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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...

Advocates Lobby To Save Hunger Programs From Budget Ax

Posted 11.10.2011 | Religion

By Josef Kuhn Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) Anti-hunger advocates are racing to save federal programs that feed needy families from being...

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.

Taking Food From the Most Vulnerable Among Us Isn't a Budget Fix

Lucy Cabrera | Posted 09.26.2011 | New York
Lucy Cabrera

As the debate over budget cuts heat up in Washington, let's hope cooler heads prevail when it comes to supporting something as basic as food assistance for those in need.

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.

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.

U.S. Hunger Remains At Record High, Religious Leader Hopeful

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Whitney Jones Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) The number of Americans struggling with hunger remained stable in 2009 despite the economic d...

Farmers' Markets Attract Few Food Stamp Users

AP | SARAH SKIDMORE and DAVID RUNK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

PORTLAND, Ore. — Despite widespread efforts to attract low-income shoppers, farmers' markets have had limited success in drawing people like Bis...

Arthur Delaney

'No Precedent' For Proposed Cuts To Food Stamp Benefits

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...