Hunger in the News

January 19, 2018

While we waste food, others waste away | Baltimore Sun

By some estimates, nearly half of the food grown, processed and transported in the U.S. goes to waste. Last year, the Feeding America network and our partners rescued 3.5 billion pounds of food. That food went straight to feeding people facing hunger. Worldwide, 11.3% of the population is food insecure. If we were able to redistribute all of the wasted food, we could feed these people three times over. One major way to contribute to this is to re-distribute excess food on a large scale, while also focusing on portion control, utilizing leftovers, and monitoring expiration dates on a personal level. Read the Article »

Food stamp program makes fresh produce more affordable | NPR

Feeding America established the National Produce Program to increase the network’s capacity to handle fresh foods. This program has grown substantially over the past few years and has become the number one category of food that we distribute, with over 2 million pounds of fresh produce distributed weekly. Our task is not only to provide meals for people in need, but also to provide nutritious meals that can help improve health and well-being. For SNAP participants, the cost of fresh produce is often the biggest barrier to eating healthier foods. A new program implemented by UC San Diego, Más Fresco, aims to improve the overall health of participants by making fresh produce more affordable with a one-to-one match for every dollar’s worth of food stamps spent on this food category. Read the Article »

It’s hard to study if you’re hungry | New York Times

Regarding the adults that Feeding America serves, 1 in 10 is currently a student. It’s estimated that half of all college students face food insecurity at some point while they are in school. While the cost of higher education is at an all-time high, the majority of American families have less wealth and income than in the past. More students are qualifying for financial aid than ever before, but states have less money to distribute. Schools like Spelman and Morehouse are stepping up and handing out free meals to students in need, among others who provide meal vouchers and grocery scholarships, in an attempt to combat some of these issues. 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.