food insecurity

Ben Downing: Ending Hunger

Mar 6, 2018

Massachusetts is one of the richest states in the richest nation on earth and yet, 1 in 10 people and 1 in 7 children struggle with hunger. That’s 701,630 of our family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers. It’s 187,920 kids. That is a moral outrage and it should spur action to ensure no one goes hungry. Unfortunately, this hasn’t proven to be the case. Thanks to a recent study by Children’s Health Watch of Boston Medical Center we have a new way of thinking about the costs of hunger and with it hope for renewed action.

SNAP Eligibility is based principally on income and household size. Those who apply must be 150 percent below the federal poverty level, which stands at about $2,500 for a family of three.
USDA

As President Donald Trump ponders a 30-percent cut to the nutrition program's budget, a new study finds the maximum SNAP benefit does not cover the cost of an average meal in all of New York's 62 counties.

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Today we’ll learn about Unity House and its partnerships with Capital Roots and Commission on Economic Opportunity (CEO). We are joined by Mandy Brown, Special Events Coordinator at Unity House; Amy Halloran, Food Justice Case manager at Unity House; Will Malcolm, Food Access Manager at Capital Roots; Renata Gwozdz, Community Service Manager at CEO.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued its 2016 Household Food Security report.  It finds about 12.3 percent of American households were food insecure at some point during 2016, down from 12.7 percent in 2015.  The report indicates Vermont and New York followed that national trend.

Grant Aims To Stem Food Waste In The Hudson Valley

Jun 12, 2017
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US Department of Agriculture

A group that counts seven Hudson Valley counties as its members has received New York state funding to continue its work in food rescue and combating food insecurity. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more.

Local Groups Prep For Feeding The Hudson Valley

Oct 4, 2016
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A number of community organizations in the Hudson Valley are banding together to raise awareness about food waste. They’ve been prepping for a first-time event Saturday at Walkway Over the Hudson called Feeding the Hudson Valley.

Kids at South End Children's Café
Jessica Bloustein Marshall/WAMC

At the hottest new restaurant in Albany’s South End, the lights are low, but the ambiance is lively.  

The tables are dressed with fresh linen, elegant water carafes and simple floral centerpieces. The décor is DIY trendy. A glittering chandelier made from silverware and wire catches the light as dozens of patrons enjoy meals made with organic, local ingredients.

Facebook: Hartford Food System

The Healthy Pittsfield Partnership is hosting a presentation on food insecurity by the executive director of the Hartford Food System Wednesday morning. Martha Page spoke with WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Jim Levulis about the non-profit’s work.

Wednesday's event is being hosted by the Healthy Pittsfield Partnership and is open to the public. It runs from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. in the Rice Silk Mills Apartments community room in Pittsfield.

Feeding America

A new study indicates that food insecurity and hunger remain a problem in Vermont and across the country, even with the improved economy.

Wild Oats Market

A food assistance program in Berkshire County is making fresh food available for people in need.

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A research center at the State University of New York at New Paltz has released the findings of a two-year study about food access and food insecurity in the City of Poughkeepsie.