Category Archives: Human Needs

Protect Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)

From First Focus: Campaign for Children (http://campaignforchildren.org/): Congress is at it again. This time, it’s more than $25 million in cuts to the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program, the primary assistance program for low-income families with children. Because three-fourths … Continue reading

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Fact of the Week: One in Seven U.S. Households Is Food Insecure

Posted at http://www.chn.org/2014/09/04/fact-week-one-seven-u-s-households-food-insecure/#.VAo By Lecia Imbery September 4, 2014 More than 17.5 million American households had trouble providing adequate food for everyone in their family at some point in 2013, according to new data released yesterday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) … Continue reading

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Fact of the Week: 1 in 7 Americans Rely on Food Pantries

Posted at http://www.chn.org/2014/08/27/fact-week-1-7-americans-rely-food-pantries/#.U_3zS_ldVqU By Lecia Imbery August 27, 2014 More than 46 million Americans, including 12 million children and 7 million seniors, rely on food pantries and meal programs to feed themselves and their families, according to a study released last … Continue reading

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Support All Homeless Children and Youth

From the People’s Emergency Center (http://www.pec-cares.org): Scroll down for actions. Betty* and her five siblings grew up couch surfing and living on floors of the houses of families and friends. Her mother struggled with substance abuse, and her father was abusive … Continue reading

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How Early-Life Stress Affects the Brain

Posted at http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2014-08-26/childrens-issues/how-early-life-stress-affects-the-brain/a41327-1 August 26, 2014 – Tom Joseph, Public News Service (PA) PITTSBURGH – A new study has determined chronic early childhood stress brought on by poverty, neglect and physical abuse can have a lasting, toxic impact. Sarah Romens, … Continue reading

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Actions Needed to Support Food/Hunger Programs

From the Food Research and Action Center (http://www.frac.org): Summer Food Message and Action Needed: Urge Senators and Representatives to cosponsor the bipartisan Summer Meals Act of 2014 (S.2527, https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/s2527; H.R. 5012, https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr5012). This legislation would expand access to the Summer … Continue reading

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Study Finds Greater Rural Reliance on Food Stamps

Tom Joseph, Public News Service-PA Posted at http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2014-08-11/rural-farming/study-finds-greater-rural-reliance-on-food-stamps/a41049-1 (08/11/14) HARRISBURG, Pa. – Oftentimes, the issue of hunger is associated with people in inner cities, where the cost of living tends to be high. But a new study shows some of … Continue reading

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Fact of the Week: More U.S. Cities Have Made It Illegal to Be Homeless

From the Coalition on Human Needs (http://www.chn.org): By Lecia Imbery August 5, 2014 A report by the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty released in July shows a disturbing trend in cities across America – the passage of laws that, in effect, … Continue reading

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Reflections on Household Food Insecurity: An Interview with Dr. Mark Nord

From the Food Research and Action Center (http://www.frac.org): Mark Nord, PhD, is a sociologist with expertise in measuring and monitoring household food security. He has spent the last 19 years working on food security and poverty-related research at the USDA … Continue reading

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Why ‘Can’t Make Ends Meet’ Trumps ‘Poverty’

Karin Kamp BILL MOYERS / OP-ED/INTERVIEW Published: Saturday 26 July 2014 This week, the Center for Community Change (CCC) released new research that details the way low-income Americans think and talk about living on the edge. It found that the language being used … Continue reading

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