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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.”


Hunger in the News: Food Aid in Iraq, Roger Thurow Reports from Uganda, Changing Rural Poverty

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

U.S. airdrops food aid to Iraqis trapped after fleeing militants,” by Patrick J. McDonnell and David S. Cloud, Los Angeles Times. “U. S. cargo planes escorted by fighter jets dropped food, water and other supplies Thursday for tens of thousands of people who fled an advance by Sunni militant fighters in northern Iraq and are stranded on a barren mountain in danger of starvation, U.S. officials said.”

India seeking amendments to subsidy as it would hit food aid,” The Economic Times.  “India today said along with the G33 countries, it is seeking an amendments to the 10 per cent subsidy cap of the WTO as it would hit the food aid programmes in the developing countries.”

Meet the Journalist: Roger Thurow Reports on the 1,000 Days,” by Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. “In northern Uganda, the mothers, who are smallholder farmers, are growing orange-flesh sweet potatoes rich in Vitamin A and a bean variety with higher iron levels.”

“Jesuits tell their alumni in Congress: Protect border children,” by David Gibson, Religion News Service. “American Jesuits are pushing members of Congress who were educated at the Catholic order’s schools to pass aid for thousands of refugee children who have surged across the border in Texas in recent months, calling proposals to swiftly deport them “inhumane and an insult to American values.”

“How rural poverty is changing: Your fate is increasingly tied to your town,” by Lydia DePillis, The Washington Post. “That’s the story of the new rural poverty in America: If your hometown went south, you probably did with it, unless you managed to get out and had the wherewithal to not come back.”

No More Hearings, No More Bills, Congress Is Headed Out for Summer,” by Becca Stanek, Time. “Especially because this is an election year, many members will be campaigning, visiting offices and town halls in their home states and holding town meetings.”

Hunger in the News: Africa Summit, World Breastfeeding Week, Poverty in America

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

“Why child migrants head to the US,” by Whitney Eulich, The Christian Science Monitor. “For many minors from Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala, making a dangerous journey north outweighs the risks of staying behind.”

“Five reasons this week's Africa summit matters,” by Susan Crabtree, The Washington Examiner. “President Obama will host nearly 50 leaders of African nations in Washington early this week during the largest U.S.-African summit ever convened.”

“Relying on online listings, young Americans struggle to find jobs,” by Jana Kasperkevic, The Guardian. “The unemployment rate for younger workers, those 20 to 24 years old, including many recent college graduates, was 11.3% – five percentage points higher than the overall unemployment rate in America.”

“World Breastfeeding Week 2014: Reducing Infant Mortality With Nutrition-Packed Breast Milk,” by Anthony Rivas, Medical Daily. “World Breastfeeding Week (Aug. 1-7), however, aims to raise awareness about the power of breast milk in reducing death from these factors and others, and it’s all in hopes of achieving the United Nation’s fourth Millennium Development Goal (MDG): Reducing the 1990 mortality rate among under-5 children by two-thirds by 2015. “

“Poverty in America: Why Can’t We End It?” by Peter Edelman, The New York Times (OpEd). “The first thing needed if we’re to get people out of poverty is more jobs that pay decent wages.”

“The Do-Little Congress heads home,” by Seung Min Kim and John Bresnahan, Politico. “Congress is leaving town for a five-week recess after failing to address one of the most serious issues facing the nation: the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border.”


Hunger in the News: UN Warns of Hunger Catastrophe, Child Poverty Rates on Rise, the Social Crisis of Mass Incarceration

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

“UN warns of ‘hunger catastrophe’ for South Sudanese children,” UN News Centre.  “Two United Nations humanitarian agencies today called for action to stop a potential famine in South Sudan which they said is being allowed to happen, just as it occurred in Somalia and the Horn of Africa three years ago.”

“From food aid to nutritious, locally produced food: A look at fortifying flour in Ethiopia,” by Jeff Dykstra, Devex. “Nutritional deficiencies during pregnancy and the first two years of life can’t be reversed, but they can be prevented.”

“Summer Program For Hungry Kids Gets Creative With Food Delivery,” by Pam Fessler, All Things Considered, NPR. “More than 21 million children get free or reduced priced meals during the school year. But in the summer, that number drops to only three million.”

“Child poverty rates on the rise,” by Hoai-Tran Bui, USA TODAY. “In its analysis of children's overall well-being, the 25th edition of the KIDS COUNT Data Book found that about 23% of children in 2012 are living in families below the poverty line.”

“Obama Presses Central American Leaders to Slow a Wave of Child Migrants,” by Michael D. Shear and Ashley Parker, New York Times.  “President Obama on Friday urged the presidents of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador to exercise what he called their “shared responsibility” to help stem the flow of migrant children toward the United States border, but the Central American leaders said America shares some of the blame for the crisis.”

“Child migrant crisis: Churches, aid workers on front lines in Central America (+video),” by Seth Robbins, The Christian Science Monitor.  “The presidents of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras meet with President Obama on the Central American crisis today. While their focus is often police and military solutions, others are seeking ways for kids to work or attend school without fear of being killed.”

“America Is Facing Its Greatest Social Crisis In Modern History,” by Matt Ford, The Atlantic, Business Insider.  “Mass incarceration on a scale almost unexampled in human history is a fundamental fact of our country today—perhaps the fundamental fact, as slavery was the fundamental fact of 1850.”

“The Cold War and its aftermath,” by John Norris, Devex. “Nixon defended foreign assistance as “essential to express and achieve our national goals in the international community — a world order of peace and justice.”

Hunger in the News: Hunger in America, Child Migration, Food Aid, and Youth Unemployment

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

“The New Faces of Hunger,” in National Geographic Magazine.  Stories from Iowa, Texas, and New York explore food insecurity in America.

“Child Migrants Have Been Coming to America Alone Since Ellis Island” by Tasneem Raja, Mother Jones.  “An unaccompanied child migrant was the first person in line on opening day of the new immigration station at Ellis Island. Her name was Annie Moore, and that day, January 1, 1892, happened to be her 15th birthday.”             

Immigration Debate: 'Welcome the Stranger' or Punish 'the Wicked'? in Interfaith Voices. Mark Tooley, president of the Institute on Religion and Democracy and Gabriel Salguero, president of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition talk about the young migrants crossing the border and the nation’s estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in a radio interview.

“Who's really stalling the reform of African food aid,” by Timothy P. Carney, Washington Examiner.  “Food aid should be more about feeding hungry people and less about subsidizing U.S. business.”

“The Youth Unemployment Crisis Hits African-Americans Hardest,” NPR Morning Edition. “Though the national unemployment rate has fallen steadily in recent months, youth unemployment remains stubbornly high, and the jobless rate is even higher among young minorities.”

“Honduran child migrants leave home because of poverty and violence,” by Joshua Partlow, Washington Post.  “They are coming to America because a good job here means sewing underwear in a sweatshop for $47 a week.”


Hunger in the News: War on Poverty, Unaccompanied Minors, Hunger in South Sudan, and Overhauling Criminal Justice

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

“War on poverty’ remains incomplete after half century, say advocates,” by Robert Dilday, APB News/Herald.  “Fifty years after the nation marshaled its forces to eradicate poverty, about 46 million Americans are still numbered among the poor. That has to change, say Christians engaged in the issue

“This is what happened when I drove my Mercedes to pick up food stamps,” by By Darlena Cunha, The Washington Post.  “That’s the funny thing about being poor. Everyone has an opinion on it, and everyone feels entitled to share. “

“COMMENTARY: Christians worship a child who fled violence in his home country” by Gay Clark Jennings, Religion News Service.  “The baby Jesus survived Herod’s massacre because his parents took him across a border to a land where he was safe. Just like parents in Central America who are sending their children away, Mary and Joseph took great risks so their son could survive.”

“Poverty, violence fuel exodus of youths from Honduras to U.S,” by Alfredo Corchado, Dallas News. “Like many, Maynor Serrano yearns to escape to the U.S., where he has relatives. ‘It’s tough to live without hope,’ he said. ‘If it’s not there, you go look for it.”

“Misery stalks South Sudan refugees in camps,” by Jenny Vaughan, AFP.  “Nyayoul Gach was first driven from her home in South Sudan because of violence, but escaped into Ethiopia because of hunger, unable to feed her five children who were rapidly wasting away.”

“US sending $22 million more to aid South Sudan,” by Deb Ricchmann, AP. “The U.S. announced on Thursday an additional $22 million in humanitarian assistance to refugees and people displaced by the violence in South Sudan.”

Rand Paul, Cory Booker team up for justice,” by Seung Min Kim, Politico. “The duo of high-profile, first-term senators — one a New Jersey Democrat who came to Capitol Hill on Twitter-fueled national fame, the other a Kentucky Republican mulling a presidential bid in 2016 — will roll out legislation that comprehensively overhauls the U.S. criminal justice system.”

Strong June Jobs Report Masks Woes of Long-Term Unemployed,” by Rob Garver,The Fiscal Times.  “There is one segment of the population, though, that has not been sharing equally in the gains: the long-term jobless. The share of the unemployed who have been out of work for 27 weeks or more fell to 32.8 percent, but remains extremely high by historic standards.”

“Global Poverty Levels Halved But More Africans In Extreme Poverty Than In 1990: UN Report,” by Avaneesh Pandey, International Business Times.  “While the world has managed to slash the number of poor people by half in the last 20 years, more people in sub-Saharan Africa now live in a state of extreme poverty and hunger than ever before, according to the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals report published Monday.”


Hunger in the News: Poverty Drives Child Migration, Food Aid Rations Cut in Africa, Summer Food

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

"DHS: Violence, poverty, is driving children to flee Central America to U.S.," by Ana Gonzalez-Barrera, Jens Manuel Krogstad, and Mark Hugo Lopez, The Pew Center. "Of the thousands of unaccompanied children apprehended at the U.S. border in recent months, many can be attributed to poverty and regional violence in three Central American countries, a new U.S. Department of Homeland Security document finds."

"UN Forced to Cut Food Rations to African Refugees," by Kells Hetherington, Voice of America. “The cuts are ‘threatening to worsen already unacceptable levels of acute malnutrition, stunting and anemia, particularly in children,’ the WFP and refugee agency UNHCR said in a joint statement.”

"Programs Target Poverty in Obama's Five 'Promise Zones'," by Kelly McEvers, All Things Considered, NPR. "Persistent interracial poverty is a complicated problem. There are a lot of big forces that are perpetuating it."

"Bipartisan bill would extend unemployment insurance," by Cristina Marcos, The Hill. "Reps. Dan Kildee (D-Mich.) and Frank LoBiondo (R-N.J.) have introduced a bill that would extend unemployment insurance for five months."

“Sen. Patty Murray's plan to reduce summer childhood hunger” by David Sarasohn, The Oregonian.  “Twenty-one million kids get free or reduced-price school lunches, but summer food programs reach only three million of them.”

“What Kept Food Security from Improving After the Recession?“ by Alisha Coleman-Jensen, USDA, Food Assistance Branch, Economic Research Service.  “The association of food insecurity with unemployment, inflation, and the relative price of food are explored in our recent ERS report.”

“Cyclists pedal for hunger in central Neb.” By Ellen Mortensen,  Kearny Hub.  “I listened to a speaker back in the early ’90s who said every time you take a breath, someone dies of hunger. I saw all the agriculture in our state, and it really bothered me that here we are with all this food and people are dying of hunger. I knew I had to do something about it,”


Hunger in the News: Fewer Americans Blame Poverty on the Poor; Child Migrant Crisis

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

"Poll: Fewer Americans Blame Poverty on the Poor," by Seth Freed Wessler, NBC News. "As millions of Americans continue to struggle in a sluggish economy, a growing portion of the country says that poverty is caused by circumstances beyond individual control, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll."

"How the U.S. compares on income inequality and poverty," by Elizabeth Shell, PBS NewsHour. Based on new data on income inequality. PBS NewsHour takes a look to see how the United States compares against the group’s 33 other countries — and its upcoming World Cup matches.

"Foreign Aid Isn't Charity, It's an Investment," by Charles Kenny, Businessweek. "One of the few bright spots of bipartisanship on Capitol Hill of late has been in global development. The House recently passed a bill to support President Clinton’s Power Africa initiative, which is designed to boost access to electricity access across six countries in the region. Both houses also managed to reauthorize PEPFAR –the President’s Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief– which provides antiretrovirals to nearly seven million people worldwide. The U.S. still ranks near the bottom of the list among rich countries in terms of the generosity of its overseas development program, but these two pieces of legislation at least suggest that altruism and fellow feeling have not completely evaporated in Washington. Nonetheless, U.S. foreign assistance –and aid programs the world over—still face a real challenge." 

"Michelle Obama vows again to fight delays in enforcing school-lunch standards," by Lenny Bernstein, Washington Post. First lady Michelle Obama vowed again Wednesday to fight attempts to delay enforcement of school lunch nutrition standards, expressing surprise and regret at proposals in Congress that would allow some school districts to seek waivers from requirements that they offer more healthful fare.

"13 facts that help explain America's child-migrant crisis," by Dara Lind, Vox. "The flow of unaccompanied immigrant children across the US-Mexico border — mostly from Central America — is continuing to gain attention as a humanitarian crisis. So here are 13 things you need to know to get a handle on what is actually going on along the border right now; what process the US has in place to deal with unaccompanied kids; and what the government can do now." 

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."

Hunger in the News: Fewer Americans on SNAP, Homelessness Declines

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

"Economic Upswing Has Fewer Americans Receiving Food Stamps," by Pam Fessler, NPR. Critics of the food stamp program have been alarmed in recent years by its rapid growth, but the numbers have started to drop. "It's really showing that the program is doing what it's designed to do," says Dorothy Rosenbaum, a senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. "It expanded when the economy was weak and when unemployment was on the rise. And now, as the economy is improving, it's starting to decline."

"Unemployment Extension: Score One for Gridlock," by Steven Dennis, Roll Call. "Gridlock is winning the battle over an unemployment extension. It's June 1, the day after a Senate-passed unemployment benefits extension would have expired, and advocates are no closer to restoring them. An estimated 2.9 million unemployed workers have been cut off from the now-defunct Emergency Unemployment Compensation program."

"Homelessness declines as new thinking fuels 'giant untold success'," by Noelle Swan, Christian Science Monitor. "A radical change in how states address homelessness has fueled a 17 percent decline in homelessness since 2005 – a trend that has withstood financial panic, a foreclosure crisis, and the Great Recession."

"Seattle minimum-wage fight: Does $15 an hour make economic sense?" by Maria L. La Ganga, Los Angeles Times. One of the architects of the $15 minimum wage, multimillionaire Nick Hanauer, explains how raising the wage in Seattle will help the economy.

"The Campaign for Junk Food: Michelle Obama on Attempts to Roll Back Healthy Reforms," by Michelle Obama, New York Times (op-ed). "As parents, we always put our children’s interests first. We wake up every morning and go to bed every night worrying about their well-being and their futures. And when we make decisions about our kids’ health, we rely on doctors and experts who can give us accurate information based on sound science. Our leaders in Washington should do the same."

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