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The U.S. has caused more global warming than any other country. Here is how the Earth will get its revenge.

by Chris Mooney Washington Post January 22, 2014

Last year, we learned what is probably the worst global warming news yet — that we may have irrevocably destabilized the massive ice sheet of West Antarctica, which contains the equivalent of nearly 11 feet of sea level rise. The rate of West Antarctic ice loss has been ominously increasing, and t...

Christopher and Melinda were participants in a program, which the state of Maryland will be expanding this month, designed to strengthen families. Photo courtesy CFUF

Dead broke, not deadbeat: Baltimore rethinks welfare policy

by Alia Malek Al Jazeera America January 15, 2014

BALTIMORE — When Darnell met his sister's friend Charlotte after his release from prison in 1997, he was sure God had sent her. While locked up, he'd often prayed for divine help....

One in three Americans slipped below the poverty line between 2009 and 2011

by Brad Plumer Washington Post January 8, 2014

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Graphic: 50 years of poverty

by Alicia Parlapiano New York Times January 4, 2014

While government programs have kept millions of people, especially the elderly, from falling into poverty, rates remain high for many groups of Americans, including children, blacks and Hispanics....

50 years later, war on poverty is a mixed bag(analysis)

by Annie Lowery New York Times January 4, 2014

WASHINGTON — To many Americans, the war on poverty declared 50 years ago by President Lyndon B. Johnson has largely failed. The poverty rate has fallen only to 15 percent from 19 percent in two generations, and 46 million Americans live in households where the government considers their income sca...

Demonstrators rally for better wages outside a McDonald’s restaurant in New York City as part of a national protest on Dec. 5. Photo: Richard Drew/AP

Majority of Americans want minimum wage to be increased, poll finds

by Michael A. Fletcher and Peyton M. Craighill Washington Post December 18, 2013

A large majority of Americans want Congress to substantially increase the minimum wage as part of an effort to reduce the nation’s expanding economic inequality, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll....

Here’s how the safety net has—and hasn’t—reduced poverty in the US

by Brad Plumer Washington Post December 10, 2013

The authors construct a broader definition of poverty and factor in programs like Social Security, food stamps, and unemployment insurance. Based on that data, the fraction of Americans with incomes below the poverty line has dropped from 26 percent in 1967 to 16 percent today....

Dasani family lives in the Auburn Family Residence in the Fort Green neighorhood of New York City, a decrepit city-run shelter for the homeless. It is a place where mold creeps up walls and roaches swarm, where feces and vomit plug communal toilets, where sexual predators have roamed and small children stand guard for their single mothers outside filthy showers.

Invisible child: Dasani’s homeless life

by Andrea Elliot New York Times December 9, 2013

Slipping out from her covers, the oldest girl sits at the window. On mornings like this, she can see all the way across Brooklyn to the Empire State Building, the first New York skyscraper to reach 100 floors. Her gaze always stops at that iconic temple of stone, its tip pointed celestially, its fac...

Study: US poverty rate decreased over past half-century thanks to safety-net programs

by Zachary A Goldfarb Washington Post December 9, 2013

New research has found that with the help of food stamps and unemployment insurance, the percentage of Americans who are poor has decreased since the 1960s. Above is a scene from Woonsocket, R.I., where a third of the residents receive nutritional assistance....

Obama: Income inequality a defining challenge

by Associated Press Washington Post December 4, 2013

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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
    • 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.
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