Hunger in the News

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November 17, 2017

Nutrition assistance programs and Medicaid are sound investments for young kids | The Hill

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) has a proven track record of not only improving food security but also providing long-term health, education and economic benefits. Food insecurity is clearly linked to poor health, delayed development and behavioral problems for children. As Congress debates cuts to nutrition assistance programs, a pediatrician and a health economist make the case for why SNAP and other government programs are crucial for children’s health. Read the Article »

Large numbers of aging veterans are malnourished | Next Avenue

At Feeding America, we know hunger doesn’t discriminate. 20 percent of the households we serve have a member who is a veteran or has served in the U.S. military. We serve 7 million Americans 60 or older, plus nearly 6 million more adults between the ages of 50 and 59. A recent study found that 15 percent of the aging U.S. veteran population was malnourished, and that veterans have a higher risk for food insecurity. Read the Article »

Americans eating fewer leftovers, food waste on the rise | Triple Pundit

America has more than enough food to feed everyone. But our abundance is accompanied by tremendous waste. By some estimates, nearly half of the food grown, processed and transported in the U.S. goes to waste. At Feeding America, we are working to find ways to rescue more food that would have otherwise gone to waste — and feed more people in need. A recent study from the Natural Resources Defense Council found the average American wastes 3.5 pounds of food each week, suggesting we can all be part of the solution. Read the Article »

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