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In this week's edition: School lunch, cost of living, debt ceiling, refugee crisis, climate change, building food security
“School lunch programs will suffer if Congress fails to act,” by Christine Rushton, USA Today. “With Congress returned from its summer recess Tuesday, the legislators face a deadline at the end of September to reauthorize child nutrition programs like the 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.”
“Mapping the Difference Between Minimum Wage and Cost of Living,” by Tanvi Misra, CityLab. “There’s no county in America where a minimum wage earner can support a family.”
“On Lawmakers’ Agenda: Raise the Debt Ceiling,” by Nick Timiraos, The Wall Street Journal. “Lawmakers back to Capitol Hill this week face a packed agenda of unfinished fiscal business ripe for partisan scrapes.”
“UN agencies 'broke and failing' in face of ever-growing refugee crisis,” by Harriet Grant, The Guardian. “Damage will be impossible to reverse, warns head of UNHCR, after 10% fall in funding forces cuts to food rations and closure of clinics”
“Pope Francis: Climate change has 'grave social consequences' if not addressed,” by Andre Mitchell, Christian Today. “After releasing a powerful encyclical about the environment, Pope Francis has once again warned the public that climate change has serious "consequences," especially for the poor.”
“Oregonians needing food stamps rising fast,” by Wayne Haverlly, KGW News. “If rents go up, something’s got to give, and a lot of times that’s food.”
“Building a food-secure world helps America prosper,” by Tjada McKenna, AgriPulse. “For many countries like ours, the path from poverty to prosperity has run through agriculture, but agriculture's promise has not yet been fully realized around the world.”
Afghanistan would be considered likely to have high rates of hunger because at least two of the major causes of global hunger affect it—armed conflict and fragile governmental institutions.
Malnutrition is responsible for nearly half of all preventable deaths among children under 5. Every year, the world loses hundreds of thousands of young children and babies to hunger-related causes.
Bread for the World is calling on the Biden-Harris administration and Congress to build a better 1,000-Days infrastructure in the United States.
“As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him and established in faith.” These words from Colossians 2:6 remind us of the faith that is active in love for our neighbors.
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The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is designed to respond to changes in need, making it well suited to respond to crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bread for the World and its partners are asking Congress to provide $200 million for global nutrition.
In 2017, 11.8 percent of households in the U.S.—40 million people—were food-insecure, meaning that they were unsure at some point during the year about how they would provide for their next meal.