The irony is poignant that hunger exists in a state with the nation’s richest soil and the nation’s number-one ranking in corn and soybean production. But despite the bounty around them, many Iowans experience what is now called “food insecurity.” In simpler terms, they can’t find the means to feed themselves or their family, despite many having full-time jobs. Continue reading “The New Face of Hunger (coverage)”
“Radio Times,” WHYY – Philadelphia • July 16, 2014
Perhaps the most devastating aspect of living in poverty is being “food insecure,” a term devised by the government to describe those who are not always certain that they will have access to food. 15 percent of Americans are food insecure, and in Pennsylvania, that number is 12.5 percent, according to statistics from the Pennsylvania Hunger Action Center. And the face of hunger is changing, with seemingly comfortable, suburban families needing to visit donation-based food pantry’s in order to make ends meet. Today, we look at hunger in the suburbs with TRACIE McMILLAN, Continue reading “Hunger in the suburbs”
Photo by Rachel LeGoubin, Chautaqua Daily staff photographer
The Chautauquan Daily • July 2, 2014
In 1968, CBS Reports showed a documentary called “Hunger in America.” The film illustrated the face of late ’60s poverty: uneducated, unemployed men and women raising skinny-legged kids in run-down shacks. Senior citizens and children were the worst affected. One in 20 Americans at the time struggled with hunger, a figure just above the unemployment rate.
Author of New York Times’ bestseller, “The American Way of Eating,” Senior Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism and Oakland County native Tracie McMillan joins Laura and Travis to discuss an article she recently wrote for The Guardian that debunks stereotypes about who wants and who’s buying organic food. She breaks down the article and talks about Wal-Mart’s role in bringing organic food to the masses.Continue reading “Wal-Mart and Organic Food”
When journalist Tracie McMillan set out to write about poverty through the lens of hunger, she had no idea that her ideas would spark a national debate on the relationship between food and class in America.