Hunger in the News: Women farmers, prisons, and child hunger

December 19, 2016
Hunger in the News

Boosting women farmers would dramatically cut world hunger: experts,” by The Business Times. “If women farmers were given the same access to land, tools and credit as men, the boost to crop yields would dramatically cut world hunger, but this must be done fast before climate change closes the window of opportunity, hunger experts said on Friday.”

Our incarceration system is criminal with its justice,” by (Editorial), San Francisco Chronicle. “An increasing number of U.S. leaders have grown aware of our need to reduce the size of our state and federal prison populations. With only 5 percent of the world’s population, the U.S. has nearly 25 percent of the world’s prisoners. The toll of this incredible incarceration regime has devastated communities, especially low-income communities of color, across the nation. Increasingly, the overwhelming strain on state and federal budgets has also encouraged leaders to look at ways to reduce incarceration.”

Childhood poverty has dropped faster in Colorado than the U.S. But the stats don’t tell the whole story.” by Danika Worthington, The Denver Post. “Childhood poverty decreased in Colorado at twice the national rate from 2010 to 2015, signaling a faster recovery from the Great Recession here than in the country as a whole.”

A Blueprint to End Mass Incarceration,” by Matt Ford, The Atlantic. “A Brennan Center report argues that releasing the “unnecessarily incarcerated” could reduce U.S. prison populations by almost 40 percent.”

Faces of Hunger Hard to Find, But Are Everywhere on Martha's Vineyard,” by Louisa Hufstader, Vineyard Gazette. “On Martha’s Vineyard, the hungry children are hard to see. They’re not starved to emaciation like famine victims pictured in international news reports, and they’re not obese, like many low-income mainland Americans whose most affordable meals often come from fast-food restaurant chains not found on the Island. They may not even be poor.”

The Conservative Plan to Tackle Poverty,” by Alexia Fernandez Campbell, The Atlantic. “House Speaker Paul Ryan says that improving the lives of low-income Americans is a top priority. To do that, the GOP plans to help businesses first.”

from our Resource Library

For Education

For Faith

  • The Bible on Health as a Hunger Issue

    A brief examination of the biblical approach to health as a hunger issue.

    Includes an introduction to the issue, a Scriptural reflection, practical actions you can take, and a prayer.

  • Sermon by David Beckmann at Duke University Chapel

    Remarks delivered October 1, 2017 at Duke University Chapel in Chapel Hill in North Carolina.

    Thank you for inviting me to preach here at Duke University Chapel. And I especially want to thank the Bread for the World members who have come this morning.

    Bruce Puckett urged...

  • Bread Newsletter January 2016

    In this issue: Another Great Year for Bread; Catholics Begin Observance of Holy Year of Mercy; Serving on ‘God’s Wave Length’ for 39 Years; and more.

For Advocacy

  • Grassroots Advocacy Toolkit

    A set of how-to sheets for carrying out advocacy and fact sheets on the current issues Bread for the World is working on.

    For new and current Bread grassroots hunger activists.

    Ideal as a starter toolkit for new Bread activists or as a set of updates for current activists.


  • Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2017

    Unnecessarily long prison sentences, combined with the lack of rehabilitative programs for people in prison, exacerbate hunger, poverty, and existing inequalities.

    Overly harsh mandatory minimum prison sentences have contributed to the rapid increase of our country’s prison population. The...

  • Health Care Is a Hunger Issue

    Learn more about the principles that Bread for the World supports regarding health reform.


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