Hunger in the News: This Week’s Must-Read Articles | May 31, 2019May 31, 2019 | 9:37 am |
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.
“Across the nation, food banks are struggling to distribute food purchased through the government’s Trade Mitigation Program, more commonly known as the farm bailout program.” (The New Food Economy)
On Thursday, the FDA sent a letter to the food industry, urging companies to standardize the phrase “best if used by” on labels. (NPR)
“Lunch shaming” and alternative meals for students with unpaid lunch debts can negatively impact children in a number of ways. (ABC News)
“For years, experts have petitioned the government to update the way it measures poverty. Economists say the line is arbitrary, outdated, and even exclusionary…Now, the Trump administration has answered—but not in the way advocates had hoped.” (Pacific Standard)
California’s Assembly passed a bill that would cap annual rent increases at 7% and require landlords to have “just cause” before evicting tenants. If it becomes a law, the bill could provide some measure of relief to renters who are struggling amid the state’s housing crisis. (San Francisco Chronicle)