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Basic Needs

Fighting Hunger on Michigan's Northern Frontier

Kenneth Estelle | Posted 07.08.2014 | Impact
Kenneth Estelle

Food banks like ours are equipped to save surplus food before it ends up in the landfill, but since the recession, our network has been stretched to capacity by the growing need.

Hate to Clean? Be Thankful

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

This Thanksgiving, when you're feeling grateful for your feast, also think about the napkins, the well-scrubbed faces around your table and the prospect of cleaning the oven when it's all over.

What To Do When Nature Calls

Agapi Stassinopoulos | Posted 11.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Agapi Stassinopoulos

If we do not listen to our basic needs, eat when we are hungry, sleep when we are tired, stretch when our body is tense, or drink water when we are thirsty, what other signals are we ignoring? What else in ourselves are we neglecting? Why do you think we do that?

In the Eye of the Storm: Remembering the Most Vulnerable

Tamar Birckhead | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Tamar Birckhead

Consistent with human nature, our interest soon faded. As we resumed our regular activities, the media began another news cycle -- focusing on the election results, the next nor'easter, a celebrity marriage or the latest grisly murder. It is unfortunate but inevitable.

Good News: More Americans Can Afford Food, Medicine

Loren Berlin | Posted 04.24.2012 | Money

In another sign that the economy is recovering, Americans' access to basic goods and services is improving, according to a new Gallup survey. The ...

Mall Santas Curb Children's Expectations To Reflect Faltering Economy

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 11.30.2011 | Business

With so much economic uncertainty weighing on Americans this holiday season, even Santa Claus has to hedge a bit. Prospective Santas at the Charles...

Nearly Half Of All Households Lack Basic Economic Security

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 11.22.2011 | Business

There are certain basic costs that every household runs up -- food costs, medical expenses, utility bills. And almost half of all Americans are in dan...

More Than Half Of All Americans Didn't Go Out To Eat Last Year: Census Bureau

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 12.21.2011 | Business

More than half of all Americans say they've recently gone a year without dining out, in what may be one of the clearest reflections yet of how the lis...

Even Wild Dogs Protect Their Packs

Tony Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tony Schwartz

The most basic reason for guaranteeing universal health care is that we encourage a primitive, survival-based world when we fail to meet otherwise productive people's most basic needs.

Philanthropy and the Economic Crisis

Georgia Levenson Keohane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Georgia Levenson Keohane

This week and next I am a guest blogger at The Center for Effective Philanthropy. My posts address philanthropy and the economic crisis, and include ...

Down and Out in Los Angeles

Dylan Kendall | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dylan Kendall

My work has led me to question whether our current understanding of "basic needs" does little more than sustain the problem of homelessness, rather than solve it by creating empowered individuals capable of managing their own lives.