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Policy Round Up: Food Insecurity and SNAP

Written by Tyler Grote

Food insecurity is a major concern for millions across the country and federal assistance remains a political divisive issue. Recently, House Republicans proposed to cut $40 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)—formerly known as food stamps—thrusting the program back into the spotlight in Washington.

Written On Friday, September 06 2013 15:59

Re-imagining the Future in Papua New Guinea

Written by Lisa Schechtman

Papua New Guinea (PNG) is a small country in the south Pacific not too far from Australia’s northern-most tip. It’s fascinating and beautiful, made up of more than 600 islands and 800 languages. A full 86% of the population lives in rural areas, many nowhere near even a dirt road. In our world of rapid urbanization and homogenization, this is almost unheard of.

Written On Tuesday, July 30 2013 16:48

Join Members of Congress, Take the #SNAPChallenge

Why would Members of Congress commit to spend only $4.50 a day on food and live on the budget of the average SNAP recipient? The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly called Food Stamps), is an essential lifeline that helps put food on the table for 47 million hungry Americans, and it is under fire.

Written On Wednesday, June 12 2013 16:06

Are Black Women Obese Because We Want to Be?

Written by Maya Rockeymoore

There are few stories that cause me to sprint to Facebook and Twitter, but a widely read New York Times opinion editorial by Alice Randall arguing that black women are the most obese group in America because "we want to be" caused me to do just that. Curious to hear what my African-American sister-friends had to say about Randall's claim that we are large because we are seeking acceptance from black men who prefer "sugar down below," I was surprised when the response to my posting was met with... radio silence.

Written On Tuesday, May 08 2012 11:27

When Breaking Up Is Hard to Do: The Link Between Sugary Drinks and African-American Health Disparities

Written by Maya Rockeymoore

I will never forget the time when I visited my parent's church on "Diabetes Sunday," a program of the American Diabetes Association to raise awareness about the disease within the African-American community. A brochure in the church bulletin highlighted the dangers and prevalence of type 2 diabetes in the African-American community and how obesity is a causal factor. After the service, we made our way to the fellowship hall to celebrate Black History Month. As we began to chow down on unhealthy foods and sugary drinks, nobody blinked at the hypocrisy.

Written On Thursday, December 20 2012 08:40

Why I Won't Listen to Beyonce

Written by Maya Rockeymoore

Today and again in two weeks all eyes will be on Beyonce Knowles as she performs at the inauguration and Super Bowl. As someone who has music from every solo album Beyonce has ever recorded, I can say that I have been a long time fan. So I never thought I would be giving people -- especially children and communities of color -- this piece of advice: do not listen to Beyonce.

Written On Monday, January 21 2013 15:55

Advocating Against Injustice in the Agriculture Industry

Written by Kandace Vallejo

Agriculture is a hot topic these days. Americans are more and more concerned about where their food comes from, if it is organic, and if their beef was grass orgrain fed. But one topic frequently eludes our dialogues: labor. Its no surprise to many that farm laborers frequently work an exhaustive number of hoursweekly for abysmally low wages.

Written On Tuesday, March 05 2013 12:06

The Soda Games

Written by Maya Rockeymoore

It isn’t often that we get to see American teens in peak physical condition showcasing their athleticism on the world stage. So it was especially thrilling to watch the U.S. women’s gymnastics team—and other young Olympians—win gold at this summer’s London Olympics. Their achievements are an important reminder that it is still possible to be young and fit in America. But the sad fact is that the opportunity to be healthy is still eluding too many children and youth.

Written On Monday, August 27 2012 15:12

Now is Not the Time to Cut Feeding Programs

The Farm Bill touches the lives of every American. From the hundreds of thousands of farmers who grow our fruits and vegetables and raise our livestock to the millions of hungry Americans who depend on federal feeding programs, no one can deny the importance of this legislation.

Written On Tuesday, July 03 2012 16:17

A New Take on the Food Stamp Debate

Written by Christine Fry

Over the past couple of weeks members of Congress have been taking part in a challenge to live on the average food stamp budget, a public experiment that comes in the midst of an ongoing debate about whether people receiving food assistance should be allowed to spend government dollars on junk food and soda.

Written On Friday, December 02 2011 16:14
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