United States

Farm workers picking peppers in the Bakersfield, California area.  Photo: Ricardo DeAratanha/Los Angeles Times/MCT

The biggest challenge to immigration bill may be guest workers

by Franco Ordonez McClatchy Newspapers November 20, 2012

As immigration talks resume, the public debate has once again zeroed in on the merits of granting some type of so-called amnesty to 11 million illegal immigrants. But another, more complicated dispute – where the sides are equally entrenched – is brewing behind the scenes between organized labor...

Two million could see unemployment benefits disappear by year’s end

by Michael A Fletcher Washington Post November 12, 2012

More than 2 million Americans stand to lose their jobless benefits unless Congress reauthorizes federal emergency unemployment help before the end of the year....

A protester held up a sign at a demonstration outside McDonald’s in Times Square in late November.  Photo: Andrew Kelly/Reuters

Unionizing the bottom of the pay scale

by Eduardo Porter New York Times November 4, 2012

Other than poverty, José Carrillo and Joshua Williams have little in common. The austere life of Mr. Carrillo, a 79-year-old Peruvian immigrant from Washington Heights, is a universe apart from the hardscrabble reality of Mr. Williams, a 28-year-old single father from Atlanta staying at his aunt’...

Balancing act: Low-wage workers struggle to care for families, keep jobs

by Cindy Krischer Goodman Miami Herald October 29, 2012

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Shannon Hardin earns $10.90 an hour at her part-time job. “I can’t live on this,” she said. “It’s almost impossible.”  Photo:Sandy Huffaker/New York Times

The new American job: A part-time life as hours shrink and shift

by Steven Greenhouse New York Times October 27, 2012

SPRING VALLEY, Calif. — Since the Fresh & Easy grocery chain was founded five years ago, it has opened 150 stores in California and positioned itself as a hip, socially responsible company....

Standard of living is in the shadows as election issue

by David Leonhardt New York Times October 23, 2012

WASHINGTON — Taxes and government spending. Health care. Immigration. Financial regulation.They are the issues that have dominated the political debate in recent years and have played a prominent role in this presidential campaign. But in many ways they have obscured what is arguably the nation’...

Ohio pushes welfare recipients to find work and exit the system

by Mark Guarino Christian Science Monitor October 15, 2012

WARREN, OHIO — Karen Owens dreams of one day getting a job – perhaps becoming certified as a substance abuse counselor. But when a state welfare official told her she had to get a job immediately or risk losing her public assistance, her doctor repeatedly warned county officials she was not read...

California’s Central Valley is our greatest food resource. So why are we treating it so badly?

by Mark Bittman New York Times October 10, 2012

I left Los Angeles at 4 in the morning, long before first light, and made it to Bakersfield — the land of oil derricks, lowriders and truck stops with Punjabi food — by 6. Ten minutes later, I was in the land of carrots....

Romney calls for foreign aid overhaul at Clinton Global Initiative event

by Philip Rucker and Scott Wilson Washington Post September 25, 2012

NEW YORK — President Obama and his Republican rival, Mitt Romney, appeared within hours of each other Tuesday at a global charitable gathering hosted by former president Bill Clinton, each focusing on how the United States can better promote prosperity and human rights abroad and at home....

PREP Simone Brown helping a student at Intermediate School 292 in Brooklyn prepare for the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test, the subject of a recent lawsuit. One study indicated that children of professionals were, on average, exposed to approximately 1,500 more words hourly than children growing up in poverty. This resulted in a gap of more than 32 million words by the time the children reached the age of 4. Photo: Hiroko Masuike/The New York Times

In suburbia, a dizzying fall from middle-class grace

by Petula Dvorak Washington Post September 25, 2012

“It’s how I can buy her a dress like this,” explains Yemmy Fashoto, pointing to the turquoise confection her 9-year-old daughter had slipped on over her clothes, and tearing up a little when she talks about her new shopping habits....

  • World Hunger Education
    Service
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    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.