Hunger in the News: SNAP, Smallholder farmers, and Halloween

November 1, 2017
Hunger in the News

New Miami-Dade, Broward food stamp distribution dates, DCF announces,” by Carli Teproff, The Miami Herald

After being swamped by citizens in Florida seeking disaster SNAP funds last month, the Florida Department of Families and Children announced new dates for distribution of benefits. On Nov. 7 through 9, the department will distribute these benefits, which it says will be enough time for everyone who needs disaster relief benefits who missed out last month to receive them.

Four things you need to know about food security in Africa,” by Landry Signe and Eyerusalem Siba, The Washington Post

Food security in Africa has improved over the last decade. However, significant threats to food security on the continent keeps the situation severe. Global initiatives against hunger and poverty leave much to be desired, with programs implemented partially or in an ineffective way. Environmental shocks also threaten food security on the continent, and conflicts in many parts of Africa have caused significant hunger. Dependence on foreign aid also undercuts African nations’ abilities to combat hunger.

We spend $9 billion on Halloween. And a miserable $1.5 billion on world hunger,” by William Lambers, Newsweek

Americans spend over $9 billion on Halloween festivities. Comparatively, the United States government’s entire efforts to combat world hunger only encompasses $1.5 billion. In the 1930s, the Chicago Tribune started a fund to help feed hungry children in the city. On Halloween, they asked readers to spend less on Halloween and to donate the difference to the fund. The McGovern-Dole program only gets $200 million a year.

Helping Smallholder Farmers is Essential to Ending World Hunger,” by Dr. Robert T. Fraley, Huffington Post

Spreading modern technology to smallholder farmers is the world’s best hope for ending world hunger. These farmers are extremely vulnerable to pests like the Fall Armyworm spreading across Africa. Smallholder farms are 90 percent of the world’s farms, making them an essential part of any effort to end hunger.

41 Million Americans Are Food Insecure. Why Are The Media Ignoring Them?,” by Eric Alterman, The Nation

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s annual report on food insecurity, the number of Americans classified as “food insecure” remained 5 million higher than in 2007, and that 13 million American children are food insecure. Fifteen percent of rural families, and 14.2 percent of urban, are food insecure. The report has received little coverage even with worrying trends beginning to crop up in 2017, despite receiving a lot in previous years.

from our Resource Library

For Education

For Faith

  • Unity Declaration on Racism and Poverty

    A diverse body of Christian leaders calls on the churches and Congress to focus on the integral connection.

    Dear Members of Congress,

    As the president and Congress are preparing their plans for this year, almost 100 church leaders—from all the families of U.S. Christianity—are...

  • In Times Like These … A Pan-African Christian Devotional for Public Policy Engagement

    This devotional guide invites deepened relationship with and among Pan-Af­rican people and elected leaders in the mission to end hunger and poverty.

  • 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...

For Advocacy

  • U.S. Hunger and Poverty State Fact Sheets

    These fact sheets provide a snapshot of hunger and poverty in the United States and in each state plus Washington, D.C. 

  • Fact Sheet: Hunger by the Numbers

    In 2017, 11.8 percent of households in the U.S.—40 million people—were food-insecure, meaning that they were unsure at some point during the year about how they would provide for their next meal.

  • 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...


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