United States

Image: For many food insecure families, buying healthy food to prepare at home is more expensive than junk food. [Steve Teare]

Fighting ‘Quiet Hunger’ in Every Philadelphia Zip Code

by Alicia Victoria Lozano Broke in Philly August 7, 2018

Food insecurity plagues more than 20 percent of people in Philadelphia and more than 1.6 million people across Pennsylvania. Broke in Philly reports on how people stretch their food budgets in one neighborhood....

Photo: The Beacon Food Forest in Seattle is the largest food forest in the US. [Annabel Clark]

Hungry for change: urban foragers take the law into their own hands

by Jenny Cunningham The Guardian August 7, 2018

While foraging is an ancient art that has taken place in US cities for as long as they’ve existed, the practice has exploded in popularity in recent years. There are some who forage because they struggle to afford food, but that is a small percentage, according to a Johns Hopkins study....

Photo: Wild rice grows along the edges of the Kakagon River in Wisconsin. [Joe Proudman/Courtesy of University of California Davis]

Climate Change Threatens Midwest’s Wild Rice, A Staple For Native Americans

by Rebecca Hersher NPR August 7, 2018

Northern wild rice, also known as manoomin, is a staple food in Ojibwe communities across the Upper Midwest, where it's also used in traditional ceremonies. And, like any wild crop, some years yield more than others, depending on the weather. With harvests decreasing due to extreme weather, states a...

Children in the Buxton summer recreational program eat lunch at Buxton Center Elementary School cafeteria last month. About one in five kids in Maine struggle with food insecurity, more than in any other New England state and more than the average across the United States. [Gregory Rec/Press Herald]

Summer meals take the edge off persistent child hunger in Maine

by Gillian Graham Press Herald August 6, 2018

While the rate of childhood food insecurity – an official measure of hunger – has declined both in the state and nationwide, Maine still has a rate higher than the national average. In 2016, 19.8 percent of Maine children lived with food insecurity. The childhood food insecurity rate for the Uni...

Partnering With Puerto Rico: New York Forms New Agricultural Trade Partnership

by Paul Post Lancaster Farming August 5, 2018

New York Farm Bureau applauds a new agricultural trade partnership designed to strengthen Puerto Rico’s economy in the wake of hurricanes Irma and Maria, which ravaged the Caribbean island last year....

Photo: With financial aid declining, many college students can’t afford to eat, studies show, even though about 40 percent are also working. Nearly 1 in 4 college students are parents, which can add to their financial stress. [franckreporter/Getty Images]

For Many College Students, Hunger ‘Makes It Hard To Focus’

by Michelle Andrews NPR July 31, 2018

As students enter college this fall, many will hunger for more than knowledge. Up to half of college students in recent published studies say they either are not getting enough to eat or are worried about it. This food insecurity is most prevalent at community colleges, but it's common at public and...

Generosity Feeds, local volunteers aim to combat high hunger rate

by Marielle Mohs kmov.com July 29, 2018

With 94 percent of children in the St. Louis area struggling with hunger, one of the highest rates in the country, volunteers from Generosity Feeds arrived to help lower that statistic. The group's goal was to pack 10,000 non-perishable meals in two hours Saturday morning....

Photo: NAFMNP, a nonprofit unaffiliated with the government, has offered a temporary solution. [Andrew Burton/Getty Images] 

Farmers’ Market SNAP Crisis Gets ‘Emergency Support,’ But No Long-term Fix

by Hugh Merwin Grub Street July 23, 2018

A nonprofit group will use its own funds to temporarily extend a payment platform that allows SNAP recipients to buy food at thousands of farmers’ markets across the country. In a statement, the National Association of Farmers Market Nutrition Programs announced that it can fund the system for 30 ...

Photo: Volunteers from Cargill in Milwaukee prepare the soil for planting at the Hunger Task Force Farm in Franklin. [Chris Kohley / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

Hunger Task Force runs its own farm

by Crocker Stephenson Milwaukee Journal Sentinel July 20, 2018

In Milwaukee County Wisconsin, Hunger Task Force's farm is producing about a half-million pounds of fruits and vegetables each year. It is a crop worth nearly a million dollars, says Matt King, who is the Hunger Task Force’s farm director, and it is distributed, without cost, to soup kitchens, she...

A food desert is an area where at least a third of residents live more than a mile from a grocery store. [Photo: Shutterstock]

Replenishing a Food Desert, One Store at a Time

by Kate Elizabeth Queram Route Fifty July 18, 2018

In Dayton, a community-owned and operated grocery store will set up shop in the heart of one of Ohio's largest food deserts....

  • World Hunger Education
    Service
    P.O. Box 29015
    Washington, D.C. 20017
  • For the past 40 years, since its founding in 1976, the mission of World Hunger Education Service is to undertake programs, including Hunger Notes, that
    • Educate the general public and target groups about the extent and causes of hunger and malnutrition in the United States and the world
    • Advance comprehension which integrates ethical, religious, social, economic, political, and scientific perspectives on the world food problem
    • Facilitate communication and networking among those who are working for solutions
    • Promote individual and collective commitments to sustainable hunger solutions.