Hunger in the News

December 8, 2017

Many college students going hungry, need donated food groceries and food stamps | San Francisco Chronicle

According to Hunger in America 2014, 1 in 10 adults served by Feeding America are students. A recent study by the University of California found that 19 percent of their students said they didn’t have enough to eat. This can affect energy levels and brain function, which are essential to college students. UC President Janet Napolitano has agreed to expand SNAP (formally the food stamp program) at all 10 campuses and register more students for the program. At the same time, other schools in the area are expanding their programs to help chronically homeless and hungry students. Read the Article »

Why the UN is investigating extreme poverty…in America, the world’s richest nation | The Guardian

Children and adults face hunger in every community across the country. The economy may be improving since the Great Recession, but the recovery is still leaving many Americans who were hit the hardest behind. Millions of people are still struggling to get by because of underemployment, stagnant wages and rising costs of living. The United Nations monitor on extreme poverty and human rights is currently on a tour of the United States, stopping in Alabama, California, West Virginia, Georgia, Puerto Rico, and Washington D.C. They will investigate both social and economic barriers to success, from homelessness to racial discrimination and the decline of industrial jobs. One main goal is to demonstrate that no country, no matter how wealthy, is immune to human suffering, as evidenced by the 41 million Americans who live in poverty. Read the Article »

How black millennials are taking direct action to achieve food justice — and you can, too | Bustle

African American households face hunger at a rate more than twice that of white, non-Hispanic households. And getting enough to eat is a consistent struggle for 1 in 4 African American children. The 10 counties with the highest food insecurity rates in the nation are at least 65% African American. To combat this issue, community organizations led by young African Americans are on the rise around the country. They offer alternative suggestions to diets full of fat and sugar and other food-related education at community events. 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.