Hunger in the News: School meals, Catholics, and global hunger

Hunger in the News

Washington bishops rally Catholics, government to tackle poverty,” by Catholic News Service. “The dignity of human life, the common good and solidarity are “more than mere words and phrases,” said the Catholic bishops of Washington state in a joint pastoral letter, ‘Who is My Neighbor?: The Face of Poverty in Washington State.’”

Dorothy McAuliffe: Hunger does not take a holiday,” by Dorothy McAuliffe, (Commentary) Loudoun Times-Mirror. “The holiday season is upon us and many of us are looking forward to sharing time with our friends and family, giving thanks around tables filled with food. However, one in six of Virginia’s students do not have regular access to food at home. Thousands of children in the commonwealth rely on school meals as their only consistent source of quality nutrition, making the holiday season a time of anxiety and hardship for them. For too many families, hunger does not take a holiday.”

World’s horticultural scientists hear growing vegetables not rice is key to ending hunger and poverty,” by Charlie McKillop, ABC Rural. “’If you want to grow your way out of poverty, don’t plant rice or wheat. Grow vegetables.’ Dr Dyno Keatinge’s blunt message was delivered to the world’s top horticultural scientists gathered in Cairns, in far north Queensland, to tackle the challenge of poverty and hidden hunger as part of the Global Horticulture Initiative.”

Hunger a struggle in higher-education settings, too,” by Julie Wurth, The News-Gazette. “The shelves of the Newman Shares food pantry are a bit picked over on this Wednesday evening, though plenty of fresh-baked goods donated by Panera are still available.”

Thankful for Partners, Thankful for Progress in the Fight Against Global Hunger,” by Samuel A. Worthington, The Huffington Post. “As the holiday season begins in the U.S. with families and friends gathering around tables for Thanksgiving, I am beginning to reflect on this past year. A lot was quite sobering. Some citizens are voting to have their countries turn inwards and embracing fear at a time when we are facing global crises that require collective action. Humanitarian crises continue unabated and children still die from hunger. Thankfully there are also many positive trends that you might want to share with family and friends. People, like you, are standing together to make a difference and this will continue.”

Study: D.C. gentrification can cause pockets of poverty to grow, especially east of Anacostia River,” by Paul Duggan, The Washington Post. “Through years of growing gentrification in the nation’s capital, a question has vexed demographers and housing policymakers: When longtime D.C. residents of modest means are priced out of their neighborhoods by escalating rents and real estate taxes associated with rising property values, where exactly do they tend to go?”

Battling Student Hunger,” by Kasia Kovacs, Inside Higher Ed. “Universities, even with slim data, are not waiting for slow-moving government policy to help hungry college students.”

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