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.

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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.

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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.

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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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