Hunger in the News

January 12, 2018

Brain food | UVA Today

According to the USDA, 1 in 6 children in this country are food insecure—meaning that millions of children lack regular and easy access to the meals they need to thrive. Today, more than 4 out of 5 food-insecure households served by the Feeding America network have children under the age of 18. Academic studies reveal that children from food-insecure homes may be more likely to have significantly lower mathematics scores, repeat a grade in elementary school, experience developmental impairments in areas like language and motor skills, have more social and behavioral problems and be less prepared for the workforce as adults. Researchers at the University of Virginia are studying the effects of hunger on students’ focus, which leads to low attention span, among other things. They are working toward finding the most efficient ways for children to get the nutrients they need, which involves issues such as poverty and accessibility. Read the Article »

Severe obesity declining among low-income U.S. kids | Reuters

In the US, 1 in 6 children may not know where they will get their next meal. 84% of households Feeding America serves report buying the cheapest food — instead of healthy food — in order to provide enough to eat. But a new study on children in the SNAP Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program has found that the number of severely obese children receiving food assistance has declined, likely as a result of benefits changes that encourage healthier food purchases. This could prove that WIC is a factor in reductions in severe obesity among children because similar studies across all income levels have not demonstrated the same changes in the general population. Read the Article »

To end a food desert, these community members opened their own grocery | Fast Company

In 2017, Feeding America announced the establishment of Regional Produce Cooperatives throughout the United States that will increase the amount of produce available for distribution to people in need while also reducing wasted food. The six regional cooperatives will support Feeding America’s network member food banks and their efforts to provide more healthy food options for people facing hunger. In a similar vein, back in 2009, a group of community members in Oakland, California launched a health food store called Mandela Foods Cooperative. Noticing the lack of full-service grocery stores in their community, the group sought to provide fresh produce as well as other sought after food to their neighbors. Despite the high failure rate of new businesses, the store is thriving and will be moving into a location double the size in 2018. 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.