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Despite his accomplishments, more people are hungry today than ever and that total should exceed one billion people this year for the first time, according to the United Nations.
How can so many people be hungry when farmers produce enough food, at least in theory, to feed every person on the planet?
The answers are complex and involve everything from American farm politics and African corruption to war, poverty, climate change and drought, which is now the single most common cause of food shortages on the planet.
Source: New York Times, By ANDREW MARTIN, Sept. 19, 2009
Full story: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/20/weekinreview/20martin.html
While the increase in take-up is often attributed to the sharp rise in unemployment – which on Friday hit 9.7 per cent – the Financial Times has learned that some 40 per cent of the families now on food stamps have “earned income”, up from 25 per cent two years ago.
Source: Financial Times, By Sarah O’Connor, Sept. 4 2009
Full story: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/c1e698a2-9984-11de-ab8c-00144feabdc0.html?nclick_check=1
Thursday, September 17, 2009
New numbers released Monday from St. Mary's Food Bank show it has already distributed more food in the first eight months of this year than it did in all of 2008 and most of thefamili...es using the assistance have never used it before.
St. Mary's CEO and President Terry Shannon says the demand for emergency food assistance has skyrocketed and nearly 53 million pounds of food in 13 of Arizona's 15 counties were distributed last month.
Source: ABC Channel 15 Phoenix, by Tara Twietmeyer, Sept. 14, 2009
Full Story: http://www.abc15.com/content/financialsurvival/azstories/story/food-banks/AjJKl0Y630uBIbQ9pEvqVg.cspx?rss=704
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
The survey found that while over half of consumers are more concerned about what they eat today vs. a year ago, 70 percent said that healthier foods are increasingly difficult to afford, 53 percent said they often buy less healthy foods because they’re cheaper, and 44 percent say their budgets keep them from eating healthier foods.“Healthy eating is still important to consumers, but evidence strongly suggests that it is a lower priority these days,” noted Technomic EVP Bob Goldin. [C]onsumers are economizing in their food expenditures and believe that one way to do so is to spend less on healthy foods. It’s an unfortunate development.”
In the recession, the nation’s poverty rate climbed to 13.2 percent last year, up from 12.5 percent in 2007, according to an annual report released Thursday by the Census Bureau. The report also ...documented a decline in employer-provided health insurance and in coverage for adults.
Source: New York Times, By ERIK ECKHOLM, September 10, 2009
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Tyson Twitter List: http://hungerrelief.tyson.com/blog/2009/7/28/hunger_twitterers.aspx
Monday, August 10, 2009
People earning low and middle-incomes are using credit cards as their safety net, paying for basic living expenses, medical bills, and other items with their cards and accruing more debt. According to a report released in July more than one-third of households said they used their credit cards for rent and mortgage payments, groceries, and utilities. For these households, the average credit card debt increased 3 percent from $9,536 to $9,827 in three years with 42 percent of survey respondents said they had more debt than three years ago.
For people aged 65 and older, credit card debt increased 26 percent, from $8,138 in 2005 to $10,235 in 2008, with medical costs being the main reason for the jump.
Even before the recession, households earning $50,000 a year were using credit cards as a safety net. Low and middle income earners are also more likely to be charged higher credit card rates - a quarter surveyed said they paid at least 20 percent interest on their credit card balances; a third of black and Hispanic households reported they were paying that percentage rate.
Source: FRAC, August 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009
Source: Washington Post, by Monica Hesse - Aug. 7, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Absolute Bike’s “Old-Fashioned” cycling event set for Aug. 22 to benefit St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance serves more than 29,000 square miles within Apache, Navajo, Coconino, Yavapai, and Mohave counties out of their Flagstaff facility.
Register online at: http://www.absolutebikes.net/mtn_fest/index.html
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
This increase translated into 32,581,298 more pounds being distributed, with the total for the fiscal year topping the 100 million pound mark at 109,837,146 lbs.
Arizona’s food banks were able to meet the increased demand through a number of sources:
* TEFAP product increases via a special infusion from the Federal Stimulus Package to counteract the economic downturn.
* Growing produce donations from Santa Cruz County to the Gleaning Project network.
* Increased retail grocery donations with the addition of Fresh & Easy, Wal-Mart and the expansion of other chains.
* Record food purchasing by our member food banks to fill the gaps and keep up with demand.
Source: Arizona Association of Food Banks, August 4, 2009
Monday, August 3, 2009
In the 1970s, research found that 5.1 percent of American children were underweight; a new report on underweight children and adolescents from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) shows the current rate has fallen to 3.3 percent.
The statistics don't mean "that there's not still hunger," notes NCHS researcher Cheryl Fryar. "We don't want to go that far." Children and teens are classified as underweight if they weigh less than the fifth percentile on federal growth charts, which are based on age, sex, body mass and height. The new percentage of underweight children means that 2.4 million between the ages of 2 and 19 are underweight. Malnutrition, lack of food, illness, and eating disorders can be the cause of underweight children, and in babies, failure to thrive can be the cause. Data in the report show a 3 percent drop in the percentage of underweight preschoolers (6 percent in the 1970s to less than 3 percent in the mid-2000s); elementary age children who are underweight dropped from 5 percent to less than 3 percent.
Another federal study - the Pediatric Nutrition Surveillance - mirrors these numbers for the percentage of very young, low-income children who are underweight, which went from 9 percent in the 1970s to 4.5 percent in 2008. These kinds of "low-profile" reports can often get lost in the media which scolds us about obesity and hunger, concludes the editorial.
Source: (Washington Times, July 21, 2009)http://http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/jul/21/fewer-children-underweight444444444444444444444444/
Friday, July 31, 2009
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The popular presentations will be held Aug 21st (Friday), 10:30-11:30AM, & Sept 23rd (Wednesday), 10-11AM, at the St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance, Volunteer Services Center at 2831 N. 31st Ave, Phoenix, AZ
Join us, become a more informed and skilled advocate seeking to End Hunger and Change lives in so many ways. Take the first step …tell, call, email, text, blog, Tweet or play charades from your car window to get the message out. Registration is easy, contact Ray Combe at firstname.lastname@example.org or 602-343-3164
Friday, July 24, 2009
The majority of those served by the Food Bank and its agencies are working poor
families, as well as children and seniors.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Source: Arizona Republic, Ginger Rough, July 23, 2009
Full story: http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2009/07/23/20090723fluplanning0723.html
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
The percentage means that nearly one in five Hispanic households, in one of the richest countries in the world, suffers from hunger. Only half of eligible Hispanic residents (51 percent) receive SNAP/Food Stamps, according to a National Council of La Raza (NCLR) report from December 2006 titled Sin Provecho: Latinos and Food Insecurity.
The report also found that there are 38 percent fewer fresh fruit and vegetable retailers in Hispanic communities than there are in communities with smaller Hispanic populations.
The NCLR report indicated that people who participate in food assistance programs have greater nutritional intake, save money on medical bills, are healthier, and have a lower rate of obesity.
Source: Ponte Al Dia/Latin News and Opinion, July 10, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
-- Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Article 25 (1948) --
Sure, the barriers did what his employer intended: They stopped him and his colleagues from using work time to goof around online. But Tracy says the rules also got in the way of legitimate work he needed to do as a scientific analyst for a health care services company.
"It was a constant battle between the people that saw technology as an advantage, and those that saw it as a hindrance," says the 27-year-old Chicagoan, who now works for a different company.
Full story at: http://tech.yahoo.com/news/ap/20090712/ap_on_hi_te/us_tec_blocked_office_internet
Source: Yahoo Tech News, By Martha Irvine, July 12, 2009
A high proportion of those who have gotten severely ill from swine flu have been obese or extremely obese, but health officials have said that might be due to the fact that heavy people tend to have asthma and other conditions that make them more susceptible. Obesity alone has never been seen as a risk factor for seasonal flu.
Full story at: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090710/ap_on_he_me/us_med_swine_flu;_ylt=Ano6Ud_CFR31hGajL2Ynu_.ISbYF;_ylu=X3oDMTJtNGE1ZWg5BGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMDkwNzEwL3VzX21lZF9zd2luZV9mbHUEcG9zAzMEc2VjA3luX3BhZ2luYXRlX3N1bW1hcnlfbGlzdARzbGsDb2Jlc2l0eWFyaXNr
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
With Phoenix temperatures soaring past 110 degrees this weekend, the urgency to provide water to those living without shelter around the Valley rises as well. Three St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance locations serve as water donation sites in conjunction with Homeless Awareness Coalition awareness efforts
Death by dehydration and heat exhaustion is a serious problem for the most vulnerable population – a group that has grown in number as a result of the current economic crisis. The number of homeless individuals and families living in the Valley has reached a crisis situation, requiring an increased need for the most basic life-sustaining elements.
Three St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance locations are among five collection sites around the Valley accepting water donations. If you would like to help make a difference for those in need, donations can be dropped off at the main Phoenix warehouse (2831 N. 31st Ave.), the Westside location in Surprise (13050 W. Elm Street) or the Glendale location (5605 N. 55th Ave.) All three locations are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Obesity Prevalence 25 Percent or Higher in 32 States
The proportion of U.S. adults who are obese increased to 26.1 percent in 2008 compared to 25.6 percent in 2007. The data come from CDC’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), a state-based phone survey that collects health information from adults aged 18 and over. The 2008 BRFSS obesity data indicate that none of the 50 states or the District of Columbia has achieved the Healthy People 2010 goal of reducing obesity prevalence to 15 percent or less.
Learn more at: http://http://www.cdc.gov/media/pressrel/2009/r090708.htm
Source CDC Press Release, Jul 8, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
President Obama can change the course of history by making this G8 the first step towards ending hunger and revitalizing farming as a livelihood
* Buy more food aid locally and regionally in emergency situations instead of shipping food halfway around the world, creating waste and delay;
* Help poor communities farm sustainably so that soil can produce more food today without damaging the chance to grow food tomorrow; and
* Target aid to the poorest of the poor, like small-scale farmers and rural communities that depend on agriculture for their livelihoods but are often left behind by traditional aid.
* Tell President Obama not to leave anyone behind – we need his leadership on hunger at the G8.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
The government is spending $20 billion to expand the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program... Amid the recession, 4.8 million additional people have sought out food stamp assistance. In February 2008, 27.7 million people nationwide were receiving food stamps, compared to 32.5 million people 12 months later.
The idea of the stimulus plan is simple. The concept assumes people who get extra money will spend it — and that increased spending will bolster the economy.
"This injection of funds ends up being spent on food, and that has a multiplier effect through the economy."
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Source: New York Times, By ERIK ECKHOLM, July 4, 2009
For Full story at: http://http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/05/us/05safetynet.html?_r=1&th&emc=th
Saturday, July 4, 2009
An increase of nearly 18 percent in the past year was driven by the soaring rate of unemployment and foreclosures, education officials say. Parents lose their jobs, then their home, and families lose their stability. They stay at a friend's, a hotel, a campground, a shelter - even live out of the car.
"We are now seeing families who come from middle-class America," said Sean Schubert, Peoria Unified School District's liaison for the homeless. "Now, many of those people are currently facing very challenging situations. What we all need to understand is that this can happen to anyone."
"We hear daily on the news how the Dow is doing, but less attention is being paid to how the recession is impacting our kids," said Phillip Lovell, vice president of the national children's advocacy group First Focus. "We need a significant policy response to solve this problem. Everyone needs to be involved."
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
* Faces of Hunger: July 7th (Tuesday), 1-2PM
* Label Me Nutritious: July 14th (Tuesday), 1-2PM
* Advocacy & Action: July 15th (Wednesday), 12-1PM
* Impacts of Hunger: July 21st (Tuesday), 1-2PM
* Fast Foods: Making Healthy Choices: July 22nd (Wednesday), 12:30-1:30PM
* The Food Game Simulation: July 28th (Tuesday), 2PM-4PM
For topic details a or to register, contact Ray Combe at email@example.com or 602-343-3164.
* Restore economic growth and create jobs with better wages for lower-income workers.
* Raise the incomes of the lowest-income families.
* Strengthen the SNAP/Food Stamp Program.
* Work with states, localities and nonprofits to expand and improve participation in federal nutrition programs.
* Make sure all families have convenient access to reasonably priced, healthy food.
FRAC is distributing this analysis to members of Congress, key officials in the Obama Administration, the media, and anti-hunger leaders across the nation. They also are launching a website, www.endingchildhunger2015.org, where they are posting this analysis and the president's position paper making the 2015 commitment, and will be posting in the weeks and months ahead other analyses and materials related to achieving thehttp://frac.org/news/2015.htm 2015 goal.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
5,000: Number of non-profit workers that who are estimated to be laid off between 2008 and 2009.
75 percent of Arizona non-profits that reported increased demand for their services in 2008.
80 percent of Arizona non-profits that expected increased demand for their services in 2009.
40 percent of Arizona non-profits that plan to either reduce their service or reduce the number of people who can receive services in 2009.
57 percent of Non-profit organizations that put on hold plans for expansion in 2008.
Source: Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits
Full Story at: http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2009/06/27/20090627biz-nonprofits0627.html
Friday, June 26, 2009
Essa Khan, aged 33, who works as a daily-wage labourer is one of those persons who daily comes to free food centre being run by the Edhi Foundation at Aabpara as it helps him save some money out of his daily earning. He said it is not all about saving earning because sometimes when he does not find any work it becomes difficult for him to afford two-time meals a day.
The trend of setting up food outlets and restaurants has been fast gaining ground in the twin cities for the last many years and it is believed that large quantity of leftover food is thrown into garbage trolleys. Despite the fact that the concept of ‘Food Bank’ is getting popular all over the world especially in the developed countries, no serious effort has so far been made to promote this trend at least in big cities of the country.
The first food bank named St. Mary was set up in 1967 in Arizona that promoted this concept, which is aimed at providing free food to downtrodden segments who lack financial resources and find it hard to afford food prices.
“It would not be an exaggeration if we start recycling leftover food that would help provide food to thousands of people daily,” said Nazim Hussain, a hotel owner in Satellite Town area. He said though there can be many who would be ready to accept even used food out of hunger but in his personal view he does not think it appropriate, so they dispose of such food with the help of sweepers.
The Edhi Foundation introduced free food centres in the twin cities after which many other people and groups came forward and started providing free food at various places in Rawalpindi and Islamabad. There are also number of hotels and restaurants in areas like Peshawar Morr and Sector G-8/1 where owners provide food to people free of cost.
“The government must take initiative to provide technical and logistic assistance to various groups that can be helpful to launch banks all over the country especially in the big cities where thousands of people miss their meals due to financial constraints,” said Murtaza Abbasi, a social activist and educationist.
He said if all the relevant quarters make concerted efforts and share their expertise and assistance then it would be not so difficult to launch any food bank in the twin cities.
At the time when food inflation is increasing day by day in the society and huge number of people do not have a ‘luxury’ to enjoy two-time meals in a day it is highly unfortunate that leftover food is thrown into dunghills and garbage trolleys. So it is ripe time that relevant quarters put in best efforts for establishing food banks to provide marginalised people with some relief who have already many other hardships to tackle with.
Source: By Noor Aftab - Islamabad,Saturday, June 20, 2009 http://www.thenews.com.pk/print1.asp?id=184087
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
What's the Story? "Now is the time for action. The food crisis has taught us that to defeat hunger, we have to deal with its root causes and not to continue coping with the consequences of past mistakes," said Jacques Diouf, director-general of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), speaking at an international conference on food security.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Full story at: http://www.abc15.com/content/news/phoenixmetro/central/story/Demand-for-food-at-St-Mary-s-Food-Bank-up-127/QsuIEd_800u5leV3_kEM5w.cspx
While signs indicate that the worst of the recession may be over, only six metropolitan areas across the country are expected to regain their pre-recession employment levels by the end of 2009, according to projections from IHS Global Insight, a leading economic forecaster. Most of the country - 286 of 325 metro areas covered in the IHS analysis - aren't likely to regain their pre-recession employment levels until at least 2012.
This link will take you to an interactive map shows what year economic forecasters say each metro area will return to employment levels seen before the recession at:
Source: The Sacramento Bee
By Phillip Reese, Jun. 18, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
a figure which has increased by 100 million because of the global financial crisis, says the UN.
The UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said the figure was a record high.
Persistently high food prices have also contributed to the hunger crisis.
BBC, World News, June19, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance's Kids Cafe® program provides food to 32 sites in the Valley, serving as many as 1,800 meals every day and 2,100 meals every day during the busy summer.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
“Perfect summer storm” created as financial donations lag by 50% and demand for food expected to continue increasing. During May, St. Mary’s Food Bank distributed nearly 28,000 emergency food boxes and a total of 7.7 million pounds of food – enough food to provide 7.7 million meals in the community.
The Food Bank always distributes more food during the summer months than it does at any other time of the year, including the holidays, because families are no longer able to rely on school breakfast and lunch programs and already tight budgets are stretched further by an increase in utility bills and gas prices.
Adding to the strain, many of the organization’s supporters leave on vacation and financial support slows down, said Terry Shannon, President and CEO of St. Mary’s Food Bank. “This is the scenario we worry about every year, but this year, with the economy struggling the way it is, we are facing an incredible perfect summer storm – the need for our services skyrockets but financial support drops.”
Monday, June 15, 2009
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As part of that event, ththe Food Bank intorduced a new video created by staff and volunteers to visually present this critical problem facing Arizonans especially during the next few months. That of FEEDING OUR CHILDREN.
Please take a few moments to view the video now showing on YouTube andt a consider what you, your organization, your family, your friends or other community groups you are involved with migth so to SEND HUNGER PACKING in Arizona.
View the video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IiCqE508-58
What will you and yours do?
by Pat Kossan
Schools across the Valley are measuring the depth of Arizona's downturn in the cafeteria lunch line: A rising number of students has applied for free lunches, and more parents are failing to pay what they owe on the lunch bill.
The percentage of students who received free lunches at Arizona schools jumped by 11.3 percent from February 2008 to February 2009, the latest month with data verified by the federal government, a USA Today analysis reported. Arizona, which had 394,977 students receiving free lunches, was one of only five states to experience double-digit increases.
Additional information available at: http://www.azcentral.com/12news/news/articles/2009/06/11/20090611schoollunch0610-CP.html
Monday, June 8, 2009
· The budget recently passed by a bare majority of legislators in the House and the Senate includes massive budget cuts that take Arizona in the wrong direction and damage Arizona’s economy and families.
· There are many alternative options that have been proposed by Governor Brewer and other legislators that can balance the budget without dangerous cuts to jobs, education, health, and human services. These alternatives include new revenues and other strategies that are fair and responsible.
· It is time for legislators from both parties to sit down with the Governor to look at all the options together and negotiate a budget that really works for Arizona.
· The coalition stands united in expecting our elected leaders to create a budget that protects education, health, and human services -- so that Arizona can save jobs and compete in the global economy.
To find your legislators, go to http://www.votesmart.org and type in your Zip+4 in the upper left hand corner where it asks for that information.