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.
Today is the final day for the public to comment on the proposed rule changes to SNAP. Approximately 170,000 comments have already been submitted, most of them negative. (NPR)
A new analysis from the Urban Institute showed that, “changes to SNAP would have a broader impact on free school lunch than originally reported, affecting even students who don’t receive SNAP benefits.” (Urban Institute)
One of the biggest concerns regarding the Trump Administration’s proposed changes to SNAP, “is how the cut in federal food stamps will increase hunger for kids at school who will be losing significant assistance at home.” (USA Today)
Spokane, WA, like many cities across the western United States, has seen the number of people experiencing homelessness rise even as its economy is growing. (The Spokesman-Review)
“School meals are a key component to student success both in and out of the classroom. But without a strong federal policy in place, the challenges of school meal debt and the associated stigma will continue to be stumbling blocks to children, families, and schools across the country.” (NBC News)