Hunger in the News: Fixing food aid, child poverty, and women empowerment

Hunger in the News

Fixing food aid to better feed hungry people,” by David Vanderpool, Devex. “The people of the United States have played an important role in stanching the tide of world hunger for the past 70 years.”

As college student poverty grows, so do food pantries,” by Carrier Wells, The Baltimore Sun. “Anya Welsh is today’s starving college student. The 31-year-old single mother from Ukraine lives paycheck-to-paycheck while juggling classes at Howard Community College to become an ultrasound technician, two part-time jobs and her daughter’s dance class. Her parents still live in her native country and can’t afford to help her.”

How Empowering Women Can Solve World Hunger,” by Elizabeth Hagedorn, NBC26. “To feed the world, empower women. ‘Women are much more likely, say all the data, to put their money — new money — into their families, into clothes for their children, tuition for the children, food for the family, improvements in the household,’ said Catherine Bertini, distinguished fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.”

My dad spent years of my childhood in prison. His incarceration punished me too,” by Dominique Matti, Vox. “I am 5 years old. I am playing on the kitchen floor when I hear it: J-A-I-L. My nana spells it out to my mom in the way adults do when they don’t want children to know what they’re saying. But I’m smart and I can spell, and I know what they’re saying. That week, I go to kindergarten and I tell all of my classmates that my daddy is in j-a-i-l. I tell them that he beat up some bullies and that he is a hero. My teacher is mortified; my classmates are intrigued.”

Doctors should screen for poverty during child-wellness visits, American Academy of Pediatrics recommends,” by Erin Blakemore, The Washington Post. “Pediatricians just declared war on child poverty.”

Catalyzing a Pathway to Women’s Empowerment,” by Åsa Skogström Feldt, The Huffiington Post. “Overcoming gender inequality is absolutely critical to achieving the end of hunger and poverty. Data shows that countries that empower women tend to see lower rates of stunting (low height for age), the primary measure of chronic undernutrition.”

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