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

August 24, 2015
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.”

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.
  • Racially Equitable Responses to Hunger During COVID-19 and Beyond

    By Marlysa D. Gamblin and Kathleen King

    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.

    Dear Members of Congress,

    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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