States strive to help SNAP recipients cope with lower benefits
North Carolina HHS official: "The need is still there" The white words on a red background are plain. “Important notice: SNAP emergency allotments ending after February.” If there’s any doubt, the Colorado Department of Human Services SNAP webpage adds, “All Coloradans who receive SNAP benefits are going to see a reduction in their monthly benefit amount after February.”
Families are taking a hit as pandemic aid ends, inflation continues
Forty million people in the U.S. are having difficulty affording household expenses, and a little more than 25 million people say they sometimes or often do not have enough to eat, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s most recent Household Pulse survey data. The survey is designed to collect data on household experiences during the […]
Studies show gains against childhood hunger were lost after child tax credit ended
An article in the Journal of the American Medical Association in October confirmed previous research that food insecurity increased substantially after the expiration of federal monthly advanced child tax credits on Jan. 15, 2022. The study looked at the period between January and July of this year in a series of national surveys, and found […]
PW special report: Low pay, high cost of living are sending UNC System grad students to food pantries
Folasewa Olatunde didn’t want to go to the dentist. But sharp pain and inflammation in her mouth told her she should. The dentist told her she needed to have a molar removed and some cavities filled. The cost: more than $3,000.
Durham elementary school teacher Turquoise Parker tells us about a remarkably successful, all-volunteer initiative she’s developed to combat K-12 student hunger
Learn more about Turquoise Parker’s amazing efforts here and here. Connect with Mrs. Parker’s by email or social media and learn how to volunteer in her ongoing hunger relief efforts: Via Email: [email protected] Twitter: @PrkrsProfessors. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/turquoiselejeune Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ohgorgeous1/
Peter Werbicki of the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina and Ron Pringle of the Interfaith Food Shuttle discuss efforts to combat food insecurity in our community
Learn how to donate to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC or the Interfaith Food Shuttle.
Monday numbers: A closer look at NC’s deeply uneven economic recovery and an important tool for making it work better
There have been countless shortcomings in the responses of federal and state officials to the COVID-19 crisis over the past year and a half, but things have also improved dramatically since President Biden took office and here’s a very practical example:
Ongoing COVID-19 emergency declaration is keeping thousands of NC residents better fed
Enhanced SNAP benefits are taking a bite out of hunger The extended COVID-19 state of emergency in North Carolina declared by Gov. Cooper means that people who need help buying food will continue to receive enhanced benefits from the federal nutrition program. Residents of states with emergency declarations receive “emergency allotments” from the Supplemental Nutrition […]
Washington cleanup continues as Biden administration cans troubled Trump food program
You’re probably already doing it every morning when you wake up for a dozen reasons, but if you’re looking for another cause to be thankful that Donald Trump has been exiled to his little mini-Xanadu in south Florida, here’s a good one. As reporter H. Claire Brown reports for The Counter (an up and coming news […]
Ambitious Biden agriculture budget targets hunger, racial injustice, climate crisis, rural broadband
WASHINGTON—Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Wednesday laid out USDA’s goals to expand food insecurity and nutrition programs in the president’s budget request, as well as the agency’s focus on programs to address longtime racial discrimination. “Normally I would talk to you all about numbers in the budget,” Vilsack, the former governor of Iowa, told members […]
Hunger soars in NC in the wake of the pandemic
Nonprofits, food banks expand, but still struggle to serve all the people who can't afford groceries A crew of workers recently parceled flour, bags of broccoli, bottled water, bread, and other essentials into boxes, as vehicles lined up in the parking lot of a Durham apartment complex.
Too little food, too few jobs: Survey shows pandemic-related challenges facing many North Carolinians
“Lost my place because I didn’t have any money coming in. Couldn’t work because the schools were closed and I didn’t have childcare.” — Ginni in Carteret County This is just one response to a survey of North Carolinians who receive food assistance, conducted by the Southern Economic Advancement Project. The COVID-19 crisis has left thousands of […]