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    August 18, 2014  

    Roughly one in seven people in the United States rely on food banks or other charitable organizations for basic nutrition, according to a new study by the nonprofit Feeding America. That number includes 25 percent of active military families, and an increased number of adult college students. Deborah Flateman, executive director of the Maryland Food Bank, joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss the crisis. Continue reading

  • 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

  • Without intervention 50-70% of Guatemalan children will continue to grow up malnourished, costing their families and society in the long run. Photo by Hari Sreenivasan.
    June 25, 2014  

    About half of Guatemala’s children will face physical or developmental challenges due to malnutrition, yet vegetables grown for export overflow in the countryside. Hari Sreenivasan reports in collaboration with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting on efforts by the country’s leaders to reduce hunger and promote nutrition. Continue reading

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    February 18, 2014  

    What does hunger look like in America? In Colorado, a diverse group of women who receive food assistance benefits are chronicling their personal experiences through photography. The NewsHour’s Mary Jo Brooks takes a closer look at their work, which has been exhibited at coffee shops, libraries and the state capitol. Continue reading

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    February 18, 2014   BY Mary Jo Brooks 

    “Hunger Through My Lens” gives digital cameras to food stamp recipients and asks them to chronicle what it’s like to be hungry in America. So far, 15 women –who come from all walks of life– have participated. Over the months, they’ve formed a “sisterhood” of sorts, supporting and encouraging one another. One woman is a former paralegal who suffers from autism. One is a family practice physician. A third woman is HIV-positive and has struggled with chronic homelessness. A fourth just got off government assistance and is now an executive director of a local non-profit organization. Continue reading

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    January 26, 2014  

    According to the USDA, 30 to 40 percent of the food produced in America goes uneaten. Mona Iskander reports from West Virginia on how new businesses have emerged to help kitchens reduce food waste while turning a profit. Continue reading

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    January 24, 2014   BY Ellen Rolfes 

    Seventeen million of the 50 million people in the U.S. living in food insecure households are children. These are the top 10 counties and metropolitan areas where food insecurity is most rampant for those under the age of 18. Continue reading

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    January 16, 2014  

    Decades ago, thousands of Palestinian refugees fled to Damascus seeking safety, but today they confront starvation and death. Human rights activists attribute these casualties to the lack of food and medical supplies due to the Syrian war. Lindsey Hilsum of Independent Television News reports on thwarted efforts to deliver aid. Continue reading

    September 21, 2013  

    After a showdown in the House ended with a vote to cut the nation’s food stamp program by $40 billion dollars, the controversial measure is headed to the Senate. Wall Street Journal reporter Damian Paletta breaks down some of the numbers behind the food stamp program and explains the impact of the proposed cuts. Continue reading

  • May 2, 2013  

    An archaeological dig at Jamestown, Va., unearthed the remains of a teenage girl whose skull had been butchered — confirmation that early settlers resorted to cannibalism to stave avoid starvation. Jeffrey Brown talks to William Kelso, the director of the team, about how their discovery alters our understanding of that history. Continue reading

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