The war in Syria has caused a hunger emergency in the Middle East. On Thanksgiving Eve it was announced that the U.S. Food for Peace program is donating US $125 million to feed the war victims. The donation will go to the UN World Food Programme (WFP), which is feeding over four million Syrians inside the war-torn country.
The way stores get us to spend is by offering sales under the cloak of making us think we are giving something meaningful and saving money so we can buy even more. At the same time, there are 16 million kids in the U.S. that will not be worrying about what gifts are being bought for them, but how they will get their next meal.
For families who are housing and food insecure, taking advantage of grocery delivery services isn't easy. But there are ways to overcome those barriers, and low-income housing providers can play an important role.
As many Americans prepare to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner, millions in this country still have trouble affording enough to eat. Moreover, poverty and food insecurity, or the share of households with difficulty affording adequate food, remain well above pre-recession levels -- signs of the critical importance of SNAP and other food assistance.
Though it may test our American sensibilities to admit it, the truth is the group of Christians who founded America's first colony in 1607 in Jamestown did so under communist principles.
By 2050, the world's population will reach 9 billion -- and all will need nutritious diets. Yet despite the intrinsic relationship between the food we grow and the food we eat, the agriculture and nutrition sectors are only just now beginning to overcome decades of mutual isolation.
This Thanksgiving as I look forward to enjoying a meal with friends and family, I remember a very different meal that I shared years ago with a young girl named Nalini.
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.
When we realize that something as primal as the food that we choose to eat each day makes such an important difference in addressing both global warming and personal health, it empowers us and imbues these choices with meaning.
When a private citizen, church, nonprofit or citizens group offers public distribution of precious resources such as food, financial support or temporary shelter to people experiencing homelessness, those people congregate.
The American government estimates (very conservatively) that there are more than 49,000 homeless veterans on any given night. These are among the people who we are now forbidden to feed? This law must be repealed, and the Jewish people need be at the forefront of this call to action.
Chefs can feel more empowered to think and act thoughtfully as it relates to poverty issues connected to the food system if we are better equipped to see how our practices tie in to the ebb and flow of wealth halfway around the world or sometime in our own backyards.
Although we do not often hear about the role of the U.S. military in feeding the hungry, it's a mission that goes back many years. It makes sense too because where there is war there is hunger.
I sat under the overpass wondering about the destination of the cars that passed below. I was completely without responsibility and also completely wi...
Child hunger in America is often something you don't "see" or suspect is close to you, but I found myself in an affluent area I knew quite well, interviewing hungry kids who live just blocks away from million dollar homes. I realized for the first time, 'If child hunger can exist here, it can exist anywhere.
Ending child poverty in the world's largest economy should be a no-brainer. Children cannot afford the burden of poverty. And our nation cannot afford the costly economic and moral burden of child poverty.