Hunger in the News: Anti-poverty tools, child nutrition, and older Americans

Hunger in the News

Americans need tools to overcome poverty, poor health,” by Dr. Michael Hole, Indy Star. “Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the Indianapolis Colts, seats 67,000. If we built a place five times bigger, it still wouldn’t hold all the Hoosier children living in poverty.”

Pennsylvania Judges Rule Ban Keeping 200,000 Ex-Convicts From Employment ‘Unconstitutional,’” by Manny Otiko, Atlanta Black Star. “The Black unemployment rate is 10 percent, nearly double the national unemployment rate. However, one of the reasons Black people might have a harder time finding employment is because of the criminal justice system. This is one of the points made by Michelle Alexander in her book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. She argues that mass incarceration left large numbers of Black men with felonies preventing them for ever being gainfully employed.”

Zimbabwe Farmers: Government Farm Aid Might Worsen Hunger,” by Sebastian Mhofu, Voice of America. “Farmers in Zimbabwe say they have been forced to sell the seeds and fertilizers supplied by the government for the 2015-2016 planting season to avert a current hunger crisis. Diverting the farm supplies will have an effect beyond the agricultural industry.”

Helping the hungry,” by Jessica Garcia, Reno Gazette-Journal. “Shane Piccinini has been on an important mission since November 2014. He’s been attempting to visit as many of Northern Nevada’s rural schools as possible to ensure students are receiving nutritious meals in their school lunches in the wake of the expiration of a federal set of regulations that standardized such food for students.”

HIDDEN NEED: Criminal histories can be challenge to overcoming poverty,” by John Hageman and Sarah Volpenhein, Grand Forks Herald. “James Fountain did his time and paid his debt to society 15 years ago, but his criminal record still follows him.”

The New Face of Hunger,” by Christina Ianzito, AARP Bulletin. “We live in a country that throws out between 30 and 40 percent of its food supply, a bounty worth an estimated $162 billion. Yet millions of Americans aren’t always sure they’ll get enough full and nutritious meals.”


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