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Hunger in the News: Climate Change, Catholic Charities, and Poverty

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Iowa View: Climate change affects global challenges,” (Editorial) by Rev. Susan Guy, Special to the Des Moines Register. “When I was ordained more than 21 years ago, climate change was not an issue that was even remotely on my mind. Throughout my years of ministry in local churches and as an organizer, there was one key issue that occupied my heart and mind, and which led me to specific acts of charity and justice. That issue was hunger.”

Head of Catholic Charities USA leaves knowing talk on poverty shifting,” by Dennis Sadowski, Catholic News Service. “After a decade as president of Catholic Charities USA, Father Larry Snyder planned to step down Jan. 31 and return to his beloved Minnesota.”

12 Days, 12 Things You Can Do to Fight Poverty” by Greg Kaufmann, Moyers & Company. “BillMoyers.com is proud to collaborate with TalkPoverty.org as we focus on poverty coverage over the next two weeks. Every day, visit BillMoyers.com to discover a new action you can take to help turn the tide in the fight against poverty.”

Let’s Address the State of Food,” (Commentary) by Mark Bittman. New York Times. “The state of the union, food-wise, is not good. The best evidence is that more than 46.5 million Americans are receiving SNAP benefits – formerly food stamps – a number that has not changed much since 2013, when it reached its highest level ever.”

Poverty stems from unjust economic system, not big families, pope says,” by Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service. “Families who have lots of children do not cause poverty, Pope Francis said. The main culprit is "an economic system that has removed the human person from its focus and has placed the god of money" as its priority instead, he said Jan. 21.”

Destiny’s story: 'Once you get in poverty, it’s kind of hard to get out,'” by Jenny Brundin, Colorado Public Radio. “Destiny Carney, 18, grew up in poverty and was often homeless but now leads classes at Project Voyce. The program helped Carney turn her life around.” 

Hunger in the News: Child Hunger, Refugees, Burundi and Mass Incarceration

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Congress must end child hunger in America,” by William Lambers, The Courier-Journal. “It was President Harry Truman who said, "No nation is any healthier than its children." Yet, today almost 16 million children live in hunger in the United States.”

Fleeing war and poverty, refugees heading toward Italy abandoned at sea,” PBS News Hour. “Refugees fleeing war and poverty in North Africa and the Middle East often are forced to cross the Mediterranean sea in rickety, overcrowded boats. Recently, an increase in human smugglers abandoning these ships before reaching Europe have forced EU countries to take on these migrants and ships at unprecedented levels.”

Hunger Gnaws at Burundi's Soul,” by Hannah McNeish, Voice of America. “Recent studies indicate Africa's little, and little-known, country of Burundi is the hungriest place on earth. War, poverty and overpopulation have left up to two thirds of the residents with chronic food shortages, stunting people's growth physically and also professionally, while rising demands for scarce resources pose serious problems for Burundi's stability. In Ngozi province, in the north, charities are using a variety of methods to fight the war on hunger.”

This map shows which states led the way on America's drive toward mass incarceration,” by German Lopez, Vox. “Following the start of the war on drugs in the 1970s, America's prison population skyrocketed as the country locked up even the lowest-level drug offenders in hopes of tamping down on drug use and the crime wave of the 1960s through 1980s.”

Hunger in the News: High Incarceration Rate, Native Crops, and Peanut Butter

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A Different Approach to Breaking the Cycle of Poverty” by Alana Semuels, The Atlantic. “This neighborhood south of downtown is bleak, with empty parking lots fenced in by barbed wire, and skeletons of buildings covered in graffiti.”

The Steep Cost of America’s High Incarceration Rate” by Robert E. Rubin and Nicholas Turner, The Wall Street Journal. “One of us is a former Treasury secretary, the other directs a criminal-justice institute. But we’ve reached the same conclusions. America’s overreliance on incarceration is exacting excessive costs on individuals and communities, as well as on the national economy. Sentences are too long, and parole and probation policies too inflexible. There is too little rehabilitation in prison and inadequate support for life after prison.”

Solving Hunger in Ethiopia by Turning to Native Crops” by Amy Maxmen, Newsweek. “Dibaabish Jaboo kneads the pale, vegetative flesh of the enset plant, like her mother did, like her granddaughters do. When she’s finished, she bundles the plant’s thick, decomposing stalk into its 12-foot-long leaves along with spices and agents to help it ferment for a few weeks. Once it’s ready, she can store the bundle underground, or pound it into flour for bread or porridge.”

How peanut butter and jelly could help America's education system” by Benjamin Spoer, USA Today. “Those in the education world — parents, teachers, politicos alike — hear near-constant consternation about underperforming inner-city schools. We cannot seem to decide whether the teachers are unqualified, the curriculum is inappropriate or the budgets are too small. However, for many of these schools, there could be a simple way to improve academic performance. It's something we in the public health world call, in academic speak, a peanut butter sandwich.”

California drought brings smaller harvests, more hunger among farmworkers” by By Lisa M. Krieger, San Jose Mercury News. “Here in the produce basket of the nation, the drought so dried out the farm economy that farmworkers depend on charity to fill their pantries.”

Hunger in the News: Food Stamp Cuts, White Potatoes, and South Sudan

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US orders Mass. to fix food stamp procedures,” by Megan Woolhouse, The Boston Globe. “Massachusetts last year became one of the first states to require food stamp cards to include photos of recipients, but the new program has created such confusion that some low-income families are unable to buy groceries and the federal government is demanding that the state quickly fix the problem.”

Food for Thought: WIC Works,” by Tom Jacobs, Pacific Standard. “As Jon Stewart has noted, the compromise federal budget just passed by Congress and signed by President Obama is full of unpleasant surprises. Among them: In a Scrooge-like Christmas gift, it cuts $93 million from the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, or WIC.”

WFP: S. Sudan to Face 2015 Hunger Crisis,” by Lisa Schelin, Voice of America. “The World Food Program warns 2.5 million people in South Sudan are facing acute hunger next year. WFP says pre-positioning food now, before the rainy season returns in a few months, is critical to averting a hunger catastrophe in that conflict-ridden country.”

WIC Policy Change Would Be Big Win for All-Powerful Potato Lobby,” By Filipa Ioannou, Slate. “Under the massive new spending bill just passed by the House, low-income women would be able to buy white potatoes with vouchers issued by the Woman, Infants and Children (WIC) program for the first time ever. ("White potatoes" for these purposes are all potatoes that aren't orange yams or sweet potatoes, which are already allowed.) It would be a victory for the potato lobby—and a loss, some say, for the cause of nutrition.”

Food pantries stretched to breaking point by food stamp cuts,” by Ned Resnikoff, Al Jazeera America. “One year after drastic cuts to nationwide food stamp benefits took effect, the country’s largest food bank is struggling with what it describes as an unprecedented hunger emergency. Data from the Food Bank For New York City shows that emergency food assistance charities simply don’t have the resources to keep up with a worsening hunger crisis.”

Hunger in the News: Food Aid, Food Stamp Committee, Ferguson, School Lunch

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Potentially damaging food aid reform cut from Coast Guard bill,” by Tom Murphy, Humanosphere.  “Advocates for international food aid claimed victory this week after the Senate cut a provision that they say would have hurt efforts to deliver food effectively to people in need around the world. The new version of the bill passed both the Senate and House on Wednesday.”

UN resumes food aid for Syrian refugees,” Al Jazeera.  “The UN World Food Programme will restart its food aid for 1.7 million refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt after it received enough donations to fund the suspended programme.”

House Agriculture Chief Plans ‘Thoughtful," Look at Food Stamps,” by Tennille Tracy, The Wall Street Journal.  “Rep. Mike Conaway (R., Texas), the newly appointed chair of the House Agriculture Committee, is pledging to undertake a “thoughtful” review of food stamps.”

The fury of Ferguson,” The Economist. “Solving the problems of places like Ferguson is less about passing more anti-discrimination laws than about rekindling economic growth and spreading the proceeds.”

Health groups fear bill could lead to return of pizza, fries in schools,” by Lydia Wheeler, The Hill. "The bill known as “cromnibus,” contains language that would allow states to exempt struggling districts from having to offer all whole grain products and eases requirements for schools to reduce sodium levels.

Hunger in the News: Food Aid Shipping is Back, World Refugee Day, Farm Worker Exploitation

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Food Aid Shipping Issue Could Block House Bill,” by Tom Curry, Roll Call.  “At issue is the cargo preference, which dates back to 1954 and which requires that a certain percentage of commodities purchased by the government be shipped in U.S.-flagged vessels.”

World Refugee Day: Global forced displacement tops 50 million for first time in post-World War II era,” The UN Refugee Agency. “The UN refugee agency reported today on World Refugee Day that the number of refugees, asylum-seekers and internally displaced people worldwide has, for the first time in the post-World War II era, exceeded 50 million people.”

The Sahel region still at risk of food insecurity,” Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (audio).  “Food Security continues to be a major concern across the 9 countries of the Sahel. A humanitarian appeal has been made for the region, due to a lack of funding caused by crisis around the world also requiring significant attention.”

Hardship on Mexico's farms, a bounty for U.S. tables,” by Richard Marosi, LA Times
“A Times reporter and photographer find that thousands of laborers at Mexico's mega-farms endure harsh conditions and exploitation while supplying produce for American consumers."

Poverty Affects 30% Of Children In US Cities, Negatively Affecting Their Health,” by Lecia Bushak, Medical Daily.  “In a new paper released by the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP), a research center at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, researchers found that many children in large cities in the U.S. are living in poverty.”

Why Poor People Stay Poor,” by Linda Tirado, Slate.  “Because our lives seem so unstable, poor people are often seen as being basically incompetent at managing their lives.”

Hunger in the News: Lame Duck, Childhood Hunger, Food Aid, Long-Term Unemployed, Ferguson

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

Lame-Duck Congress Crams Stacked Agenda Into Final Days,” by AP, CBSDC.  “Their to-do list includes keeping the government running into the new year, renewing expired tax breaks for individuals and businesses and approving a defense policy measure that has passed for more than 50 years in a row.”

World AIDS Day 2014 ~ thoughts from Mozambique,” by Rebecca J. Vander Meulen, Views from Mozambique.  “Mona’s daughter, Fernanda, who didn’t believe in antiretrovirals (ARVs) and was convinced they would make her sicker, now vigorously runs her household and serves as an informal neighborhood ARV officer, hounding her positive neighbors when they are late in going to the health post to replenish their ARV stock.”

Exploring The Urban-Rural Divide Of Childhood Hunger In Oregon,” by Dave Miller, Think Out Loud, Oregon Public Broadcasting.  “The state of Oregon has one of the highest rates of child hunger in the nation.”  Dave Miller interviews Sharon Thornberry, community food system manager for the Oregon Food Bank, and OPB reporter Amanda Peacher.

What comes after Ebola: Hunger,” by Hilal Elver, AlJazeera (Opinion). “As Ebola continues to ravage West Africa, leaving approximately 5,000 people dead, the region is now on the brink of a major food crisis.”

Feast and famine,” The Economist.  “As the world’s economy has grown, the prevalence of undernourishment—eating too few calories to sustain an active life—has fallen only half as fast as poverty (see chart). But at least it has fallen. Micronutrient deficiency is not falling at all.”

Less food stamps = more hunger. Duh!” by Nathanael Johnson, Grist.  “We provide food stamps (though they aren’t actually stamps anymore) to keep people from starving. The flip side is that, when we provide less food assistance, more people go hungry.”

Feeding the future will require great innovation,” by Erica Quinlan, AgriNews.  “Over the next 30 to 40 years, the world population is expected to increase to at least 9 billion people.”

Syria conflict: WFP suspends refugee food aid scheme,” BBC.  “The World Food Programme (WFP) has been forced to suspend a critical food aid scheme for more than 1.6 million Syrian refugees because of a funding crisis.”

Common Misconceptions About Long-Term Unemployment,” by Dan Ritter, Wall St. Cheat Sheet. “In October 2014, 2.9 million Americans accounting for 32% of the total unemployed had been looking for work without success for more than six months."

Finding freedom in Bradenton: Boy flees Honduras to reunite with immigrant parents,” by Amaris Castillo and Richard Dymond, Bradenton Herald.  "Christopher, as he has asked to be called, is one of more than 24,000 children who decided to risk the treacherous journey last year into the United States, most of them from Central America and Mexico. Honduras has the world's highest murder rate, according to a 2014 United Nations report."

Boston church reflect on turmoil in Ferguson,” by Jeremy C. Fox and James H Burnett III, Boston Globe. “It comes from poverty; it comes from poor education systems; it comes from mass incarceration; it comes from just not having the basic accommodations that people ought to have as Americans.”

Voices Crying Out: Comfort and Transformation in an Age of Mass Incarceration (Isaiah 40:1-11),” by David G. Garber, Jr. Huffington Post Blog.  “For the past five years, I have been blessed to witness such transformation as a member of the Faculty Advisory Board for the Certificate in Theological Studies Program at the Lee Arrendale State Prison for women in Georgia.”

Hunger in the News: Feed the Future Moves Forward, Pope Francis on Nutrition, Immigration Reform, Beyond Ebola, Lame Duck

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House panel approves bill to strengthen Feed the Future program,” by Daniel Enoch, Agri-Pulse. “The House Foreign Affairs Committee on Thursday favorably reported to the full House a bill that supporters say would strengthen President Obama's Feed the Future Initiative as it works to alleviate hunger around the globe.”

Pope Francis urges concrete action in global nutrition challenge at UN conference in Rome,” UN News Centre, “Pope Francis today urged leaders attending a United Nations Food and Agriculture (FAO) nutrition conference in Rome to view food and nutrition and the environment as global public issues at a time when nations are more tightly linked with each other than ever before.”

Evangelicals a mixed bag on Obama’s immigration move,” by Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service.  “While Republican leaders blast President Obama for taking executive action on immigration reform, some prominent evangelical leaders are welcoming the president’s plans to keep about 5 million undocumented immigrants from being deported.”

Empowering women key to ending hunger, Bread for the World says,” by Daniel Enoch, Agri-Pulse. “Ending discrimination against women - including in the United States - is key in the global battle against hunger, according to a new report from Bread for the World Institute."

“Why are Hispanic Catholics so concerned about climate change?” by Mark Silk, Religion News Service. “According to a new survey from the Public Religion Research Institute, Hispanic Catholics are more concerned about climate change than any other religious group in America.”

A Step Forward on Child Care,” by The Editorial Board, The New York Times.  “Ensuring access to safe, good and affordable child care is crucial for helping to lift low-income parents out of poverty and build futures for their children.”

Beyond Ebola: Why rural development matters in a time of crisis,” by Kanayo F. Nwanze, DW.  “Ebola's impact on health distracts from another looming danger - hunger, says Kanayo Nwanze, the International Fund for Agricultural Development's president, as the One World Forum for the Future kicks off in Berlin.”

Millennium Challenge Corporation Celebrates 10th Anniversary,” by Bridget Bowman, Roll Call.  “While bipartisan efforts in Congress can seem few and far between, policymakers from across the ideological spectrum point to the tenth anniversary of the Millennium Challenge Corporation as evidence they can find common ground when addressing global development.”

Lamest lame duck," by Burgess Everett and Manu Raju, Politico. "Congress left for Thanksgiving without checking anything big off its to-do list during the lame duck, leaving just 10 days to fund the government when they come back in December and likely pushing big items like authorizing force against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant militants and the confirmation of an attorney general into 2015.”


Hunger in the News: Ebola Famine, Connecting Food and Health, Boosting Nutrition, Unemployment, Child Refugees

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

Liberia’s Ebola Famine,” by Abby Haglage and Nina Strochlic, The Daily Beast. “There are 1.7 million people experiencing food insecurity (defined by WHO as lack of “sufficient, safe, nutritious food [required] to maintain a healthy and active life”) in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea—and 200,000 of those cases are directly related to Ebola, according to the World Food Program.”

Making the connection between food and health,” by Dan Glickman, The Hill.  “[W]e must pursue new strategies that raise nutritional awareness and understanding and help us to integrate our thinking about food, nutrition and health outcomes.”

India moves up 8 places on Global Hunger Index.” The Hindu Business Line. “[India] is making progress against hunger, as India moved up eight places from last year on the Global Hunger Index (GHI) to rank 55th out of 76 nations.”

Can doubling down on food stamps boost nutrition?,” by Aimee Picchi, CBS Money Watch. “The FINI program, which is now accepting applications to fund new community-based programs through Dec. 15, plans on adding benefits to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or food stamps, as a way to improve healthy eating for low-income Americans over the next five years.”

World is crossing malnutrition red line, report warns,” by Mark Kinver, BBC News.  “Most countries in the world are facing a serious public health problem as a result of malnutrition, a report warns.”

Don't Forget the Kinda Unemployed,” by Mike Cassidy, US News. “The headline unemployment rate leaves the underemployed invisible.”

US to offer refugee status to some undocumented child migrants,” by Rory Carroll, The Guardian. “Children under 21 in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras with parents who are legal US residents could start applying next month under the plan.”

Get Ready To Watch This Lame-Duck Congress Sprint,” by Ron Elving, NPR.  “Judging by what we've seen so far, the "zombie Congress" that returned to town this week (the reelected and the not-so-lucky) will do more business in the weeks following the election than it did in many months preceding.”


Hunger in the News: Aid Shortages, Women Farmers, National Food Policy, Lame Duck

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

Iraq, Syria Face Chronic Aid Shortages,” by Ayesha Tanzeem, Voice of America.  “The United Nations says Iraq, Syria face a chronic shortage of aid funding despite the massive scale of the humanitarian crisis in the region.”

Women Feeding the World: Planet Forward Salon Searches for Solutions,” by Emma Shorr, Food Tank. "[W]omen are more affected by climate change in developing countries than men, and that women are also the solution to addressing serious issues such as nutritional deficiencies, food insecurity, hunger, and poverty."

How a national food policy could save millions of American lives,” by By Mark Bittman, Michael Pollan, Ricardo Salvador and Olivier De Schutter, The Washington Post. “A national food policy would invest resources to guarantee that “[a]ll Americans have access to healthful food” and “[t]he food industry [as the largest sector of our economy] pays a fair wage to those it employs,” among other things.”

As Lame-Duck Session Begins, Congress to Focus on Approps, Ebola, and Islamic State,” by Billy House and Rachel Roubein, National Journal. “[A]n omnibus spending bill, or some other more-temporary measure, must be taken up by this outgoing House and Senate to extend government funding beyond Dec. 11 and keep agencies operating.

“Is Food Insecurity Really on the Decline?” by Steve Holt, Take Part. “Gallup’s latest poll says it is, but antihunger advocates warn that poverty is still a persistent problem.”

Philippines Struggles to Recover a Year After Typhoon Haiyan Tragedy,” by Mong Palatino, The Diplomat.  “A year has passed since super typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) wreaked destruction in the central part of the Philippine islands.”

Center for Rural Affairs: EITC effective ‘rural program’,” The Grand Island Independent. “The Center for Rural Affairs has released a new report that examines the impact of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) on rural and small town America.”

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