Hunger Headlines Week of October 20th

These are stories catching our eyes this week. Click the headline to read the whole story.

Leader’s Corner

“We Must Take Risks”

Maybe the best thing we can do for our organizations is what nobody else is willing to do, by Feed the Children President and CEO Kevin Hagan

Poverty

“Over 48 million Americans live in poverty”

Over 48 million Americans live in poverty, according to a special report by the Census Bureau. What has the ability to change this? Jobs, jobs, and more jobs, this new study says. 

“Poverty and School Funding: why low income students often suffer.”

While the current U.S. economy continues to improve, there is one area that is still feeling the squeeze from the recession years: K-12 public school spending. Our funding for public schools has a lot to do with long term achievement of students, especially in urban areas.

“One in seven Australians living below the poverty line, survey reveals”

We think of Australia as one of the wealthiest countries in the world, but a new study shows that the rate of families in poverty is on the rise. Nearly 18% of children in the country live beneath the poverty line, one-third of them in sole-parent families,

Domestic Hunger

“Many of Iowa’s hungry are children”

A state known by many as the “bread basket” of the US struggles with hunger too. Children account for one in three of Iowa’s food pantry customers, a new survey of the state’s food pantries shows.

Do Minimum Wage Increases Benefit the Middle Class?

As rallies to increase the minimum wage across the United States continue, many are asking what happens to the middle class? Will their prosperity increase too?

International Hunger

Can we feed everyone?

We all want to live in a world where no child goes to bed hungry. But is this possible considering our current agricultural resources? One blogger explores this question.

Global Response to Ebola Highlights Challenges to Delivering Aid

As international NGOs join together to bring resources to the countries deeply devastated by Ebola, the progress is slow. The fear and stigma associated with the Ebola virus contributes to recruitment problems.

Feed the Children Responds to Ebola Outbreak

Feed the Children and Curamericas Global are partnering to help stop the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in Africa, and to assist those areas already infected with the disease.

Hunger Headlines Week of September 28, 2014

These are stories catching our eyes this week. Click the headline to read the whole story.

Leader’s Corner

“The Shame of NGOs Unwilling to Risk”

Three reasons why nonprofits avoid the risks of innovation, by Feed the Children President and CEO Kevin Hagan

 

Poverty

“Five Reasons Why We’re Losing the War on Poverty” 

Poverty does not appear to be waving the white flag anytime soon. While the official poverty rate in the United States recently declined for the first time in seven years, the war on destitution is far from over and feels like a losing battle for millions of Americans.

“Locking up parents for not paying child support can be a modern-day “‘debtor’s prison.'”

There’s a seismic shift going on in Virginia: treating parents who owe child support as more than just deadbeats.

“How our child support system can push the poor deeper into poverty”

Punishing deadbeat parents is supposed to help families — but it can have the opposite effect. In the United States, nearly one in four children are due some sort of child support. But only 62 percent of the money owed is actually paid.

 

Domestic Hunger

Bread for the World Highlights the 10 Hungriest and Poorest States

The states with the highest proportion of hungry and poor people are in the South, according to a Bread for the World analysis of the latest U.S. Census data. Several states in the region account for large portions of the more than 49 million Americans who were at risk of hunger and 45 million Americans who lived in poverty last year.

USDA offers $31.5M for healthier food stamp diet

A division of the Agriculture Department is making $31.5 million in funding available to help people on food stamps obtain healthier foods.

International Hunger

West Africa Ebola Crisis Hits Tourism, Compounds Hunger In Gambia

Pestilence, cyclical droughts and floods, and the West Africa Ebola crisis have pushed hunger to record levels in Gambia, where 200,000 people need urgent food assistance, the United Nations says.

Tourism is a significant source of income for the country, and even though Gambia has not seen cases of Ebola, the outbreak in the region has caused visitor numbers to plummet by 60 percent compared to last year, said Ade Mamonyane Lekoetje, the U.N. representative for Gambia.

Hunger pains: U.S. food program struggles to move forward

Virtually every other aid-giving country and the United Nations, which helps coordinate them, use a flexible system in which critically needed grains, oils and other commodities are purchased as close to a crisis or famine zone as possible. When appropriate, many also give cash transfers or vouchers instead of sacks of food, saving money and precious time getting aid to the young, the elderly, the sick and families in crisis.

But since 1954, Congress has mandated that Food for Peace, the flagship U.S. food aid program, primarily would buy American commodities from U.S. suppliers and transport them thousands of miles on U.S.-flagged ships, even when cheaper, faster and better alternatives exist. The journey often takes seven months, as the food moves from Midwestern fields to coastal ports, across the ocean and then by truck or even donkey to its intended recipients. By then, the food may be rotted or too late to be of much help.

Hunger Headlines, Week of June 22, 2014

Poverty News

There Are 400 Million More People In Poverty Than Previously Believed: Report

A new study more accurately reflecting “the actual lives of the poor” has been released, and the numbers are not worth celebrating. According to the Global Multidimensional Poverty Index 2014 produced by the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative, roughly 1.6 billion people are living in poverty around the world — about 400 million more than what the World Bank claimed in 2010. Read the rest of the article on the Huffington Post.

Enlisting millennials in the fight against global poverty, one electronic music festival at a time

“If you look at who listens to EDM, it’s young people. It’s largely millennials. And our whole objective is to engage millennials in the fight to end extreme poverty,” says Evans, talking over lunch during a recent trip to the District. “If you want to be speaking to millennials, you’ve got to be speaking to [the artists] millennials are listening to. . . . I think that the people behind the music care deeply about these issues, and the question is: How do you create the right platform for them to express that?” Read the article on The Washington Post.

Domestic Hunger News

LA’s Johnny Appleseed teams up with Carson: Growing your food is ‘gangster’

Carson Daly has chosen to fight childhood hunger and promote healthy eating. He’s teamed up with KidsGardening.org, and they’re on a mission to grow a garden to teach kids about better food options. Full story on TODAY.

Three Hunger Words You Probably Misuse and Don’t Understand

If the child can’t get sufficient nutrition to stop and reverse the effects of stunting by the time he reaches the age of five, it’s too late. After age five, most of this damage to the child’s body and brain is permanent. This is why we are focusing more and more on providing good nutrition for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers. The first 1000 days of a child’s life (from conception to the child’s second birthday) are critical in order for her to grow and thrive throughout her life. See the infographic and read the full article here.

International Hunger News

Could Land Grabs Solve Global Hunger? Study Reveals Food Production Benefits Of Controversial Practice

Land grabbing is a controversial practice in which foreign investors buy the land of developing countries. A new examination shows the greater crop yields from agribusiness could feed millions more people than if local residents tended it themselves. Read this fascinating take on the practice here.

Hunger Headlines from the Past Week

The Current System is Broken: Bringing Hunger Relief Home for the Summer

During the school year, 21 million American children qualify for free or low-cost school meals from school lunch programs. But when school ends, so do these reliable meals. Kids right here in the United States are going hungry this summer, wondering where their next meal will come from (we call this “food insecurity”). How can they enjoy a summer of just being kids when their stomachs are growling? That’s just it – they can’t.

Read Kevin Hagan’s entire article on The Huffington Post

 

Two Years In: Meet the New Feed the Children

Our new brand reflects our renewed commitment to do more together so that more kids can just be kids and no child ever goes to bed hungry. It’s a promise we make to the world and to ourselves about how we will carry out our mission. Our mission stays the same: to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry. Our brand is how we go about doing that.

The theme of all our messages—and theme of all our work—is to help kids be kids.

Read the rest on Kevin Hagan’s blog

 

Poll: Fewer Americans Blame Poverty on the Poor

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. The poll shows a significant shift in American opinion on the causes of poverty since the last time the question was asked, nearly 20 years ago.

View the results and infographic on NBCNews.com

 

Young People Are Much More At Risk To Be Poor Now

The OECD (The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) is out with a new report on rising income inequality. The key finding that stands out, is that the risk of poverty has shifted from the elderly, those over the age of 65, to young adults, those between the ages of 18 and 25.

Read more on Business Insider

 

World Refugee Day: Shameful That Tens of Thousands of Children in South Sudan Could Die From Lack of Food

Almost a million people have been forced to leave their homes in South Sudan following months of violent conflict. Over one million are displaced and dispersed in hard to reach areas in the country, and over 350,000 more have fled South Sudan for refuge in neighbouring nations. These statistics, like many others you will no doubt read today on World Refugee Day are shocking in their scale. Unless we act now, these numbers will be about death rather than displacement – because famine is looming.

Find out where the glimmers of hope are for Sudanese kids

 

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