Hunger in the News: Child hunger, extreme poverty, and sentencing bill

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

Living on $2.00 a day: Exploring extreme poverty in America,” by Lauren Feeney, “PBS NewsHour.” “Earlier this month, the World Bank declared for the first time that by the end of 2015, less than 10 percent of the global population will be living in extreme poverty, subsisting on an average of $1.90 per day.”

NOT EVEN CLOSE: Obama administration falls short of ending child hunger in the U.S.,” by California Network. “A pledge, on the part of U.S. President Barack Obama to eradicate childhood hunger in the United States by 2015, has fallen noticeably short. ‘Needless to say, the nation is not close to eliminating childhood hunger in this - the target - year,’ Food Research and Action Center researchers in the report "A Plan of Action to End Hunger in America," said this week.”

Four Mothers School Bill O’Reilly on Child Hunger,” by Alyssa Peterson, The Nation. “Unsatisfied with the right-wing media’s usual poor-shaming, Bill O’Reilly has a new target: hungry kids. Although 15.3 million children live in households that struggle to put food on the table, Bill O’Reilly used a recent show to peddle his theory that child hunger is made up.”

Why the World Bank is changing the definition of the word ‘poor,’” by Charles Kenny and Justin Sandefur, Vox. “At the United Nations' big gathering in late September, world leaders signed on to an ambitious pledge: "By 2030, eradicate extreme poverty for all people everywhere, currently measured as people living on less than $1.25 a day." But just 10 days later, the goalposts shifted. The World Bank – which is in charge of setting the global poverty line — announced it was raising the line from $1.25 to $1.90 a day.”

Bill awaiting U.S. Senate action would curb mass incarceration,” (Editorial), The Kansas City Star. “The uproar on Capitol Hill over House leadership is providing high drama, but a much quieter development of recent days has the potential to greatly improve lives and society.”

from our Resource Library

For Education

  • Election Resources

    One of the best times to raise the issues of hunger and poverty is during election campaigns. Engage candidates in your state/district on hunger and poverty using our elections resources.
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    The U.S. Department of Agriculture defines food insecurity as when a person or household does not have regular, reliable access to the foods needed for good health. Black, Indigenous, and Other People of Color (BIPOC) have historically had higher...

  • Fact Sheet: COVID-19 Global Pandemic, Better Nutrition Protects Lives

    With the coronavirus now spreading in low-resource contexts and new waves of infection expected in the coming year, better nutrition for vulnerable people is more important than ever.

For Faith

  • Finding Hope, Ending Hunger on Both Sides of the Border: A Bilingual Latino Devotional

    Devotional writers challenge us to feel the Spirit of God within us and to hear God’s urgent call to demand justice so all can put food on the table.
  • The Bible on Health as a Hunger Issue

    “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.

    The Bible on...

  • Unity Declaration on Racism and Poverty

    A diverse body of Christian leaders calls on the churches and Congress to focus on the integral connection.

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    As the president and Congress are preparing their plans for this year, almost 100 church leaders—from all the families of U.S. Christianity—are...

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