A Growing Problem

More than 6 million older adults face the threat of hunger – meaning they are forced to skip meals or buy poor quality food. Find out what you can do to help stop hunger among older Americans – in its tracks.

How Can You Help

Hunger is a fact of life for many older Americans. Millions do not know where their next meal will come from. Yet, with your support we can help stop hunger in its tracks. Whether you give $5 or $5,000 or have five minutes or five hours to volunteer… every bit counts.


One in Four Americans Worried about Having Enough Money for Food

Contacts:          Jen Adach, FRAC, 202-986-2200 or Gary Mickelson, Tyson Foods, 479-290-6111

Washington, D.C. – March 10, 2011 – One in four Americans is worried about having enough money to put food on the table in the next year, according to a national hunger survey by Hart Research Associates, commissioned last month by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) and Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN).  Another key finding is that many Americans are unaware of how serious hunger is in their own communities.

The online survey was initiated as part of Tyson’s “KNOW Hunger” campaign, which is focused on helping more people understand and actively address the problem of hunger in the U.S.  The survey found that 24% of respondents indicated they are very or fairly concerned about being able to afford food at some point in the next year, while 31% are slightly worried.

The survey, which is one of the largest and most comprehensive ever conducted on attitudes and perceptions of hunger, also revealed that many Americans may be underestimating the seriousness of hunger in their own community.  Two-thirds of the people surveyed rated hunger as a more serious problem nationally than in their own community. Yet according to a report published in 2010 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Economic Research Service, 14.7 % of American households are food insecure at least some time during the year, the highest recorded levels since 1995, when the first national food security survey was conducted. Continue reading

Rising food prices could drive up rates of hunger

By John Sepulvado, CNN Radio

UPDATED: 09:12 AM EDT 03.17.11
Opelika, Alabama (CNN) – At the Community Market food bank, two small alcoves — each with three chairs and a desk — are used for interviewing potential clients.
At the desk closest to the front door, Michael Davis sits across from an elderly woman with thick glasses. Dottie Battle is a volunteer at the food bank, and she asks for Davis’ identification. He reaches into a worn Ziploc bag, pulls out his driver’s license and social security card, and hands them to her.
Battle asks for his gas, electric and telephone bills, and Davis also pulls them from the same bag. Then Battle asks Davis if he has applied for food stamps, a requisite for this program. He shakes his head “no.”
“You need the food stamps,” Battle says firmly. “You need them badly. And we will need proof that you went and applied for them before you come back. …You know that, you’ve shopped here before.”
Failure to comply with all the requirements could mean denial from the Community Market program — at a time when Davis says he’s been hungry for about two days.
“It’s not a good feeling,” Davis says. “You have to think about it like fasting, like they did in the Bible, and pray for another blessing. That’s really the only way to get through it.”
After about 10 minutes, Davis is approved for 75 pounds of food from the Community Market this visit. He quickly picks up his documents and begins looking for food on the shelves.
Rising food prices expected to cause inflation
This week, the U.S. Labor Department announced that raw import grain prices rose 1.4% this past February — that makes an 8.5% increase over the past twelve months. Continue reading


National Alliance To End Homelessness Releases Eviction Prevention Series

This week, NAEH released a three-part eviction series highlighting the way some communities have curbed evictions from public housing authorities. Case management, relationship building, organizational structure, and financial support have all been effective strategies for curbing evictions, which can often lead to homelessness for vulnerable families. This series examines three communities: King County, WA; Cleveland, OH; and Middlesex County, MA and is part of the National Alliance To End Homeless’ Promising Practices series. Each of the three briefs highlight the strategies these communities have found to be most successful in preventing evictions.

Promising Practices: Eviction Prevention

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