Hunger News and Trends

Recent news articles, trends and data that point to new solutions for stopping hunger.

Congressman Larsen Ready to Fight Summer Hunger

Representative Rick Larsen of Washington’s 2nd District, along with Alaska’s Don Young, is sponsoring the Summer Meals Act of 2014, a bill that will help expand current programs that provide nutritious meals for children throughout the summer. During the summer, families are unable to rely on the free and reduced lunch programs they use during the school year.

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Get to Know Councilmember Kathy Lambert

Kathy Lambert became involved in politics when she “saw the value of networking and connecting with people in positive ways and how working together makes a better community.” In her role as King County Councilmember, Lambert represents the 3rd district which includes nearly half of King County and includes the communities of Redmond, Duvall, Issaquah, and Sammamish.

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So, What Exactly is Child Nutrition Reauthorization?

Every five years Congress reauthorizes child nutrition programs to ensure that low-income children have access to healthy and nutritious food. Between now and next year, Congress will be working to reauthorize several programs which fall under Child Nutrition, including:

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Congress Considering Food Bank Donation Incentives

Tax policy is one of the innovative ways to allow businesses to donate large volumes of nutritious food to food banks throughout the country. Initially created in 1976, the current IRS code provides an incentive for businesses to donate food that would otherwise be wasted. A temporary expansion in 2006 allowed small businesses including many restaurants, retail, and produce suppliers to increase donations. 

Currently, Food Lifeline and our partners across the country are working to pass the bipartisan Good Samaritan Hunger Relief Tax Incentive Act which would:

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Stop Summer Hunger Act Introduced

During the school year, more than 350,000 children rely on free - or reduced-price breakfast, lunch, and snacks at school in Washington State. Each summer, however, many of these children go hungry. Even though many communities participate in the Summer Food Service Program, providing meals and snacks, many families face challenges accessing these programs.

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Map the Meal Gap 2014

Good News and Bad News in the Latest Hunger Trends

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Get to Know Congressman Denny Heck

Our Public Policy team works with elected officials across Western Washington at both the state and national levels. We hope this series helps you get better acquainted with the elected officials working to stop hunger. Want to see more articles like this? Subscribe to our Advocacy Alerts and stay up to date on the latest in hunger research and policy.

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New Study Explores Impact of Hunger on Seniors

Although hunger has real health and emotional impacts for people of all ages, seniors are even more vulnerable to the damaging effects of food insecurity. New research released by Feeding America provides insight into the negative health impacts on seniors when they are unsure where their next meal will come from. The results show real differences not only in nutrition, but in a range of issues from heart health to emotional wellbeing.

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State Increases Food Bank Funding

Today, the Washington State Legislature released their final budget and it includes an additional $800,000 in funding for food banks through the Emergency Food Assistance Program (EFAP). The first increase in support for food banks since 2007, this represents a huge victory for all of us who advocate and work to stop hunger.

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Food at the End of the Month Makes a Difference

Most households get the bulk of their monthly income at the beginning of the month, and for low income families the last few days of the month can lead to difficult choices.

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