Hunger in the News: This Week’s Must-Read Articles | January 11, 2019January 11, 2019 | 2:06 pm |
A weekly round-up of the stories that caught our eye this week, with an emphasis on hunger, food waste, and poverty in the United States.
On Tuesday, the Trump Administration announced that SNAP benefits are funded through February, but could not make any promises if the government shutdown continued into March. (The Washington Post)
Federal funding for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, more commonly known as welfare, has been shut off as a result of the shutdown. Housing aid programs, such as rent subsidies for rural families and section 8 vouchers, are also in jeopardy, putting hundreds of thousands of people at risk of eviction. (The Washington Post)
Black federal workers, who must also contend with the United States’ profound racial wealth gap, are shouldering an even greater burden as the government shutdown drags on. (The Guardian)
Food banks in Tennessee, New York, California, Arizona, Connecticut, and all across the country are preparing to see an increased demand as a result of the government shutdown. (Knoxsville News Sentinel, Albany Times-Union, Fresno Bee, Eastern Arizona Courier, Journal Inquirer)
A new report from the Government Accountability Office concludes that food insecurity is prevalent on college campuses and that nearly 2 million students who may be eligible for SNAP are not receiving those benefits. (NPR)
With shelters nearing capacity as the temperatures continue to drop, community leaders in Anchorage are proposing a 3-year plan to help address homelessness in the city. (KTVA)