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Reports: Chicago Food Deserts Down 40 Percent

Posted 12.24.2011 | Chicago

With First Lady Michelle Obama slated to appear in Chicago Tuesday for a fundraising event focused on addressing the city's food desert problem, a lea...

Study: 1 In 5 Chicagoans Are Hungry, Food Insecure

Posted 11.21.2011 | Chicago

New data released Wednesday by the Greater Chicago Food Depository shows that just over 20 percent of Chicagoans face "food insecurity." The data [...

More People Are Using Food Stamps Than Ever Before

Posted 10.03.2011 | Home

The number of people using food stamps hit an all-time high in May 2011. According to the USDA, 45,753,078 Americans and 21,581,234 households use Sup...

Five Ways to Save Billions -- and Boost the Nation's Health

Neal Barnard, M.D. | Posted 09.28.2011 | Politics
Neal Barnard, M.D.

While Congress debates how to cure America's massive debt problem, let me offer a doctor's prescription: five smart cuts could save taxpayers $383 billion and make Americans healthier at the same time.

NYC's SNAP Sugary Beverage Ban Is the Right Idea

Geoffrey Canada | Posted 09.14.2011 | New York
Geoffrey Canada

NY's proposal for a two-year pilot project to remove sugar-sweetened beverages from allowable food stamp benefits is based not only on evidence linking them to obesity, but also the fact that they have absolutely no nutritional value.

Food Stamps On The Rise At Illinois's Farmers Markets

Posted 09.12.2011 | Chicago

Swipes of the LINK card that holds Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program dollars -- what used to be food stamps -- are up at farmer's markets acro...

Jaweed Kaleem

Catholic Bishops Change Rules On Sexual Abuse, But Victims Say It's Not Enough | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 08.16.2011 | Religion

After a scathing grand jury report in March that three-dozen Philadelphia priests were kept in ministry despite "credible" sexual abuse allegations an...

Fasting for Hunger

Vicki B. Escarra | Posted 06.07.2011 | Impact
Vicki B. Escarra

Those who fasted, or are still fasting, are asking Congress not to balance the budget at the expense of our country's most vulnerable -- the impoverished, our children and our seniors.

Out of the Mouths of Babes

Ken Cook | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Ken Cook

Legislation passed by House Republicans (no Democrats voted for it) slashed $747 million -- about 10 percent -- from the 2011 budget for the Special Supplemental Feeding Program for Women, Infants and Children.

Money Talks; Hunger Doesn't

Donald Carr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Donald Carr

The tenuous economy has increased pressure on the government to reduce spending and rein in the mounting federal deficit. But not everyone is feeling the pain.

Protecting the Programs That Protect the Hungry

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

As I listened, I thought about how millions of families across the nation make the same difficult choice every day to stretch their own budgets.

Politicians Make Proposals Following NYC Hunger Survey Report

Here's Life Inner City | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Here's Life Inner City

Demand at New York City food pantries and soup kitchens increased by 6.8 percent in 2010, on top of a 20.8 percent increase in 2009.

The Economy -- and the Unemployed -- Held Hostage

Deborah Weinstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Deborah Weinstein

Because Congress failed to act in November to continue the federal emergency Unemployment Insurance program, two million unemployed workers are expect...

Healing Requires Revealing: How The Church Is Failing Abuse Survivors

Kim Michele Richardson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Kim Michele Richardson

The opportunity for accountability, resolution and a promise for the protection of vulnerable children is now.

Crafting a Response to the Incredible Rise in Child Poverty

Reid Cramer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Reid Cramer

Here's a chilling fact: over 1 in 5 children spent the year in poverty. And unlike wages or productivity figures, that's not just an indicator of the economy right now. It's a forecaster of things to come. Children, after all, grow up.

Growing Number Of Americans Rely On Food Stamps

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

The number of Americans forced to rely on federal food aid, known as the Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), has increased dramatically...

Catholic Church -- Blasphemy as a Way of Life

Michealene Cristini Risley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Michealene Cristini Risley

It is hard to fathom that people around the world are not outraged at the continued raping of or our children by the very priests we offer out trust.

Let them eat cake.

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

This argument against SNAP recipients using their benefits to purchase snack and other "unhealthy" foods is one I find disappointing. Food insecurity...

43 Million Reasons for Congress to Get Serious

Rabbi Steve Gutow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rabbi Steve Gutow

Poor kids will not be able to learn as well or as easily as they could if they were not feeling the pangs of hunger and stress and illness that come with poverty. Poverty is not a partisan issue, but a moral one.

Study: Nearly 60% Of Chicago Parishes Employed Pedophile Priests

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A new study conducted by three local advocacy groups paints a devastating picture of abuse by priests and other clergy within Chicago--showing that mo...

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.

Child Nutrition: Silence in Response to 44 Million Americans Below the Poverty Line

Billy Shore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Billy Shore

Here's a philosophical variation of the "if a tree falls in a forest" question for you: if 44 million Americans fall below the poverty line, and no one hears it, do they make any sound?

Why The House Child Nutrition Bill Is Better For Children

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

While the improvements to the quality of foods provided by our child nutrition programs is a strong step forward, there are two shortfalls to the legislation that the House should consider before taking up the Senate bill.

Shofar to Congress: Wake Up! Work Still Needs to be Done

Rabbi Steve Gutow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Steve Gutow

It is the end of the hot months of summer and some Americans and Washingtonians, particularly, are in their last days of vacation. In political Washin...

Arthur Delaney

'No Precedent' For Proposed Cuts To Food Stamp Benefits | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

To help prevent a pair of domestic spending bills from adding to the national budget deficit, Democratic leaders in the Senate have proposed cuts to f...