Hunger in the News

September 25, 2017

One of America’s biggest food banks just cut junk food by 84 percent in a year | NPR’s The Salt

Healthy bodies and minds require nutritious meals at every age. But when people do not have enough food or have to choose inexpensive foods with low-nutritional value, it can seriously impact their health. Capital Area Food Bank in Washington D.C. recognizes the importance of providing nutritious food for people facing hunger. Over the past year, the food bank has reduced the amount of junk food it supplies to its nonprofit partners by 84 percent. Read the Article »

Adding pantries and spice to New York’s hungry neighborhoods | New York Times

Through our nationwide network of food banks, we know the importance of serving families in significantly underserved or hard-to-reach areas with culturally appropriate food. And our food banks are innovating to reach that goal. City Harvest and Food Bank for New York City joined forces with United Way of New York City to get a better understanding of the food needs in their communities. As a result, they’ve added pantries in underserved communities and have implemented initiatives to get ethnic ingredients to specific neighborhoods. Read the Article »

US hunger levels dip slightly, but millions still suffer | Agri-Pulse

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently released its annual report on food insecurity in the United States. Although there was a slight drop in the percentage of food insecure households in the U.S. — from 12.7 percent in 2015 to 12.3 percent in 2016 — the reality remains that every day, there are millions of children and adults who do not get the meals they need to thrive. Read the Article »

America can’t make progress on the fight against food insecurity | Fast Company

The USDA’s latest report on food insecurity in the U.S. reveals the percentage of food insecure households still has not recovered to its pre-recession level of 11 percent. What’s more, the federal food safety net — including programs such as SNAP, WIC, and the National School Lunch Program — has only been utilized by about 60 percent of households facing food insecurity, suggesting families across the country are falling through the cracks. Read the Article »

New York City offers free lunch for all public school students | New York Times

For the 13 million kids in the U.S. facing hunger, getting the energy they need to learn and grow can be a day-in, day-out challenge. And we know that children facing hunger may struggle in school — and beyond. New York City is combatting child hunger by offering free lunch to all 1.1 million children in its public schools, beginning this school year. Read the Article »

Hunger in the News is a weekly summary of news articles that elevate the conversation of hunger and the issues affecting food insecurity in the U.S. The links contained in this summary direct you to websites that have content that is not controlled by Feeding America.