United States

New Mexico has the highest rates of childhood hunger, study says

by Cindy Carmcamo Chicago Tribune June 11, 2013

TUCSON -- Children in the Southwest are especially vulnerable to hunger, according to a new study ranking New Mexico as having the highest rates of childhood hunger in the nation....

In California’s rich San Joaquin valley, Latinos stuck in poverty

by Gosia Wozniacka Associated Press June 10, 2013

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Entitlement changes would put nearly half of elderly population at financial risk, report says

by Michael A. Fletcher Washington Post June 5, 2013

Nearly half of the nation’s elderly population is economically vulnerable and would be particularly hard hit by even modest changes in the Social Security and Medicare programs being considered to slow the growth of the nation’s long-term debt, according to a new report....

A Washington, DC Meals on Wheels program makes its final rounds. Across the country, Meals on Wheels programs are slashing staff, reducing the number of meals delivered or shutting down as a result of sequestration.

Sequester stalls Meals on Wheels programs

by Robert Samuels Washington Post May 31, 2013

For almost 30 years, First United Methodist Church of Hyattsville has delivered 10 meals a week to homebound seniors who live nearby. But with the sequester leading to a reduction of federal funds next month, the church’s skeletal staff has come to a sad conclusion....

Monsanto shares fall as South Korea joins pause in wheat imports

by Steven Mufson Washington Post May 31, 2013

Investors drove down the price of Monsanto shares by 4 percent on Friday as South Korea joined Japan in suspending imports of U.S. wheat after an unapproved strain of genetically modified wheat was discovered in a field in eastern Oregon....

Unapproved genetically modified wheat from Monsanto found in Oregon field

by Steven Mufson Washington Post May 30, 2013

Japan, the largest market for U.S. wheat exports, suspended imports from the United States and canceled a major purchase of white wheat on Thursday after the recent discovery of unapproved genetically modified wheat in an 80-acre field in Oregon....

Richest 20 percent get half the overall savings from US tax breaks, Congressional Budget Office says

by Lori Montgomery Washington Post May 29, 2013

The 10 largest breaks in the U.S. tax code will save taxpayers more than $900 billion this year, with a little more than half the benefits flowing to the richest 20 percent of households, congressional budget analysts said Wednesday....

Disability is an important risk factor for food insecurity

by Alisha Coleman-Jensen and Mark Nord, USDA Economic Research Service May 29, 2013

In 2011, close to 15 percent of U.S. households were food insecure. At some time during the year, these households lacked adequate food for one or more household members due to insufficient money or other resources for food. Disability has emerged as one of the strongest known factors that affect a ...