Food Insecurity

2022-07-20 21:12:19
by Tom Ramstack
UN Representative Predicts Food Crisis Without Unified International Assistance 

WASHINGTON — The outlook is dim for relieving the world’s poor from the scourge of hunger, the United Nations’ director... Read More

WASHINGTON — The outlook is dim for relieving the world’s poor from the scourge of hunger, the United Nations’ director of world hunger programs told a House committee Wednesday. “There’s a lot of bad things about to happen,” said David... Read More

2022-07-15 20:22:14
by Tom Ramstack
Congress Seeks to Control the Harm of Climate Change on Food Production

WASHINGTON — Congress is searching for an innovative approach to rising food prices as climate change, political policy and farming... Read More

WASHINGTON — Congress is searching for an innovative approach to rising food prices as climate change, political policy and farming increasingly collide, leaving consumers to suffer the consequences. For some, it means a bigger part of their annual budgets will... Read More

2022-07-12 21:29:27
by Alexa Hornbeck
Veterans Continue to Suffer High Rates of Food Insecurity Beyond COVID-19 Pandemic 

WASHINGTON — The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated food insecurity among veterans and the recovery to get adequate nutrition into former service... Read More

WASHINGTON — The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated food insecurity among veterans and the recovery to get adequate nutrition into former service members' hands has been sluggish. “There are gaps and there are inconsistencies in the data, and the participation of the... Read More

2022-07-11 21:41:32
by Tom Ramstack
Congress Seeks More Food Aid to Veterans Impoverished by Pandemic

OCEANSIDE, Calif. — Anahid Brakke talked about the financial struggles facing veterans during a congressional field hearing Monday in California... Read More

OCEANSIDE, Calif. — Anahid Brakke talked about the financial struggles facing veterans during a congressional field hearing Monday in California on how to end hunger among people who served in the U.S. military. Near the headquarters of her organization, called... Read More

2022-07-08 20:37:08
by Dan McCue
Nearly 5M Additional Cans of Infant Formula Soon to Reach Store Shelves

WASHINGTON — More than 4.8 million cans of infant formula will be shipped to U.S. retailers from an Australian manufacturer... Read More

WASHINGTON — More than 4.8 million cans of infant formula will be shipped to U.S. retailers from an Australian manufacturer beginning in August, the Food and Drug Administration announced Friday. The formula is being sourced from Care A2+, an Australian-owned... Read More

Families Brace for Changes to Pandemic-Era Free School Meals

ESSEX, Vt. (AP) — Before the pandemic, there was no room in the budget for Kate Murphy’s children to buy... Read More

ESSEX, Vt. (AP) — Before the pandemic, there was no room in the budget for Kate Murphy’s children to buy lunch at school. She and her husband would buy in bulk and make bag lunches at home. So the free... Read More

2022-06-08 21:24:19
by Alexa Hornbeck
USDA Implements New Framework Focused on Improving Nutrition and Food Security

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is currently working to implement a new framework aimed at transforming food systems,... Read More

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is currently working to implement a new framework aimed at transforming food systems, especially for underserved communities. “It’s a new way of thinking about how to transform the food system to meet the... Read More

2022-05-13 18:38:52
by Dan McCue
Baby Formula Maker Extends WIC Rebates to Ease Shortage Crisis

WASHINGTON — Abbott Nutrition on Friday committed to continue providing rebates in states with which it holds Special Supplemental Nutrition... Read More

WASHINGTON — Abbott Nutrition on Friday committed to continue providing rebates in states with which it holds Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children contracts through August 31 in a bid to ease the ongoing baby formula crisis.... Read More

2022-03-22 22:47:44
by Reece Nations
School Nutrition Advocates Urge Congress to Extend Pandemic Meal Waivers

ARLINGTON, Va. — School food directors and nutrition advocates are warning that without an extension to pandemic child nutrition waivers,... Read More

ARLINGTON, Va. — School food directors and nutrition advocates are warning that without an extension to pandemic child nutrition waivers, schools across the country will be forced to cancel or scale back meal services for local families. The waivers, which... Read More

2021-11-10 21:20:48
by Tom Ramstack
Congress Seeks to Serve More Food to Veterans Who Served the US

WASHINGTON — Navy veteran Tim Keefe told a congressional panel Wednesday about how he was willing to give his life... Read More

WASHINGTON — Navy veteran Tim Keefe told a congressional panel Wednesday about how he was willing to give his life for his country when he enlisted in the military. After he left the Navy, he had trouble finding a sandwich... Read More

2021-09-16 13:44:07
by Kate Michael
Chef José Andrés Co-Chairs Food Task Force

WASHINGTON — When he’s not feeding the world, Chef José Andrés is planning how to feed the world… better. The... Read More

WASHINGTON — When he’s not feeding the world, Chef José Andrés is planning how to feed the world… better. The humanitarian chef recently co-chaired a Food and Nutrition Security Task Force of the Bipartisan Policy Center with the aim of... Read More

2021-08-31 14:41:19
by Dan McCue
Rules Committee to Host Roundtable on Food as Medicine

WASHINGTON -- The House Rules committee will host a roundtable discussion examining food as medicine on Wednesday, Sept. 1 at... Read More

WASHINGTON -- The House Rules committee will host a roundtable discussion examining food as medicine on Wednesday, Sept. 1 at 2 p.m. The event, announced by Committee Chairman James McGovern, D-Mass., is the seventh in a series of committee events... Read More

2021-08-09 15:15:13
by Kate Michael
China’s Food Security Policies Could Endanger Others

WASHINGTON -- Several of China’s policies give democratic nations pause, but at least one analyst has singled out its plan... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Several of China’s policies give democratic nations pause, but at least one analyst has singled out its plan for food security as a major cause for concern. In her latest paper published for the Hinrich Foundation, former U.S.... Read More

2021-08-03 14:29:51
by Dan McCue
Bicameral Bill Seeks to Ensure Meals for Seniors Reach Destination

WASHINGTON -- A bicameral bill with bipartisan sponsors would provide $500 million for competitive grants for states to purchase, customize... Read More

WASHINGTON -- A bicameral bill with bipartisan sponsors would provide $500 million for competitive grants for states to purchase, customize and repair vehicles that provide meals to food insecure senior citizens. Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. and Susan Collins, R-Maine, and... Read More

Biden Expanding Summer Food Program for 34M Schoolchildren

The Biden administration is expanding a program to feed as many as 34 million schoolchildren during the summer months, using... Read More

The Biden administration is expanding a program to feed as many as 34 million schoolchildren during the summer months, using funds from the coronavirus relief package approved in March. The Agriculture Department is announcing Monday that it will continue through... Read More

2021-03-12 15:31:16
by Tom Ramstack
43 Million Americans Don’t Have Enough to Eat

WASHINGTON -- The COVID-19 pandemic is winding down but lawmakers in Congress said Wednesday their work to halt the hunger... Read More

WASHINGTON -- The COVID-19 pandemic is winding down but lawmakers in Congress said Wednesday their work to halt the hunger that resulted from it continues. This week, an estimated 9.6 million jobs remain lost compared with the start of the... Read More

2021-03-09 15:52:42
by Tom Ramstack
Hunger in America to be Discussed Thursday in Congress

WASHINGTON - COVID-19 has exposed a dark underbelly of vulnerability for the U.S. economy: hunger. Congress plans to take a... Read More

WASHINGTON - COVID-19 has exposed a dark underbelly of vulnerability for the U.S. economy: hunger. Congress plans to take a look on Thursday at what can be done about it, now and in future calamities. The House Agriculture Committee is... Read More

2021-03-05 20:29:44
by Daniel Mollenkamp
New Data Suggests Food Waste an 'Underexploited' Policy Area

The United Nations Environment Program released the 2021 Food Waste Index Report on Thursday, the most comprehensive data on food... Read More

The United Nations Environment Program released the 2021 Food Waste Index Report on Thursday, the most comprehensive data on food waste across 54 countries.   The report suggests that food waste is a significant problem, which data could help policymakers address. ... Read More

2020-10-16 14:26:48
by Kate Michael
Addressing Food Insecurity and Nutrition Concerns During COVID-19

WASHINGTON —The pandemic and its accompanying economic downturn have led to unprecedented challenges including unanticipated job loss and difficulty accessing... Read More

WASHINGTON —The pandemic and its accompanying economic downturn have led to unprecedented challenges including unanticipated job loss and difficulty accessing affordable and nutritious foods. In fact, more Americans than ever have needed to make use of food banks and assistance... Read More

Hunger Is Threatening to Kill More People Than COVID This Year

The world is hurtling toward an unprecedented hunger crisis. As many as 132 million more people than previously projected could... Read More

The world is hurtling toward an unprecedented hunger crisis. As many as 132 million more people than previously projected could go hungry in 2020, and this year’s gain may be more than triple any increase this century. The pandemic is... Read More

2020-08-20 20:27:59
by Sara Wilkerson
Kansas Latest State to Offer Online Food Purchases with EBT Card

TOPEKA, Kan. - Yesterday, the Kansas Department of Children and Families announced the state will officially allow food stamp recipients... Read More

TOPEKA, Kan. - Yesterday, the Kansas Department of Children and Families announced the state will officially allow food stamp recipients to purchase food online using a Kansas Benefits Card, or EBT Card, at retailers Amazon and Walmart.  In a press... Read More

2020-08-11 17:51:39
by Gracie Kreth
Rockefeller Foundation Calls for Reforming US Food System

NEW YORK - The Rockefeller Foundation has published a paper calling for immediate action to reform the U.S. food system.... Read More

NEW YORK - The Rockefeller Foundation has published a paper calling for immediate action to reform the U.S. food system. Amid the pandemic and deep economic downturn the country is facing, food insecurity has escalated, particularly among Black, Indigenous and... Read More

2020-07-23 20:30:45
by Reece Nations
Massachusetts Designating Millions to Combat Pandemic Induced Food Insecurity

As part of a $36 million food security program, Massachusetts’ executive administration unveiled $3 million in grants for residents suffering... Read More

As part of a $36 million food security program, Massachusetts’ executive administration unveiled $3 million in grants for residents suffering from urgent food instability due to the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito announced Wednesday the... Read More

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