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Hunger in America

Why Canned Food Drives Alone Won't Solve America's Hunger Crisis

Posted 04.22.2015 | Parents

When it comes to hunger in the United States, we’re faced with some scary statistics: according to a 2014 study by Feeding America, 49.1 million Ame...

Living on Food Stamps is Impossible

Karl Wilder | Posted 04.14.2015 | Impact
Karl Wilder

This country does not need another celebrity to tell us how life is for "these people." These people are all around us and they are hungry. We need to have some compassion, stop hating the poor and try to understand them.

Grateful For Being Able To Give

Julia Kathan | Posted 03.27.2015 | Impact
Julia Kathan

Then, slowly, another feeling started to creep in. Gratitude. Grateful, of course, for all I have. But also because I have the opportunity to do something about the problem every day, simply by coming to work.

Why I'm Speaking Up to End Hunger in Our Schools

Kristen Bell | Posted 05.03.2015 | Impact
Kristen Bell

The thought of kids failing in school because they lacked such a simple thing - breakfast - makes me crazy. But we can do something about it.

'Now I'm One of Them': Michigan Teacher Survives Life on the Street

Kenneth Estelle | Posted 04.20.2015 | Impact
Kenneth Estelle

With support from Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank and a local homeless shelter, Dana Knight overcame homelessness with her health and dignity intact. For several months this past fall, Dana lived in the strange world of victimization and kindness that hundreds of Grand Rapids' homeless live in every day.

An Open Letter to President Obama: For Our Children

Eva M. Clayton | Posted 03.26.2015 | Politics
Eva M. Clayton

I am as committed as ever to see these goals manifest both at home and abroad, but I need you to do all that you can to work with Congress to reauthorize and strengthen The Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act. Again, thank you for your steadfast leadership.

An Alarming Number Of Food Pantries Are Slashing Portions To Meet Rising Demand

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 12.19.2014 | Impact

Hunger is on the rise in the U.S. and relief organizations don’t have the resources to meet the growing demand, a recent report concluded. Accor...

Feed a 'Silent Guest' on Giving Tuesday

William Lambers | Posted 01.30.2015 | Impact
William Lambers

When you sit down for a meal on Giving Tuesday, you can set aside a place for a "silent guest," one of the world's hungry. Then you could make a donation to a charity, the cost of feeding your "silent guest."

School Disputes Claim It Told Boy On Free Lunch Plan, 'Guess What? You Can't Have A Lunch'

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 11.25.2014 | Impact

Parents of a 7-year-old Washington boy are questioning why their son was told he couldn't be served lunch last month at school, as district officials ...

A Tale of Two Heroes Against Cancer and Hunger

William Lambers | Posted 01.24.2015 | Impact
William Lambers

Two new heroes have emerged this year. Each has shown amazing courage, leadership and generosity in helping others. They have achieved all this despite having brain cancer.

Dying From Cancer, 11-year old's Last Wish Feeds the Hungry

William Lambers | Posted 01.17.2015 | Impact
William Lambers

Eleven year-old Natalia Marsh-Welton had a mission. Not even terminal brain cancer was going to stop her. Natalia was determined to help the hungry and homeless.

Share a Meal: Fighting Childhood Hunger

Josh Duhamel | Posted 12.13.2014 | Impact
Josh Duhamel

While at the food bank, I talked with other volunteers as well as those there to collect food -- an experience that opened my eyes to the faces of hunger in our country. The people in line who needed food were often indistinguishable from the volunteers.

Carolyn Gregoire

This Teacher Gives Money From His Own Pocket To Feed His Hungry First-Graders

HuffingtonPost.com | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 09.25.2014 | Impact

Growing up in a low income neighborhood in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Marvin Callahan intimately knew the struggle of poverty from a young age. His fath...

Participate in Hunger Action Month and Help Solve Hunger

Bob Aiken | Posted 10.21.2014 | Impact
Bob Aiken

Nearly 49 million Americans struggle with hunger. These Americans live in every single county and congressional district in the U.S. Hunger is a real issue in America - and a major one at that. Yet, it doesn't have to be. If we work together as a nation, we can solve hunger.

How You Can Use Social Media To Fight Hunger

Colleen Callahan | Posted 10.19.2014 | Impact
Colleen Callahan

This past month, I had the opportunity to meet Andrea at her home in suburban Detroit. Andrea has been married eight years to her husband, Matt, and together they have a bright, energetic 7-year-old son named Connor.

Hunter Stuart

The Percentage Of Americans Who Can't Afford Food Hasn't Budged Since The Recession Peaked

HuffingtonPost.com | Hunter Stuart | Posted 08.18.2014 | Business

On a recent night last week, dinner for Jill Taormina and her family was Totino’s Pizza Rolls with a side of canned pears. There was no other food o...

A Sobering Look at "The New Face of Hunger"

Tavis Smiley | Posted 09.28.2014 | Impact
Tavis Smiley

"To witness hunger in America today," journalist Tracie McMillan writes in the August issue of National Geographic Magazine, "is to enter a twilight zone where refrigerators are so frequently bare of all but mustard and ketchup that it provokes no remark, inspires no embarrassment."

A Tale of Two Stores Fighting Hunger in America

William Lambers | Posted 09.27.2014 | Impact
William Lambers

One is a nationwide business, the other a small local farm. No matter the size, both are giants feeding those in need in their community. That's what ...

Hunter Stuart

49 Million Americans Go Hungry, Despite So-Called Recovery

HuffingtonPost.com | Hunter Stuart | Posted 05.12.2014 | Business

Dan Ryan and his wife make a combined $2,700 a month, but that's still not enough to feed them and their three children. After the rent -- $1,200...

Gerry Smith

How A Government Computer Glitch Forced Thousands Of Families To Go Hungry

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 03.27.2014 | Technology

Camilla Lewis and her son, Jamarri, did not receive food stamp payments for three months. (Photo: Gerry Smith/Huffington Post) WAKE FOREST, N.C...

Polar Vortex and Food Stamp Cuts Create Perfect Storm of Hunger

William Lambers | Posted 03.27.2014 | Impact
William Lambers

Last year 47 million hungry Americans lost food stamp benefits, and Congress may be bringing more cuts to the table. Needy families are placed in the awful situation of having to choose between heat or food.

America's Struggling Families Need a Farm Bill

Kevin W. Concannon | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics
Kevin W. Concannon

Earlier this week I was accompanied by Deputy Under Secretary Janey Thornton and Agricultural Marketing Service Administrator Anne Alonzo as we visite...

A Helping Hand for Those Who Serve

Kevin W. Concannon | Posted 02.22.2014 | Politics
Kevin W. Concannon

It is a good thing that we live in a country where a strong safety net exists to support those who find themselves in need. In a country as bountiful and blessed as the United States, no one should go hungry.

Giving the Gift of a Healthier Future This Holiday Season

Kevin W. Concannon | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics
Kevin W. Concannon

SNAP does more than just provide food. It makes a real and perceptible difference in the lives of young children and their families, and ensures a brighter, healthier future for the entire country.

Ghosts of Hunger Past, Present, and Future

Sanjeev K. Sriram | Posted 02.09.2014 | Politics
Sanjeev K. Sriram

At a time when the food stamp program is keeping millions out of poverty and easing the struggles of those who are already poor, our Congress is mulling over how best to cut the program. Perhaps three ghosts need to pay our "leaders" a visit and awaken their Scrooge-ish consciences.