Hunger in the News: Food pantries, immigration, and Brexit

Hunger in the News

The refugee crisis is a problem of poverty, not just migration,” by Sarah Dalrymple, The Guardian. “Images of Syrians fleeing their homes and taking treacherous journeys in search of safety in Europe have dominated the news as levels of global displacement have escalated. Figures released on Monday by the UN refugee agency, the UNHCR, show that forced displacement affected more than 65 million people in 2015, the highest level ever recorded. Most of these people are in developing countries in their regions of origin.”

Menlo Park: Charity trying to end summer hunger,” by Kevin Kelly, The Mercury News. “A local charity says there is no reason any children in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties should go hungry over the summer break from school.”

Food Pantries Address a Growing Hunger Problem at Colleges,” by Stephanie Saul, The New York Times. “Tucked away in a discreet office at Brooklyn College’s Student Center, beyond the pool tables and wide-screen TVs where her classmates congregate, Rebecca Harmata discovered a lifeline.”

Hunger, Thirst Plague Refugees Escaping Boko Haram in Southeast Niger,” by Emilie Iob, Voice of America. “The Boko Haram militant group’s insurgency has forced nearly 300,000 people to seek refuge in the Diffa region of southeast Niger, an area already dealing with chronic food insecurity. Aid agencies are struggling to provide adequate water and food to tens of thousands of people who fled a fresh attack in the border town of Bosso this month.”

IMF Warns of ‘Urgent’ Need to Tackle U.S. Poverty,” by Justin Worland, TIME. “The International Monetary Fund (IMF) told the United States that tackling poverty should be an “urgent” priority to ensure the country’s wellbeing in the fund’s annual review of the U.S economy. The report released Wednesday cited statistics showing that 1 in 7 Americans live in poverty, including 20% of children.”

Supreme Court’s Decision on Immigration Case Affects Millions of Unauthorized Immigrants,” by Haeyoun Park and Alicia Parlapiano, The New York Times. “The Supreme Court announced a 4-4 decision in a case challenging President Obama’s plan to shield as many as five million unauthorized immigrants from deportation and to allow them to work in the United States. The decision leaves in place an appeals court ruling blocking the president’s ambitious plan, dealing a sharp blow to a program that Mr.Obama had hoped would be one of his central legacies.”

Expert View: Could a “Brexit” weaken Europe’s ability to tackle global poverty?” by Tom Esslemont, Reuters. “With three days to go until Britain holds a referendum on its European Union membership, voters have the chance to reflect on key arguments made by both sides about immigration, the cost of belonging to the EU, and security. One issue those for and against a British exit from the bloc agree on is that it could affect the UK’s ability to help reduce poverty in poor nations.”

White House To Spend Millions On Training And Educating Prisoners,” by Mike Hayes, BuzzFeed News. “The Obama administration will spend millions on education and training programs to help keep those who have been incarcerated from landing back in prison.”

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