Hunger in the News: Latinos, mass incarceration, Syrian refugees, and child nutrition programs

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

Failure to do enough to address Syrian hunger helps ISIS recruitment,” by William Lambers (Opinion), “Hungry Syrian refugees are targets for recruitment by ISIS terrorists. The U.N. World Food Program’s director, Ertharin Cousin, raised the alarm about this frightening prospect after meeting displaced Syrians in Jordan and Lebanon.”

Food banks get assistance as poverty permeates the suburbs,” by Kimberly Pennington, Christian Examiner. “Churches play a key role in helping food banks nationwide that face increased demands and declining resources, according to the director of a food bank serving hungry families just outside of Washington.”

Helping students navigate the harshest challenges of poverty,” by Gene Nichol, The News & Observer. “Many North Carolina public school teachers see firsthand the challenges faced by children living in deep poverty: Kids who often don’t have enough to eat, who sometimes don’t own coats or who wear the same clothes day after day, who live in houses or apartments containing almost no food and little furniture, in dangerous neighborhoods and unsafe buildings.”

A black eye for Pennsylvania: with nearly 4 out of 10 Latinos living in high-poverty neighborhoods, it’s worst in the nation, by far,” by Jeff Hawkes, LancasterOnline. “Latinos in many parts of Lancaster city are becoming poorer, and the pockets of poverty where many live are deepening. Those are a few of many findings Franklin & Marshall College researchers included in a study titled “Lancaster Prospers?” But the story is not unique to Lancaster at all and is likely repeating itself in cities large and small across Pennsylvania.”

“’A Profound, Glaring Injustice,’” by Leon Neyfakh, Slate. “Being in favor of criminal justice reform these days is fashionable in Washington. Politicians from the left and the right seem to agree that with 2.2 million people either in federal prison, state prison, or jail, the United States is keeping a shameful percentage of its population behind bars.”

Congresswoman calls for reauthorization of programs that combat hunger,” by Brielle Urciuoli, “Nearly 10,000 Trenton children receive free or reduced-cost lunch throughout the school year. But in the summer months, the number drops to about 1,500.”

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