food insecurity

  • Six-year-old Jacob Portillo says he likes eating his broccoli at summer camp at Park View Recreation Center in downtown Washington. The camp offers free lunches to all the participants and to children in the community. The USDA pays for the summer meals. Photo by Margaret Myers/NewsHour
    July 16, 2014   BY Jason Kane 

    Summertime can present a great nutritional risk for children in need. Without the support of the free and reduced lunch programs offered in schools, many U.S. children go hungry between June and August. This year, the problem is expected to be particularly severe after recent reductions in the Food Stamp program in late 2013. But feeding sites like parks and recreation center offer free, healthy meals during the summer months. Continue reading

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    June 25, 2014   BY Roger Thurow 

    In a hip Guatemala City restaurant set within a high-fashion clothing store, baristas mix “Super Nutritious” drinks like the Sangre de Vampiro, a mixture of pineapple, celery, beets, lemon, orange juice and organic honey. “Rich in antioxidants,” boasts the menu. But in this Central American, it’s malnutrition that touches most, affecting nearly 50 percent of children. Continue reading