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August 18, 2017

Hunger receded after the recession, but not for older Americans, U.S. figures show | Washington Post

At Feeding America, we know hunger among seniors can have serious health consequences, with more than 63% of the seniors served by our network having to choose between paying for food and paying for medicine. That’s why Feeding America, along with the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger, recently released a study about food insecurity among Americans over age 60. From 601,000 seniors (1.4%) struggling with hunger in 2001 to 2.1 million seniors (3.1%) in 2015, the proportion of older people facing hunger has more than doubled over the last 14 years. Read the Article »

When school’s out, rural Texas towns struggle to feed their hungry kids | The Texas Tribune

People who live in rural areas often face hunger at higher rates, in part because of unique challenges such as an increased likelihood of food deserts and higher rates of unemployment. Coupled with the statistic that 4 out of 5 children who receive free or reduced-price meals at school lose access to this food over the summer, it’s clear why summer meals programs for rural children are so important. The Texas Department of Agriculture’s free summer meals programs across the state are struggling to draw children, even though 1 in 4 children in the state struggle with hunger. Experts aren’t quite sure why attendance is low, but they believe lack of access to transportation is a major reason why rural Texas kids can’t reach free summer meals. Read the Article »

Time poverty worst for people in actual poverty | Huffington Post

In 2014, 72% of the households the Feeding America network served lived at or below the federal poverty level. Though they often go hand in hand, poverty is just one of several issues tied to hunger. “Time poverty” refers to people who, in addition to paid work, also are responsible for housework, childcare, and/or eldercare, and time poverty is worst for people in financial poverty. Factors such as wage, transportation, internet access, and proximity to grocery stores affect how time poverty puts stress on poor families. Read the Article »

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