We live in a region that consistently makes "best" lists -- 50 Best Cities, Best Cities to Find a Job. The truth is, those lists only apply to some of our community's residents. For others, this has become an increasingly difficult place to live with resources that are always just out of reach.
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.
As more states look to revamp their Medicaid programs in the coming months, we urge them to balance the rising need to care for low-income people and aging adults with a long-term goal of controlling healthcare and other spending.
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.
Today's poverty numbers should be intolerable. Our youngest children are still poor; we shouldn't expect them to do something to change that. And it's inexcusable that they are destined to spend the rest of their lives trying to play catch up.
The newly merged and rebranded BOOM!Health organization will serve over 8,000 New Yorkers and will become one of the most comprehensive community-based service providers in the United States led by people of color.
Welfare rolls in the United States are down more than 50 percent. But it didn't reduce poverty. That's because welfare reform dumped many recipients into low-paying jobs -- with no benefits or ability to move up. Does anybody care?
The philanthropic community has pursued a range of strategies to break the poverty cycle for parents and children through strategies that focus on early childhood development or parental capacity building, yet we've failed to achieve more positive outcomes at scale. Why?
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, is an essential lifeline that helps put food on the table for 47 million hungry Americans, and it is under fire. So, almost 30 of my colleagues and I are taking the SNAP Challenge to highlight how critical this lifeline is for so many families.
Solving hunger cannot be accomplished without a government that considers it a basic right of citizenship to have access to fresh, healthy food. It's up to citizens to demand farmer's markets, school gardens and sustainable agriculture.