United States

A look at what’s driving lower purchases of school lunches

by Katherine Ralston and Constance Newman Anber Waves October 8, 2015

On a typical schoolday in October 2014, over 30 million U.S. schoolchildren and teens took their trays through the lunch line. Seventy-two percent of these students received their meals for free or paid a reduced price, and the remaining 28 percent purchased the full-price lunch....

Why world leaders dined on trash at the U.N.

by Peter Holley Washington Post September 28, 2015

There was nothing unusual about 30 world leaders, including French President François Hollande and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, sitting down Sunday for a meal prepared by some of the world’s most famous chefs....

U.S. Global Development Policy and Agenda 2030 Fact Sheet

by The White House September 27, 2015

2015 is a pivotal year for global development. World leaders gathered in New York today to adopt the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (“2030 Agenda”). The adoption of the 2030 Agenda, which sets out a global development vision and priorities for the next 15 years, captures the hopes and a...

In Pope Francis’s outreach to the poor, his deeds speak louder than his words

by Terrence McCoy Washington Post September 24, 2015

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The long, strange tale of a California farm’s attempt to break its workers union

by David Bacon In These Times September 24, 2015

The strategy by one of the nation's largest growers to shed its obligation to sign a contract with the United Farm Workers was dealt a key setback last week. An administrative law judge not only threw out what union organizers say was one of the dirtiest decertification elections in recent labor his...

Pope Francis, in Washington, addresses poverty and climate

by Peter Baker and Michael D. Shear New York Times September 23, 2015

WASHINGTON — Welcomed with a fanfare of trumpets and a chorus of amens, Pope Francis introduced himself to the United States on Wednesday with a bracing message on climate change, immigration and poverty that ranged from the pastoral to the political....

The radical roots of the great grape strike

by David Bacon The Reality Check September 20, 2015

Fifty years ago the great grape strike started in Delano, when Filipino pickers walked out of the fields on September 8, 1965. Mexican workers joined them two weeks later. The strike went on for five years, until all California table grape growers were forced to sign contracts in 1970. ...

America’s poverty problem hasn’t changed

by Gillian B. White Atlantic September 16, 2015

On Wednesday, the Census Bureau released its latest data on income and poverty for the country, and despite a falling unemployment rate and a rising GDP—two promising macroeconomic signs—things haven’t improved all that much for American families in the past year....

Lower wages for whites, higher wages for immigrants, and inequality for all

by Jeff Guo Washington Post September 16, 2015

Earlier today, the Census Bureau released data showing that 2014 was much like 2013 and the years prior: meh for the majority of Americans. Real income for the median household has been level or declining each year since the recession, and in 2014 that number remained 6.5 percent lower than it was i...

14 percent of U.S.families food insecure in 2014; 5.6 percent very food insecure, USDA report says

by U.S. Department of Agriculture September 8, 2015

In 2014, 14.0 percent of U.S. households were food insecure. The change from 2013 (14.3 percent) was not statistically significant; however, the cumulative decline from 2011 (14.9 percent) to 2014 was statistically significant....

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  • 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
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