Hunger in the News: Child hunger, extreme poverty, and sentencing bill

Hunger in the News: Immigration, mass incarceration, India, and sustainable development . Photo: Bread for the World

Living on $2.00 a day: Exploring extreme poverty in America,” by Lauren Feeney, “PBS NewsHour.” “Earlier this month, the World Bank declared for the first time that by the end of 2015, less than 10 percent of the global population will be living in extreme poverty, subsisting on an average of $1.90 per day.”

NOT EVEN CLOSE: Obama administration falls short of ending child hunger in the U.S.,” by California Network. “A pledge, on the part of U.S. President Barack Obama to eradicate childhood hunger in the United States by 2015, has fallen noticeably short. ‘Needless to say, the nation is not close to eliminating childhood hunger in this – the target – year,’ Food Research and Action Center researchers in the report “A Plan of Action to End Hunger in America,” said this week.”

Four Mothers School Bill O’Reilly on Child Hunger,” by Alyssa Peterson, The Nation. “Unsatisfied with the right-wing media’s usual poor-shaming, Bill O’Reilly has a new target: hungry kids. Although 15.3 million children live in households that struggle to put food on the table, Bill O’Reilly used a recent show to peddle his theory that child hunger is made up.”

Why the World Bank is changing the definition of the word ‘poor,’” by Charles Kenny and Justin Sandefur, Vox. “At the United Nations’ big gathering in late September, world leaders signed on to an ambitious pledge: “By 2030, eradicate extreme poverty for all people everywhere, currently measured as people living on less than $1.25 a day.” But just 10 days later, the goalposts shifted. The World Bank – which is in charge of setting the global poverty line — announced it was raising the line from $1.25 to $1.90 a day.”

Bill awaiting U.S. Senate action would curb mass incarceration,” (Editorial), The Kansas City Star. “The uproar on Capitol Hill over House leadership is providing high drama, but a much quieter development of recent days has the potential to greatly improve lives and society.”

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