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How UAE Water Aid Can Potentially Help 2 Billion Muslims

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 07.11.2014 | World
Faisal J. Abbas

The campaign couldn't have come at a better time than this, as the Muslim World suffers -- perhaps now more than ever -- a horrid and unprecedented hijacking of our religion by vicious extremists who have done nothing for Islam except tarnish its image and create misunderstanding and hatred.

Michigan Middle School Protects Environment by Fighting Hunger

Kenneth Estelle | Posted 04.08.2014 | Impact
Kenneth Estelle

As part of an ongoing fundraiser with TerraCycle, Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank's staff have been collecting yogurt containers and shampoo bottles in the break room. Three months in, we'd managed to fill up a couple of copy paper boxes. Then Whitehall Middle School got a hold of the idea.

The Republican War on Hungry Women: The Newly Invisible and Undeserving Poor

Ruth Rosen | Posted 02.22.2014 | Politics
Ruth Rosen

The U.S. Congress is debating just how drastically it should cut food assistance to the 47 million Americans who suffer from "food insecurity," the popular euphemism for those who go hungry. In all this discussion, the real face of poverty -- single mothers -- has strangely disappeared.

Pope Francis, Liberal Populist

Brent Budowsky | Posted 01.28.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Politically the moral leadership of the pope is bad news for those Republicans, conservatives, Tea Party advocates and libertarians who politically worship at the altar of the unbridled and unregulated excesses of capitalism that Francis deplores.

Preventable Hunger in Our Land of Plenty

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

While many American families gather around the Thanksgiving table this week, some of us combining this year's traditional dinners with Hanukkah feasts, the nearly 49 million Americans living in food insecure households will be struggling to afford the food they need.

Census: SNAP Lifted 4 Million People Out of Poverty in 2012 and Reduced Hardship for Millions More

Sharon Parrott | Posted 11.17.2013 | Politics
Sharon Parrott

SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps) lifted 4 million people above the official poverty line in 2012, a...

Finding Health, Keeping the Money: Needles in the Nation's Haystacks

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 10.13.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Subsidizing better choices in the grocery store is a lot less expensive than stays in the intensive care unit. We don't need to prevent very many cases of diabetes, heart disease or bariatric surgeries to save back the costs of incentives for nutritious foods, 10 times over.

Ryan Budget's SNAP Cuts Even Deeper Than We Thought

Stacy Dean | Posted 05.19.2013 | Politics
Stacy Dean

New information from the House Budget Committee shows that Chairman Ryan's planned cuts in SNAP (formerly food stamps) are even more draconian than we originally thought.

Families and Fiscal Cliffs in This Holiday Season

Nancy K. Kaufman | Posted 01.30.2013 | Politics
Nancy K. Kaufman

As discussions swirl around Washington on tax rates, entitlement "reform," and discretionary spending cuts, it seems all too easy to forget that real people will suffer if the wrong decisions are made in the next several weeks.

Food Banks' Dire Warning

Reuters | Posted 01.21.2013 | Business

* High commodity prices lead to drop in gov't food donations * Food banks increase food purchases, straining resources ...

3 Steps to Protecting Food Stamps From a Cruel Congress

Michele Simon | Posted 09.14.2012 | Politics
Michele Simon

Given that nine states have attempted to pass bills to try to improve SNAP, (all failed thanks to a combined lobbying effort by the food industry and anti-hunger groups, which also stopped New York City's high-profile attempt) why not give the idea a chance?

Arthur Delaney

House GOP Wants Deeper Cuts To Food Stamps

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 07.12.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As many as three million Americans would be cut off from food assistance in the next year under a Republican proposal that cleared a com...

SNAP: the Other Corporate Subsidy in the Farm Bill?

Michele Simon | Posted 04.16.2012 | Food
Michele Simon

This week Congress begins hearings on the 2012 farm bill, the massive piece of legislation that gets updated about every five years and undergirds America's entire food supply.

Eating On $3.39 a Day Is No SNAP, Nevadans Find

Darcy DeMarco | Posted 04.02.2012 | Politics
Darcy DeMarco

Volunteers in Southern Nevada willingly lived for a week on a budget of $4.06 a day for food -- the average daily benefit for a single person on food stamps.

Local Food Banks Can't Keep Up With Demand

The Huffington Post | Posted 12.12.2011 | Detroit

Food banks in metro Detroit are struggling to keep up with demand as food assistance from federal and state programs is being cut. John Kastler, a ...

Who Should Decide How Food Stamps Are Spent?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 12.04.2011 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Let's revisit the use of SNAP funds. We could say: It's not their money, so of course food choices can/should be regulated. Let's consider the implications. What is out of bounds?

A Mobile Strategy for America's Eating Problem

Laurie M. Tisch | Posted 10.04.2011 | New York
Laurie M. Tisch

Rather than going hungry, millions of Americans are turning to calorie-dense fast food that won't break the bank. But programs that bring affordable, wholesome foods to neighborhoods that crave them are popping up everywhere.

Remember the Most Vulnerable in the Deficit Battles

Kate Maehr | Posted 09.05.2011 | Chicago
Kate Maehr

If the economy is showing tepid signs of recovery, we're seeing no indication at the hundreds of food pantries and shelters we serve daily. Record numbers of people are still in need of emergency food assistance -- many for the first time.

Amanda Terkel

GOP Cuts Food Assistance For Low-Income Families While Protecting Azaleas

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 08.14.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- If you're an azalea at the National Arboretum, you're in luck -- a Republican on the House Appropriations Committee is looking out for y...

How The Agriculture Appropriations Bill Punishes The Poor

Vicki B. Escarra | Posted 08.04.2011 | Impact
Vicki B. Escarra

Funding anti-hunger programs is an investment in our future. It saves money in health care costs and improves children's performance in school. It is also the moral and ethical thing for Congress to do.

Food for 37 Million People

Vicki B. Escarra | Posted 06.04.2011 | Impact
Vicki B. Escarra

This past year, the Feeding America network has moved more than 3 billion pounds of food to feed more than 37 million people in this country.

17 Million Children Cannot Wait for Better Nutrition

Vicki B. Escarra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Vicki B. Escarra

With one in four children at risk of hunger and one in three overweight or obese, our children cannot afford to wait another year for better nutrition.

Actress Ana Ortiz Takes On a New Role (VIDEO)

Vicki B. Escarra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Vicki B. Escarra

Anna Ortiz, of Ugly Betty, took part in the Feeding America campaign, as Fernanda -- a wife and mother whose doesn't always know how she'll feed her children.

Latino Children in America are More Likely to be Hungry

Vicki B. Escarra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Vicki B. Escarra

In the middle of National Hispanic Heritage Month, I am soberly reminded that child hunger is even more prevalent among Latino households -- one in three Latino children is food insecure.

Food Stamps Benefits Taking MONTHS To Kick In, Help Families

AP | MICHELLE ROBERTS and JUSTIN JUOZAPAVICIUS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

SAN ANTONIO — When Amanda Vaca's husband lost his job, the couple took stock of their finances and drew a startling conclusion: They could not a...