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Hunger in the News: January 10, 2020

January 10, 2020 | 7:08pm

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.

Rural food pantries in West Virginia are struggling to keep their shelves stocked, not due to a lack of food, but because of a lack of transportation. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

Thousands of families in Minnesota would be affected under a proposed federal change to how utility costs are calculated for households on food stamps. (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)

"While donations of food and money tend to boom around Thanksgiving and Christmas, they drop off in January and February, a time of year when many area residents also struggle with the cost of heating their homes." (Portland Press Herald)

Food banks in Massachusetts are beginning to prepare for the impact that will becaused by the impending cuts to SNAP. (Lowell Sun)

Homelessness increased in the United States by 3% overall last year, but declined in Washington state for the first time in nearly a decade. (The Seattle Times)