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How A Former School Bus is Fighting Hunger in America - RAMP Drives Healthy Eating and Economic Opportunity in Rural Appalachia

(3) Comments | Posted June 3, 2012 | 12:50 PM

What place do you think of when you hear "food insecurity" or "hungry kids?" Probably not the United States.

But child hunger is a reality for many Americans, especially those in rural counties, who shoulder disproportionately higher rates of entrenched poverty and have less access to healthy produce, accessible/affordable...

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Natural Disasters and Their After-Effects on Poverty

(1) Comments | Posted March 21, 2012 | 3:10 PM

Earlier this month, the United States again witnessed the havoc natural disasters cause, including the devastation of lives and homes ripped to pieces by the recent tornadoes that have pummeled the middle of our country. But what we haven't seen are the after-effects to areas that are already poverty-stricken and...

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Backpack Snack Program -- Small But Crucial Step in Fighting Hunger in the U.S.

(0) Comments | Posted December 14, 2011 | 12:17 PM

It's distressing to hear that the worldwide action to combat child poverty will fail to meet its target by 2020. In fact, even in the United States, poverty rates among children under the age of 18 shot up in 2010 to 22 percent -- up from 20.7 percent in 2009....

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Microloans in America? Rockin' Appalachian Mom Project Launches Program

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2011 | 3:46 PM

With the dim news about rising unemployment reaching 9.2 percent, job prospects in Martin County, Kentucky, one of the most poverty-stricken areas in Appalachia, are pretty few and far between. After working in the area for more than two years, the Rockin' Appalachian Mom Project (RAMP), saw an opportunity to...

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Help Thy Neighbor

(2) Comments | Posted June 10, 2011 | 11:14 AM

I just returned from my 15th trip in a little more than two years to Martin County, Kentucky. Going to Martin County is a little like stepping back in time: It's beautiful Appalachian Mountains and a rural landscape, but the poverty in the area is staggering -- some local residents...

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Fighting Hunger in "Hidden America"

(7) Comments | Posted May 9, 2011 | 11:44 AM

A mere day's drive from New York City, there exists a "hidden America" -- a place of beautiful mountains, family values, and such extreme poverty that many in America are astounded to learn something of this scale exists here. When most people think of poverty, they think of places like...

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