United States

A record 46.7 million Americans—or roughly one in five adults—used food stamps in June, the Department of Agriculture reports

by Bonnie Kavoussi Huffington Post September 5, 2012

A record 46.7 million Americans -- or roughly one in five adults -- used food stamps in June, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently reported.Food stamp use has spiked 51 percent since October 2008, when the economy was in free fall. The number of Americans now using food stamps is rough...

Communal gardening helps refugees sink roots in a new land

by Tara Bahrampour Washington Post September 4, 2012

When he was 14, their ancestral farm — with its rice and corn fields, vegetables, cattle, horses and dogs — was confiscated under a government policy of stripping ethnic Nepalis of their property and forcing them out of the country. For the next 20 years, the family lived in an overcrowded refu...

Egypt and US near deal on debt relief

by Michael Birnbaum Washington Post September 3, 2012

CAIRO — The United States is nearing an agreement with Egypt’s new government to eliminate a significant portion of the $3.2 billion owed by the economically struggling nation, U.S. officials said Monday. The discussions are the first major negotiation...

The real Romney-Ryan budgets cuts aren’t to Medicare. They’re to programs for the poor.

by Ezra Klein Washington Post August 22, 2012

I was pretty sure that when Paul Ryan got tapped to be Robin to Mitt Romney's Batman, it meant we were in for some serious budget talk. Which was great! I love budget talk....

15 innovations making school lunches healthier and more sustainable

by Seyyada A. Burney Worldwatch Institute August 15, 2012

As summer draws to a close, it’s time for kids to go back to school. Sadly, this often means a return to terribly unhealthy school lunches filled with fried chicken, pizza pockets, sugary drinks, and high-calorie snacks. School food can jeopardize the health and well-being of America’s next gen...

Training cutbacks thwart jobless

by Paul Davidson USA Today August 10, 2012

Companies have dramatically cut training programs for new employees, experts say, worsening a skills gap that's keeping them from finding qualified job candidates and pushing up unemployment....

decades on, US starts cleanup of Agent Orange in Vietnam

by Thomas Fuller New York Times August 9, 2012

DA NANG, Vietnam — In the tropical climate of central Vietnam, weeds and shrubs seem to grow everywhere — except here.Forty years after the United States stopped spraying herbicides in the jungles of Southeast Asia in the hopes of denying cover to Vietcong fighters and North Vietnamese troops, a...

US added 163,000 jobs in July; unemployment rate ticks up to 8.3 percent

by Peter Whoriskey Washington Post August 3, 2012

The United States added 163,000 jobs in July but the monthly unemployment rate nonetheless inched up to 8.3, a contradictory pair of figures that illustrate the muddled state of the economy....

People standing outside Chosen 300 Ministries Outreach Center in Philadelphia. The Christian group in Philadelphia is fighting a city ban on feeding homeless people and has vowed that regardless of any fines, they will continue doing the work Christ sent his followers to do. Photo: Chosen 300 (undated photo)

Charity ready to defy Philadelphia ban on feeding homeless

by Stoyan Zaimov Christian Post July 18, 2012

A Christian group in Philadelphia is fighting a city ban on feeding homeless people and has vowed that regardless of any fines, they will continue doing the work Christ sent his followers to do. ...

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    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.