North Korea Is Facing a ‘Tense’ Food Shortage

Kim Jong-un said addressing food insecurity was “a top priority” in the country, where millions died in a famine during the ’90s.

#agriculture-and-farming, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #famine, #food-aid, #food-insecurity, #grain, #kim-jong-un, #politics-and-government, #shortages

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Feeding the Hungry, One Wholesome Meal at a Time

An empire for feeding the hungry started with one woman and some sandwiches.

#food, #food-insecurity, #nashville-tenn

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Stimulus Checks Substantially Reduced Hardship, Study Shows

Researchers found that sharp declines in food shortages, financial instability and anxiety coincided with the two most recent rounds of payments.

#anxiety-and-stress, #census-bureau, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #food-insecurity, #poverty, #rationing-and-allocation-of-resources, #research, #stimulus-economic, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Their Daily Miracle: Getting 8 Tons of Food to the Needy, Every Day

An army of “food rescuers” in New York try to make the best of an inherently wasteful grocery system.

#brooklyn-nyc, #food-banks-and-pantries, #food-insecurity, #long-island-ny, #philanthropy, #queens-nyc, #soup-kitchens, #volunteers-and-community-service

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Ravaged by Covid, Brazil Faces a Hunger Epidemic

Tens of millions of Brazilians are facing hunger or food insecurity as the country’s Covid-19 crisis drags on, killing thousands of people every day.

#bolsonaro-jair-1955, #brazil, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #food-insecurity, #unemployment

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The State of the Mayoral Race in N.Y.C.

The Democratic primary that will likely determine the next mayor is fast approaching, and the race is heating up among top contenders.

#adams-eric-l, #city-harvest, #elections-mayors, #food-bank-for-new-york-city, #food-banks-and-pantries, #food-insecurity, #new-york-city, #primaries-and-caucuses, #stringer-scott-m, #yang-andrew-1975

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How Covid Turned Food Pantries Into ‘Mini-Costcos’

Hunger activists are using phrases like ‘warehouse optimization’ and ‘streamlined inventory management.’

#city-harvest, #food-bank-for-new-york-city, #food-banks-and-pantries, #food-insecurity, #st-johns-bread-and-life

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Biden Effort to Combat Hunger Marks ‘a Profound Change’

As millions of Americans lack enough to eat, the administration is rapidly increasing aid — with an eye toward a permanent safety net expansion.

#agriculture-department, #american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #food, #food-insecurity, #stimulus-economic, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vilsack-tom, #welfare-us

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How Food Banks Succeeded and What They Need Now

Fatigue among donors and workers is a concern. 

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #chicago-ill, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #feeding-america, #food-banks-and-pantries, #food-insecurity, #food-stamps, #quarantine-life-and-culture

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Lebanon’s Financial Collapse Hits Where It Hurts: The Grocery Store

The country’s currency has sunk to a new low against the dollar, sending prices for once affordable foods soaring out of reach.

#currency, #food-insecurity, #lebanon, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates

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My Great-Grandfather Knew How to Fix America’s Food System

In the mutual aid and stewardship of an earlier generation of American farmers, there might be hope for our own communities.

#agriculture-and-farming, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #booker-cory-a, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-trade-commission, #food, #food-insecurity, #idaho, #irrigation, #meatpacking-plants-and-slaughterhouses

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‘I Have No Money for Food’: Among the Young, Hunger Is Rising

In France and across Europe, more students are facing food insecurity as the pandemic enters its second year, and job cuts in their families take a widening toll.

#colleges-and-universities, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #food-aid, #food-banks-and-pantries, #food-insecurity, #france, #humanitarian-aid, #les-restaurants-du-coeur, #paris-france, #youth

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The Activists Working to Remake the Food System

They’re committed not just to securing better meals for everyone, but to dismantling the very structures that have long exploited both workers and consumers.

#agriculture-and-farming, #andres-jose-1969, #arkansas, #atlanta-ga, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #food, #food-insecurity, #income-inequality, #new-york-city, #organic-foods-and-products

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A Year of Hardship, Helped and Hindered by Washington

For Kathryn Stewart, a struggling single mother in Michigan, the past year showed how much safety net programs can help — and how the nation’s fickleness about them can add confusion and uncertainty to fear and worry.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #food-insecurity, #mcconnell-mitch, #pelosi-nancy, #poverty, #stimulus-economic, #trump-donald-j, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Restaurants Find a New Revenue Source: Feeding the Hungry

What began as an emergency measure in the pandemic’s early days has turned into a long-term business plan that could help many kitchens keep running.

#alkimiah-nonprofit, #alma-cocina-latina-baltimore-md-restaurant, #baltimore-md, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #food-insecurity, #new-york-city, #philanthropy, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #restaurants, #rethink-food-nyc-inc, #world-central-kitchen

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Crisis Spurs Congress Toward Big Measures to Lift Families From Poverty

Lawmakers, including at least one Republican, are focused on providing monthly payments to help families with children make ends meet.

#children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-party, #food-insecurity, #house-of-representatives, #labor-and-jobs, #poverty, #republican-party, #senate, #stimulus-economic, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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How America’s Food System Could Change Under Biden

New school meal standards? Help for small farmers? Maybe, but first the new administration has to deal with hunger, food safety and a diminished U.S.D.A.

#agriculture-and-farming, #agriculture-department, #diet-and-nutrition, #food, #food-insecurity, #food-stamps, #kass-sam, #organic-foods-and-products, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vilsack-tom

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There’s No Easy Fix for Children’s Weight Gain

Experts advise families to avoid blaming themselves and to look for opportunities to congratulate children for healthy behaviors and good decisions.

#anxiety-and-stress, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #exercise, #families-and-family-life, #food-insecurity, #income-inequality, #obesity, #weight

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America’s Other Front Line

As the Biden administration proposes additional pandemic relief, nonprofit workers see a country facing a growing crisis.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #evictions, #food, #food-banks-and-pantries, #food-insecurity, #homeless-persons, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #legal-aid-for-the-poor-civil, #nonprofit-organizations, #rural-areas, #stimulus-economic, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states, #united-states-economy

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When Biden Becomes … Rooseveltian!

Using a crisis to reduce child poverty and make America more truly a land of opportunity.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #food-insecurity, #great-depression-1930s, #income-inequality, #new-deal-1930s, #poverty, #recession-and-depression, #roosevelt-franklin-delano, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Starving Children Don’t Cry

For several years, each year was the best in human history. Then 2020 came along.

#africa, #camfed, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #famine, #food-insecurity, #poverty, #vaccination-and-immunization, #yemen

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Pastor, Can White Evangelicalism Be Saved?

A conversation about Christmas and faith’s role in building a “beloved community.”

#bible, #christians-and-christianity, #christmas, #food-insecurity, #poverty, #republican-party, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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U.K. Lawmaker Under Fire for Calling UNICEF’s Free Meals a ‘Political Stunt’

Jacob Rees-Mogg said the agency should be ashamed of itself for providing free meals to 15,000 children in Britain, prompting a backlash.

#children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #food-insecurity, #great-britain, #rees-mogg-jacob, #united-nations-childrens-fund

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Pandemic Leaves More Military Families Seeking Food Assistance

Veterans are in a similar situation, hunger advocates and service organizations have found.

#blue-star-families, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #duckworth-l-tammy, #food-insecurity, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #veterans

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We Need a Secretary of Food

Without food security for all, the United States will never fully recover from the pandemic.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #food-insecurity, #united-states

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A Trump Immigration Policy Is Leaving Families Hungry

The “public charge” rule was supposed to ensure that green cards go only to self-sufficient immigrants, but in the pandemic, it is driving up hunger and leaving Joe Biden with a quandary.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #food-insecurity, #food-stamps, #green-cards-us, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #welfare-us

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A Fight Over Agriculture Secretary Could Decide the Direction of Hunger Policy

The delicate proxy clash has pitted Democrats eager to emphasize issues like hunger and nutrition against traditionalists who believe the department should represent rural America.

#agriculture-and-farming, #agriculture-department, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #clyburn-james-e, #diet-and-nutrition, #endorsements, #food-insecurity, #fudge-marcia-l, #heitkamp-heidi, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidential-transition-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vilsack-tom

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Mutual Aid: How College Students Survive

Student-led mutual aid networks have raised tens of thousands of dollars to help peers cover basic costs of living.

#colleges-and-universities, #food-insecurity, #income-inequality, #your-feed-education, #your-feed-selfcare

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2020 Nobel Peace Prize Awarded to U.N. World Food Program

The agency was awarded the prize for providing food assistance to millions around the world, particularly during the coronavirus pandemic.

#food-insecurity, #nobel-prizes, #united-nations, #world-food-program

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Pakistan’s Most Terrifying Adversary Is Climate Change

The country debates women’s honor inexhaustibly but pays little attention to the ferocious and imminent dangers of climate disasters.

#disasters-and-emergencies, #floods, #food-insecurity, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #himalayas, #karachi-pakistan, #pakistan, #world-bank

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Famine Emerges as U.N. Theme, Crystallized by Yemen Disaster

Starvation again threatens war-afflicted Yemen, where the U.N. has halved food rations for lack of funding. “If we get the money, we still may have famine,” the head of the U.N. anti-hunger agency said.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #famine, #food-insecurity, #united-nations, #yemen

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Why Giving Food Stamps to the Rich Is Not a Terrible Idea

Every child in N.Y.C. public schools was given a $420 benefits card. The well-off should use theirs to support food banks.

#food-insecurity, #new-york-city, #quarantine-life-and-culture

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How to Help Parents Who Are Struggling to Provide for Their Kids

The pandemic has exacerbated the inequalities that already existed. These organizations are bridging the gap.

#children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #diapers, #food-banks-and-pantries, #food-insecurity, #nonprofit-organizations, #philanthropy

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A Cataclysm of Hunger, Disease and Illiteracy

A pandemic of suffering follows on the heels of Covid-19 in poor countries, and children suffer most.

#brac-bangladesh, #camfed, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #food-insecurity, #illiteracy, #malnutrition, #poverty, #shutdowns-institutional, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #unemployment, #women-and-girls

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We Must Act Now: ‘Hungry Families Can’t Wait’

“Congress and the Trump administration must act immediately to flatten the curve on our hunger crisis and get our economy moving by making increased investments in SNAP,” a reader writes.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #food-insecurity, #food-stamps, #united-states-politics-and-government

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The Other Way Covid Will Kill: Hunger

Worldwide, the population facing life-threatening levels of food insecurity is expected to double, to more than a quarter of a billion people.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #food, #food-insecurity, #shortages, #south-africa, #south-sudan

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Minivans at the Food Pantry: Meet America’s New Needy

The economic strain of the coronavirus pandemic has more Americans turning to food banks and charity for help feeding their families.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #diet-and-nutrition, #feeding-america, #food-banks-and-pantries, #food-insecurity, #unemployment

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Federal Government Relaxes Rules on Feeding Low-Income Students

Under pressure from Congress, the Agriculture Department agreed to extend special rules making it easier for schools to provide subsidized meals, but only through December.

#agriculture-department, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #education-k-12, #food-insecurity, #lunch-and-breakfast-programs, #perdue-sonny, #shutdowns-institutional, #united-states

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Young People Are Fighting Hunger and Finding Purpose

“These amazing young kids are running the whole show,” said the owner of the Wood Cafe, which gives away food. “Their energy propels it.”

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #empathy, #food, #food-insecurity, #teenagers-and-adolescence, #volunteers-and-community-service, #youth

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How a Free Meals Power Broker Spends His Sundays

For years, Winston Chiu has been committed to eliminating food waste and hunger. The pandemic has made his job a lot harder.

#chiu-winston, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #food-insecurity, #new-york-city, #philanthropy, #restaurants

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South Africa’s Big Coronavirus Aid Effort Tainted by Corruption

As South Africans cope with hunger in the pandemic, government efforts at delivering relief have floundered amid widespread allegations of fraud and mismanagement.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #corruption-institutional, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #food, #food-insecurity, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #ramaphosa-cyril, #south-africa

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For the Navajo Nation, a Fight for Better Food Gains New Urgency

As the pandemic has brought home the importance of the global movement for food sovereignty, members are planting and sharing.

#food, #food-insecurity, #gardens-and-gardening, #native-americans, #navajo-indians, #new-mexico, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #seeds, #shortages, #supermarkets-and-grocery-stores

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Why Hunger Can Grow Even When Poverty Doesn’t

The two issues are linked, but during the coronavirus pandemic the relationship is not always simple.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #federal-aid-us, #finances, #food, #food-banks-and-pantries, #food-insecurity, #food-stamps, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #income, #poverty, #recession-and-depression, #stimulus-economic, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wages-and-salaries

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Amid a Deadly Virus and Crippled Economy, One Form of Aid Has Proved Reliable: Food Stamps

In the first three months of the coronavirus pandemic, more than six million people joined a program the Trump administration tried to cut.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #food, #food-insecurity, #food-stamps, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #recession-and-depression, #unemployment, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Are You Eligible for Food Stamps Now? Maybe, but It’s Complex

States run SNAP, and many students and older people don’t realize they’re eligible. Without more federal support, millions more may qualify.

#agriculture-department, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #feeding-america, #food, #food-banks-and-pantries, #food-insecurity, #food-stamps, #internal-essential, #personal-finances

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New York City’s Community Refrigerators Offer Free Food for Those in Need

For many New Yorkers, healthy meals are hard to come by these days. Now activists are stocking refrigerators for those in need.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #food, #food-banks-and-pantries, #food-insecurity, #new-york-city, #quarantines, #refrigerators

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