Tuesday, September 22, 2009

1 in 6 CHILDREN is "Food Insecure" in the United States
36 MILLION AMERICANS don't know where they will get their next meal.

Monday, September 21, 2009

What does St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance do?

Does it really matter?
This video produced by a food bank agency partner answers both questions simply and honestly.
Judge for yourself: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjhudlsE8js


Dr. Borlaug, who led the so-called Green Revolution that created bumper crops in once impoverished countries like Mexico, India and Pakistan recently died. In lauding Dr. Borlaug’s achievements, the United NationsWorld Food Program said he had saved more lives than any man in history.
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


The number of working Americans turning to free government food stamps has surged as their hours and wages erode, in a stark sign that the recession is inflicting pain on the employed as well as the newly jobless.
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

36.2 million people face food insecurity and hunger everyday in America ... . 12.4 million are children... hunger finds many more everyday

Friday, September 11, 2009

Consumers Can't Afford Healthy Food

Fewer Consumers Can Afford to Buy Healthy Foods: According to a recent survey by Chicago-based food industry research firm Technomic, the recession is playing havoc with shoppers’ access to more nutritious foods.
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.”

Poverty --- Highest in 12 Years

Last Year’s Poverty Rate Was Highest in 12 Years ---
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