Is the Sun Shining In Puerto Rico?

By Lisa Levy, Esq. Director of Policy & Advocacy Growing up in New York, I, like many others, had neighbors and friends with ties to Puerto Rico. Parents may have been born there, and because families and friends were still there, vacations (for those who could afford them) were spent on the island. They returned with stories about their abuelas, cousins, great food, beaches, and long days spent in the sun. New York has long been a place of many cultures, where you dance at many parades to whatever music is playing, eat all kinds of food, and hear songs in many languages. That was how...

NEW FEDERAL DATA: POVERTY FINALLY DIPS IN NEW YORK CITY

For Immediate Release: September 15, 2016 Contact: Magen Allen MAllen@hungerfreeamerica.org (212) 825-0028 x212 NEW FEDERAL DATA: POVERTY FINALLY DIPS IN NEW YORK CITY According to the Census Bureau ACS data released today, poverty in NYC dropped from 21.2 percent in 2012 to 20.0 percent in 2015, a 6 percent decrease. Even though the City’s population increased during that time, the number of people in poverty fell from 1.734 million to 1.680 million, a 62,418-person drop. But one in five New York City children still live in poverty. In the Bronx, the lowest-income urban county in the United...

Statement on Increasing U.S. Income and Decreasing Poverty

For Immediate Release: September 13, 2016 Contact: Magen Allen MAllen@hungerfreeamerica.org (212) 825-0028 x212 Statement on Increasing U.S. Income and Decreasing Poverty Joel Berg, CEO of Hunger Free America, issued the following statement in response to new federal poverty and income data: “Increasing wages and decreasing poverty are good news, but it is important to note that things are still worse than before the start of the recession. As long as 43.1 million of our U.S. neighbors live in poverty – a number greater than the combined population of California and Colorado – we still have...

Teens Across US Economically Forced Into Exchanging Sex Work for Food

For Immediate Release: September 13, 2016 Contact: Magen Allen MAllen@hungerfreeamerica.org (212) 825-0028 x212 Teens Across US Economically Forced Into Exchanging Sex Work for Food A study conducted by The Urban Institute recently found that teenagers across the US are going to severe lengths in order to obtain food for survival. The study was conducted in ten different communities across the United States, each having one female and one male focus group. It found that in 13 of the 20 focus groups, girls, and sometimes young boys, were exchanging sexual favors in order to obtain food to feed...

New Federal Data: U.S. Hunger Dips But Still Far Higher Than Pre-Recession

For Immediate Release: September 7, 2016 Contact: Magen Allen MAllen@hungerfreeamerica.org New Federal Data: U.S. Hunger Dips But Still Far Higher Than Pre-Recession One in Six U.S. Children Still Lack Sufficient Food New York State Still 36% Hungrier Than a Decade Ago Advocates: “Nation’s Empty Bellies Yet to Feel Full Recovery” Fully 42 million Americans, more than the combined population of California and New Hampshire, struggled against hunger in 2015, according to a report released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The number of U.S. residents defined by the federal...

Federal and Charitable Food Relief for Flood Victims Available

For Immediate Release Contact: Magen Allen 212-825-0028 ext. 212 (O) 646-627-7741 mallen@hungerfreeamerica.org Federal and Charitable Food Relief for Flood Victims Available TOLL-FREE HUNGER HOTLINE ENABLES STRUGGLING LOUISIANIANS TO ACCESS LOCAL FOOD HELP Due to the local flooding disaster, many Louisianans have been left without food or emergency food relief. The USDA National Hunger Hotline is available for people to call and receive information on how to obtain special disaster help from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) formerly known as the Food Stamp Program. USDA...

Chefs Who Won’t Just Shut Up and Cook

By Lori Azim August 17, 2016 Nowadays, chefs are moving beyond purely charitable support to become very public anti-hunger activists. Michel Nischan grew up in a family that relied on food stamps during hard times. Son of a school lunch lady, Tom Colicchio realized he should be doing more than fundraising for food banks when his wife made a documentary on American hunger that proved charity couldn’t solve the problem. And Bill Telepan saw the anemic salad served in his daughter’s public school cafeteria and knew he could help students eat healthier —even in the poorest neighborhoods. When I...

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