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The Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance calls churches and individuals to join in a world-wide “zero hunger” challenge Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church July 10, 2015

How Americans compare with the global population: 56 percent of Americans were in the high income class, compared with 7 percent of the world's population. Rakesh Kochhar Pew Research Center July 9, 2015

Farm labor groups make some progress on wages and working conditions Steven Greenhouse New York Times July 3, 2015

The home of the family of Alberto Martinez and Rufina Perez, Triqui migrant farm workers, in a plywood shack in the fields outside Hollister. Photo: David Bacon  

The home of the family of Alberto Martinez and Rufina Perez, Triqui migrant farm workers, in a plywood shack in the fields outside Hollister. Photo: David Bacon  

Thousands of farmworkers in California can't make a living David Bacon New American Media June 2, 2015
Triqui farmworkers struggle to survive and organize in California David Bacon New American Media June 3, 2015
Picking peas should bring a better life Rosa Martinez as told to David Bacon New American Media June 3, 2015

Malala speaks to staff members of the U.S. House and Senate in Washington on Tuesday. She is in the United States to advocate for girls' education with the Malala Fund, the non-profit organization she co-founded. Photo: Joshua Roberts/Malala Fund

Malala speaks to staff members of the U.S. House and Senate in Washington. She is in the United States to advocate for girls' education with the Malala Fund, the non-profit organization she co-founded. Photo: Joshua Roberts/Malala Fund

Joining voices with Malala on Capitol Hill Allison Grossman Results June 25, 2015

Why are bees hurting? A lineup of suspects Nathanael Johnson Grist June 25, 2015 A plea for bees (video)  Dennis vanEnglesdorp TED June 2008

A portion of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta from the air. Over the past 150 years, human engineering has vastly changed the delta. Photo: KQED

A portion of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta from the air. Over the past 150 years, human engineering has vastly changed the delta. Photo: KQED

Troubled delta system is California's water battleground Erica Goode New York Times June 24, 2015

The technology that could revolutionize the war on hunger Terrence McCoy Washington Post June 17, 2015

Why does almost half of America's food go to waste? Allison Aubrey PBS Newshour June 16, 2015

Dante Washington is shown in shadow of his old, semi-blighted neighborhood in East Baltimore, during July 2014. He defied the statistics of a 25-year-long research project that was turned into a book "The Long Shadow," which centers on children growing up in poverty -stricken areas of the city. (Linda Davidson/The Washington Post)

Researchers: Five ignored factors affect outcomes for poor children. Paper argues that child-rearing style, single parenthood, shift work, lack of health care and lead pull down scores. Lyndsey Layton Washington Post June 10, 2015

Noemi Sosa shops at Daily Table, a nonprofit supermarket in Dorchester, Mass. Jesse Costa/WBUR

Trader Joe's ex-president opens store with aging food and cheap meals Curt Nickish The Salt June 1, 2015

Why entrepreneurs ae suddenly finding the beauty in ugly produce Whitney Pipkin Washington Post May 26, 2015

Replanting America: 90 percent of what we eat could come from local farms. Changing what’s grown where could provide Americans with vegetables from close to home. Dan Nosowitz TakePart June 1, 2015  

WIC experienced largest decrease in participation in program’s history in 2014 Victor Oliviera Amber Waves June 1, 2015

What it really means to rely on food stamps and welfare Emily Badger Washington Post May 29, 2015

Paul and his daughter head home after attending a fatherhood development class at Next Door Foundation. Photo Jah i Chikwendiu/The Washington Post

Paul and his daughter head home after attending a fatherhood development class at Next Door Foundation. Lately Paul had had been purchasing his Pampers one at a time, repeating the same transaction so often at a corner store that a clerk had dubbed it the Daddy Paul Special, 75 cents for a single cigarette and a size-3 diaper. Photo: Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post

A father's initiative: Paul Gayle had no job, no money, a new baby and 16 lessons from the Obama administration to teach him what to do next Eli Saslow Washington Post May 16, 2015

Senators: Global hunger a national security problem Jordain Carney The Hill May 11, 2015 Food aid showdown in U.S. Congress Claire Luke Devex May 7, 2015  

Could drought slow America’s most vibrant economy? Jim Tankersley Washington Post May 8, 2015  

Giving the poor easy access to healthy food doesn't mean they'll buy it Margot Sanger-Katz New York Times May 8, 2015

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Xue Sun, a manicurist who uses the name Michelle, in the Flushing, Queens, apartment she shared with her cousin, Jing Ren, and four other people. Curtains separate the beds. Photo: Nicole Bengiveno/The New York Times  

The Price of Nice Nails: Manicurists are routinely underpaid and exploited, and endure ethnic bias and other abuse, The New York Times has found Sarah Maslin Nirmahy New York Times  May 7, 2015

Safety net does more to ease poverty than previously thought, new study finds  Greg Sargent Washington Post May 6, 2015

Inside the hidden world of homeless teen mothers. Precarious housing is one turn in a downward spiral of instability that can suffuse all facets of a young life Terrence McCoy Washington Post May 2, 2015

Conquering world hunger: Herbert Hoover, Harry Truman and the food crisis after World War II Herbert Hoover Presidential Library May 2015 On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day, May 8, 1945.

Strikers put up a barrier on the road into the labor camp ot Sakuma Brothers Farms in Burlington, Wash..

These things can change: wages and working conditions in agriculture David Bacon Dollars and Sense April 2015

The state of obesity in the United States J. Levi, L. Segal, R. St. Laurent, and J. Rayburn Robert Wood Johnson Foundation September, 2014 Adult obesity rates remain high in the USA, according to the State of Obesity. The pace of the increase in obesity is beginning to slow, however adult obesity rates increased in six US states last year.

1.5 million missing black men Justin Wolfers, David Leonhardt and Kevin Quealy New York Times April 20, 2015

New Kansas rules would limit spending of welfare benefits John Hanna AP/Washington Post April 16, 2015

Adriana Avarez with her son Manny. Photo: David Kasnic/The New York Times

Adriana Alvarez, earns $10.50 an hour as a cashier at a Chicago-area McDonald’s. She depends on Medicaid, a child-care subsidy and food stamps to help care for her 3-year-old son Manny. Photo: David Kasnic/The New York Times  

Working, but needing public assistance anyway Patricia Cohen New York Times April 12, 2015

States tighten conditions for improving food stamps as economy improves Jess Bidgood New York Times April 11, 2015

Firms move to gut California's farm labor law David Bacon Capital and Main April 7, 2015

A well-drilling rig at an almond orchard in Hanford, Calif. Land devoted to water-thirsty almonds has doubled in the state in 20 years. Photo:  Max Whittaker/The New York Times

A well-drilling rig at an almond orchard in Hanford, Calif. Land devoted to water-thirsty almonds has doubled in the state in 20 years. Photo:  Max Whittaker/The New York Times

Beneath California crops, groundwater crisis grows Justin Gillis and Matt Richtel New York Times April 5, 2015

Maximum wage! How much CEOs earn per hour Matt Krantz USA Today April 6, 2015

World Health Day 2015: From farm to plate, make food safe Hunger Notes April 7, 2015
World Health Day 2015: Five food safety tips Judy Stone Forbes April 7, 2015
Food safety law's funding is far below estimated requirement Ron Nixon New York Times April 7, 2015

House legislation supporting USAID Feed the Future program introduced by Rep. Chris Smith Hunger Notes March 30, 2015  Also see Global Food Security Act a critical step forward in ending hunger Daniel Speckhard Roll Call April 7, 2015

Weed killer, long cleared, is doubted Andrew Pollack New York Times March 27, 2015
W.H.O report links ingredient in Roundup, the world's most popular weedkiller, to cancer
Reuters New York Times March 20, 2015
Environmental group sues E.P.A. over Monarch butterfly demise
Reuters New York Times March 27, 2015

The U.S. has caused more global warming than any other country. Here’s how the Earth will get its revenge. Chris Mooney Washington Post January 22, 2014 See HN special report Environment and hunger

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Pesticide risk for green beans hasn't fallen for 20 years even though progress has been made for other produce, Consumer Reports says.  Photo: Flickr user Mohammed Mahdi

Five organic fruits and vegetables that are worth the higher cost, due to high levels of pesticide in non-organic choices Peter Whoriskey Washington Post March 20, 2015   Pesticides in Produce Consumer Reports March 19, 2015

The 25-cent raise: What life is like after a minimum wage increase  Chico Harlan Washington Post February 17, 2015 After the story is published, a minimum wage worker loses her job for talking to the Washington Post Chico Harlan Washington Post March 30, 2015

Walmart raising wages to at least $9 Hiroko Tabuchi New York Times February 19, 2015 As Walmart gives raises, other employers may have to go above minimum wage Neil Irwin New York Times February 20, 2015 Also see Stories and images of hunger and poverty in the United States

Melvin Scadden and Nadine Scadden walk into a Hardee’s restaurant in Creston, Iowa.  Photo: Matt McClain/The Washington Post

Melvin Scadden and Nadine Scadden walk into a Hardee’s restaurant in Creston, Iowa. Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) mentioned her former employment at Hardee’s during her response to President Obama’s State of the Union address. Photo: Matt McClain/The Washington Post

For Hardee’s workers, it’s not a parable, it’s a job Anne Hull Washington Post March 14, 2015

Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis book jacket

The terrible loneliness of growing up poor in Robert Putnam’s America. “Life is not something you do, it’s something you endure.Emily Badger Washington Post March 6, 2015 Also see Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis Robert D. Putnam
Reviewed by Alan Wolfe Washington Post March 6, 2015

Food industry waging a bitter battle over proposal on added-sugar labels Evan Halper Los Angeles Times March 17, 2015
UN: World eating too much sugar; cut to 5-10 percent of diet Maria Cheng  Associated Press/Myway March 4, 2015
The untold story of how the sugar industry shaped key government research about your teeth Roberto A. Ferdman Washington Post March 11, 2015

Mandating food insecurity: The global impacts of rising biofuel mandates and targets Timothy A. Wise and Emily Cole Global Development and Environmental Institute at Tufts University March 4, 2015

A ‘megadrought’ will grip U.S. in the coming decades, NASA researchers say Darryl Fears Washington Post February 12, 2015

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) costs declining, expected to fall much further. trend reflects recent benefit reduction and lower caseloads  Dottie Rosenbaum and Brynne Keith-Jennings Center on Budget and Policy Priorities February 9, 2015 See full report (10 page PDF file)

This is a May 28, 1963, file photograph of a sit-in demonstration at a Woolworth’s lunch counter in Jackson, Miss., where whites poured sugar, ketchup and mustard over heads of the demonstrators. Seated at the counter, from left, are John Salter, Joan Trumpauer and Anne Moody. Moody, whose memoir “Coming of Age in Mississippi” gave a wrenching account of growing up poor in the segregated South and facing violence as a civil rights activist, died Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, at her home in the small town Gloster, Mississippi. She was 74. (Jackson Daily News, Fred Blackwell, File/Associated Press)

Anne Moody, Mississippi civil rights activist, dies at 74 Associated Press Washington Post February 7, 2015  

Picture of man standing in an unfinished apartment. Photo: Graham Crouch for The New York Times

Neeraj Jagga bought this apartment in a 4,000-unit complex near New Delhi but said construction had barely progressed in three years. The developer, Kabul Chawla, has been the subject of numerous consumer complaints. Photo: Graham Crouch/ New York Times

Amid complaints in India, a real estate deal in Manhattan Stephanie Stall and Louise Story New York Times February 9, 2015 See more in this series Towers of secrecy: Streams of wealth flow to elite New York real estate  See HN special report Harmful economic systems: Obtaining income

New report urges Western governments to reconsider reliance on biofuels Justin Gillis New York Times January 28, 2015  Access World Resources Institute report  See HN special report Environment and hunger

Adhanet Kidane, 30, a single mother in Tampa, Fla., earns minimum wage at two fast-food restaurants. Photo: Edward Linsmier/New York Times

Adhanet Kidane, 30, a single mother in Tampa, Fla., earns minimum wage at two fast-food restaurants. Photo: Edward Linsmier/New York Times

Middle class shrinks further as more fall out instead of climbing up Dionnne Searcey and Robert Gebeloff New York Times January 25, 2015

This powerful Reddit thread reveals how the poor get by in America Max Ehrenfreund Washington Post January 15, 2015  See the Reddit thread What do insanely poor people buy, that ordinary people know nothing about? See more at US hunger images and stories

In memory of Martin Luther King
Heaven will wecome you, Dr. King
Big Maybelle
Why (The King of Love is Dead)
Nina Simone

(song in tribute, written immediately after MLK's assassination on April 4, 1968)

Three-year-old Saria Amaya waits with her mother after receiving shoes and school supplies during a charity event in October to help more than 4,000 underprivileged children at the Fred Jordan Mission in the Skid Row area of Los Angeles.  Photo: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images

Three-year-old Saria Amaya waits with her mother after receiving shoes and school supplies during a charity event in October to help more than 4,000 underprivileged children at the Fred Jordan Mission in the Skid Row area of Los Angeles. Children from low-income families now make up a majority of public school students in the nation, according to a new report. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

Majority of U.S. public school students are in poverty Lyndsey Layton Washington Post January 16, 2015

Lamar Smith, a case worker with the city-contracted nonprofit Community of Hope, does a walk-through in mid-December with Timika Holiday, 29, a formerly homeless mother of two, at her home in the District. Photo: Evelyn Hockstein/Washington Post

Lamar Smith, a case worker with the city-contracted nonprofit Community of Hope, does a walk-through in mid-December with Timika Holiday, 29, a formerly homeless mother of two, at her home in the District. Photo: Evelyn Hockstein/Washington Post

Prevent homelessness? Break the cycle of poverty? It’s not just his dream but his job. Robert Samuels Washington Post January 17, 2015

Grapes of wrath: California farmworkers fight to unionize David Bacon Al Jazeera America January 16, 2015

Most of America’s rich think the poor have it easy Roberto A. Ferdman Washington Post January 8, 2015

Children eating lunches at school. Photo: Nabil K. Mark/Centre Daily Times, via Associated Press

A provision in the federal spending bill prohibits lowering salt limits for school lunches. Photo: Nabil K. Mark/Centre Daily Times, via Associated Press

2015: The year Republicans strike back at Obama food policies Jenny Hopkinson, Helena Bottemiller Evich, Bill Tomson and Chase Purdy Politico January 1, 2015 In final spending bill, salty food and belching cows are the winners  Robert Pear New York Times December 14, 2014 Congress to nutritionists: Don't talk about the environment Dan Charles National Public Radio December 15, 2014

Vidal Cota is an immigrant farm worker from Los Mochis, Sinaloa.  He cleans the plastic tubes used for drip irrigation from a watermelon field, after the melons have been harvested. Photo: David Bacon

(MERCED, CA) Vidal Cota is an immigrant farm worker from Los Mochis, Sinaloa. He cleans the plastic tubes used for drip irrigation from a watermelon field, after the melons have been harvested. Photo: David Bacon  

Hard winter for California farmworkers  David Bacon New American Media December 22, 2014

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