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Hunger in America

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.

Farm Bill Should Fight Hunger

William Lambers | Posted 02.03.2014 | Impact
William Lambers

We need a Farm Bill that fights hunger in America and preserves the food stamp (SNAP) program. There are millions of Americans struggling because of unemployment and low wages. Yet, SNAP cuts took effect November 1st and more might be on the way.

Reflecting on Hunger this Holiday Season

Kevin W. Concannon | Posted 02.03.2014 | Politics
Kevin W. Concannon

Over the holiday weekend, I saw heart-wrenching news stories from across the country illustrating the impact of cuts through the personal stories of children and families that are using SNAP to get back on their feet.

No Turkey, Just Trimmings for Thanksgiving

Martha Burk | Posted 01.26.2014 | Politics
Martha Burk

If those who render the government dysfunctional did want to work, they could pass a decent food stamp bill, so charities wouldn't have to go begging in order to feed our fellow citizens.

Thanksgiving Resolution

Deborah Weinstein | Posted 01.26.2014 | Politics
Deborah Weinstein

After the recent cut, people receiving food stamps get an average of less than $1.40 per meal. That certainly doesn't buy a Thanksgiving dinner, but it also doesn't provide enough to put food on the table all month long.

Make Hunger a Thing of the Past

Cynthia Barron | Posted 01.26.2014 | Impact
Cynthia Barron

During the holidays, when loved ones come together to celebrate and be thankful for one another, it is important to remember that millions of people across the United States are not as fortunate as many Americans.

During the Holiday of Plenty, Remembering Those With Less

Kevin W. Concannon | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Kevin W. Concannon

As we gather around the dinner table this holiday season, we are called to reflect on our blessings. Yet there are millions of American families who are still rebuilding in the wake of the worst recession in decades -- and they still need help.

Time to Tell the Truth About Food Stamps

Deborah Weinstein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Deborah Weinstein

There is something terribly wrong with choosing to reduce the amount of food available to poor people while defending multiple and costly tax breaks for multi-millionaires. And it is based on a pile of inaccuracies that don't become true just because they are tirelessly repeated.

'The Story of Hungry'

Billy Shore | Posted 11.06.2013 | Impact
Billy Shore

We often discuss what hunger means for kids from an adult perspective -- lower test scores, poorer health, a weakened ability to escape the cycle of poverty. But what does hunger mean to a child?

A Dream Deferred: The Right to Food in America

Smita Narula | Posted 12.30.2013 | Politics
Smita Narula

In May 1968 thousands of people occupied the National Mall and demanded economic justice in the form of fair wages, decent housing, quality health care and education, and access to adequate food. Nearly fifty years later, this dream remains deferred for far too many Americans.

Congress Must Rescue Food Stamp Program

William Lambers | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
William Lambers

Where will hungry Americans go for help? They will look to food banks, but these are already overstretched and cannot make up the difference. The economy is suffering and hunger will escalate in America if Congress dismantles food safety nets.

WATCH: I Was Chased Out Of A Grocery Store For Using Food Stamps

HuffPost Live | Posted 10.01.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Nearly 49 million Americans, including 15.9 million children, struggle with hunger on a daily basis. In a conversation about food insecurity and pover...

We Dare You to Care

Clarissa Burt | Posted 11.27.2013 | Impact
Clarissa Burt

Hunger is an epidemic that occurs all around the world. Although it is something we may hear about more often elsewhere, the truth is, millions of Americans suffer from food insecurity right here in our own backyard.

The Party of Mammon

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 11.23.2013 | Politics
Robert S. McElvaine

While many Republicans like to pose as the "Party of God," what they actually show themselves to be, day after day, is the Party of Mammon.

Republican SNAP Cuts Make It Harder for Local Governments

Stephanie Rawlings-Blake | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics
Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

Americans who need food stamps are not the welfare queens Republicans so famously tout as the epitome for reform. Food stamp recipients are our children, our seniors and our disabled.

SNAP Works -- So Why Would We Slash It?

Kevin Hagan | Posted 11.19.2013 | Politics
Kevin Hagan

We have the ability in America to ensure that all of our communities have access to healthy foods. We must then ensure that every child in this country receives enough nutritious food every day to grow and learn and be given the chance to break the cycle of poverty.

Welcome Back Congress, We're Hungry for Your Leadership

Kolleen Bouchane | Posted 11.11.2013 | Impact
Kolleen Bouchane

Evidence shows that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is necessary and that it works. It doesn't matter to me whether a child is malnourished in South Sudan or Southeast Washington DC -- it's unacceptable either way.

Attacking the Hunger Epidemic -- And Winning

Floyd Hammer | Posted 10.01.2013 | Impact
Floyd Hammer

We are a nation of vast wealth and resources, but sadly, Congress only seems to posture on the issue of hunger. But much more can, and will, be done by concerned American citizens and nonprofits dedicated to lowering the number of those who go to bed at night hungry.

Facing America's Hidden Crisis

David Freudberg | Posted 09.08.2013 | Politics
David Freudberg

I've occasionally visited soup kitchens and food pantries while reporting on a problem that never seems to go away: hunger in America. And each time, I notice a certain look in the eyes of some of the patrons who get in line for food. It's the look of shame.

Changing the Future in 1,000 Days

David Beckmann | Posted 08.25.2013 | Impact
David Beckmann

We have never been closer to freeing the world from hunger and malnutrition. To back down now would be to deny the future.