Hunger in the News: South Sudan, prison ministries, and taxes

Hunger in the News

South Sudan faces ‘unprecedented’ level of hunger, UN says,” by the Associated Press via U.S. News & World Report. “The United Nations says hunger in South Sudan has reached “unprecedented” levels, with nearly 5 million people suffering from severe food insecurity.”

Our Prison Ministries Are Too Small,” by Christianity Today. “From a numbers perspective, for every American church, there are about two people returning home from incarceration annually. Yet, just 1 in 5 churches (22%) that average 250 or more attendees have formal ministries for people leaving correctional facilities according to a LifeWay Research survey of 1,000 evangelical and mainline pastors conducted earlier this year.”

More Than 7 Million Americans Get Taxed Into Poverty Each Year. That’s Disgusting,” by Jordan Weissmann, Slate. “Maybe you think America needs to do drastically more to help the poor. Maybe you don’t. But my guess is you will probably agree that, at the very least, the government should not be in the business of taxing workers into poverty. And yet that’s exactly what happens to some 7.5 million childless Americans who are pushed either below or further beneath the poverty line each year thanks to their IRS tabs.”

Editorial: Make action on poverty a national priority,” by National Catholic Reporter. “’Poverty is an issue in the [2016 presidential] campaign, it’s just not being talked about. It’s certainly driving a lot of the things in the campaign. It’s certainly driving a lot of the anger.’”



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