Stories and images of hunger and poverty in the United States


For D.C.’s desperate, a refuge from homelessness is about to disappear


by Petula Dvorak Washington Post October 23, 2015

He made a promise to help others. Now he’s giving tents to the homeless . Arnold Harvey began bringing food and clothes to the homeless on his trash route about a decade ago.


by Petula Dvorak Washington Post October 19, 2015

Picking peas should bring a better life

by Rosa Martinez as told to David Bacon New American Media June 3, 2015s

A father’s initiative: Paul Gayle had no job, no money, a new baby and 16 lessons from the Obama administration to teach him what to do next


by Eli Saslow Washington Post May 16, 2015

The Price of Nice Nails: Manicurists are routinely underpaid and exploited, and endure ethnic bias and other abuse, The New York Times has found


by Sarah Maslin Nirmahy New York Times May 7, 2015

For Hardee’s workers, it’s not a parable, it’s a job


by Anne Hull Washington Post March 14, 2015

This powerful Reddit thread reveals how the poor get by in America


by Max Ehrenfreund Washington Post January 15, 2015

Living on the streets of Oakland. The Great Recession may be over, but every night people are sleeping on benches or in makeshift shelters. Here are a few of their stories


by David Bacon East Bay Express August 6, 2014

Poverty endures in a Texas colonia


by Nicole Bengiveno New York Times June 29

Opportunity’s knocks: Tereza Sedgwick is seeing the economy from the bottom up, where the fastest-growing job in America, nursing aide, is also one of the hardest


by Eli Saslow Washington Post May 31, 2014

Fifty years into the War on Poverty, hardship hits back


by Trip Gabriel New York Times April 20, 2014

Ugh. I miss it. Transitioning from military to civilian life and from camaraderie to isolation


by Eli Saslow Washington Post April 19, 2014

Invisible child: Dasani’s homeless life


by Andrea Elliot New York Times December 9, 2013

Caught in unemployment’s revolving door


by Annie Lowrey New York Times November 16, 2013

Meet the American nomads of Walmart’s plentiful parking lots


by Jakob Schiller Wired November 1, 2013

On the edge of poverty, at the center of a debate on food stamps


by Sheryl Gay Stolberg New York Times September 4, 2013

Photo: Michael S. Williamson/Washington Post

Food stamps put Rhode Island town on monthly boom-and-bust cycle


by Eli Saslow Washington Post March 16, 2013

Photo: Linda Davidson/Washington Post

In Rust Belt, a teenager’s climb from poverty


by Anne Hull Washington Post December 8, 2012

In suburbia, a dizzying fall from middle-class grace


by Petula Dvorak Washington Post September 25, 2012

Portraits from a job-starved city: A tour through the stores, factories and offices of Rockford, Illinois


by Alec Soth and Michael Catan New York Times July 2011


Detroit food bank 2010 (photo essay)

by Anthony Suau Facing Change July 2011

Photo: David Bacon.

South of Silicon Valley, hunger haunts California town

by David Bacon New American Media June 20, 2010

Photo: David Bacon

Border communities are ground zero for hunger

by David Bacon New American Media April 18, 2011

Photo: David Bacon

In southwest Virginia, as more need help, aid organization has less to give


by Eli Saslow Washington Post April 17, 2011

Photo: Andrea Morales/New York Times

Ohio town sees public job as only route to middle class


by Sabrina Tavernise New York Times March 15, 2011

Photo: Annie Tritt/New York Times

Itinerant life weighs on farm workers’ children


by Patricia Leigh BrownNew York Times March 12, 2011

Photo: Andrew Spear/New York Times

“Teacher, my dad lost his job. Do we have to move?”


by Michael Winerip New York Times January 30, 2011

Photo: Washington Post

For migrant worker children, frequent school changes damage learning


by Kevin Sieff Washington Post November 7, 2010

Photo: Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

Across the United States, food stamp use soars and stigma fades–program now helps feed one in eight Americans and one in four children


by Jason DeParle and Robert Gebeloff New York Times November 28, 2009

Photo: David Pierini/ ChicagoTribune

Homeless students: increasingly, families taking shelter anywhere they can


by Bonnie Miller Rubin Chicago Tribune October 28, 2009

Photo: Monica Almeida/The New York Times

Recession drives surge in youth runaways


by Ian Urbina New York Times October 5, 2009

Hungry families sleep on the sidewalk, waiting for food in Hayward California


by Paul Schwartzman Washington Post August 5, 2009

Photo: L.M. Otero/New York Times

  • World Hunger Education
    P.O. Box 29015
    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.