope will be a "bipartisan breakthrough of massive proportions" that will make criminal justice reform a priority for policymakers at the federal level.”

Venezuela: Does an increase in poverty signal threat to government?” by By J.J. Gallagher, The Christian Science Monitor. “Former President Chávez targeted the country's poor with subsidies and programs funded by oil revenues. But with oil prices plummeting and poverty on the rise, this core base of supporters is being tested.”

Hunger in the News: Budget Reconciliation, Overcrowded Prisons, Congress, and Poverty

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Hunger pangs no longer haunt NCAA players,” by J. Brady McCollough, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “The NCAA prides itself on giving its athletes a big stage. And certainly, no player did more with his one shining moment than former University of Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier, last year’s tournament Most Outstanding Player. In the minutes after the Huskies triumphed in the national championship game, Mr. Napier, instead of basking in the glory, brushed off the confetti and took the opportunity to provide some real insight into his four years as a “student-athlete.” ‘There are hungry nights that I go to bed and I’m starving,’ Mr. Napier said.”

Despite Good Intentions, Vacancies in Refugee Camp in Jordan for Syrians,” by Rana F. Sweis, The New York Times. “Here in Jordan’s vast northeastern desert, row after row of white steel shelters built specially for Syrian refugees sit empty.”

USDA partners with University of Kentucky to reduce child hunger in rural areas,” by Agri-Pulse. “The USDA will be embarking on a new partnership with the University of Kentucky to reduce child hunger in poor, rural areas of the state and up to 15 other states as well.”

Fruit and vegetable vouchers could buy poorer people a more nutritious diet,” by Alison Benjamin, The Guardian. “Allison Vitalis is using vouchers to buy oranges, apples and plums at her local market in east London. Last week, she exchanged her vouchers, each worth £1, for cassava, plantain and yellow yam at the neighbouring Caribbean stall.”

Retaking the Moral High Ground in the Fight Against Poverty,” by James Abro, The Nation. “If a nation has the ways and means to solve a social problem that is devastating millions of its citizens’ lives, but it fails to act, doesn’t that mean resolving the problem depends more on moral values than on coming up with new economic policies?”

Congress Fails to Act on Poverty,” by Russell Berman, The Atlantic. "Tackling income inequality and poverty, or at least talking about it, has become a priority for leaders in both parties, as politicians respond to the increasingly populist bent of the American electorate. Lawmakers have quite a long way to go, according to a new report that details the dismal record Congress amassed on issues related to poverty in 2014.”

Are Overcrowded Prisons Unconstitutional?” by Leon Neyfakh, Slate. “The ongoing effort to address America’s mass incarceration problem has thus far focused on lawmaking. There are bills working their way through legislatures around the country that would reduce the severity of drug sentences, allow certain inmates to leave prison early by completing rehabilitation programs, and allow judges to be more lenient in doling out punishment. Advocates for reform have placed far less emphasis on the potential role of the appellate courts—institutions that have a long history of identifying systemic problems in American society and using their legal authority to force change, from Brown v. Board of Education to Gideon v. Wainwright.”

Budget Reconciliation Explained Through Chutes And Ladders,” by Ailsa Chang, NPR. “There's a word you're going to be hearing a lot as Congress tries to pass a budget this year: reconciliation. It's a procedural fast-track lawmakers get to use after they approve a budget. Republicans are hoping to repeal the Affordable Care Act — or, at least parts of it — through reconciliation, but they're not likely to win that game.”



Hunger in the News: Kenya Catholic Church, U.S. Anti-Hunger School Initiative, and the Caribbean

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Kenya’s Catholic church to fight hunger by farming its vast land reserves,” by Fredrick Nzwili, Religion News Services. “Drying livestock carcasses and anguished faces of hungry women and children have become a common feature here as droughts increase due to climate change. But now, in an effort to fight hunger, the Roman Catholic Church is making 3,000 acres of church-owned land available for commercial farming.”

Children wasting away as hunger hits 200,000 in Madagascar,” by The Guardian. “Clutching a small bag of corn in one hand, six-year-old Haova Toboha scratches the ground with the other in the hope of turning up stray kernels left from a UN food handout.”

Syria's war: 80% in poverty, life expectancy cut by 20 years, $200bn lost,” by The Associated Press via The Guardian. “The war in Syria has plunged 80% of its people into poverty, reduced life expectancy by 20 years, and led to massive economic losses estimated at over $200 billion since the conflict began in 2010, according to a UN-backed report.”

World Bank report: Break the cycle of poverty in region,” by The Jamaican Observer. “A new report by the World Bank is calling on Caribbean countries to rethink their policies in order to break the cycle of chronic poverty in the region.”

It's Time to Kick America's Mass Incarceration Addiction,” by Michael K. Williams, Opinion, Vice News. “America is addicted to mass incarceration. Our habit of locking away human beings is a particularly unseemly kind of addiction for a country that prides itself on freedom. The United States incarcerates more of its citizens than China, Russia, or Iran. Right now, America accounts for about 5 percent of the world's total population but is responsible for 25 percent of the world's incarcerated population. That amounts to nearly 2.4 million human beings.”

Anti-Hunger Initiative in High-Poverty Schools,” by Anne Marie Morgan, WVTF Public Radio. “U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack joined Virginia’s governor and first lady to announce an $8.8 million federal grant for an anti-hunger initiative in some of the state’s high-poverty schools.”



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