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Infographic: Race and Gender in the Food Chain

Jul 26, 2011 | By Page May

Last week we focused on the food system as it relates to the wealth gap. However, we missed this one great infographic!

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Fact Sheet: The Food System and the Wealth Gap

Jul 21, 2011 | By Page May

The Farm Bill’s food basket programs such as SNAP, WIC, and Child Nutrition have obvious connections to the wealth gap. The other half of the Farm Bill- dealing directly with farms and agriculture- may be less clearly relevant to the Mind the Gap! conversation.

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Food in Our World: Recommended Resources

Jul 20, 2011 | By Page May

I am drawn to the centrality of food in both daily living and human development. In fact, studying the domestic and global food systems has become a passion of mine. In my own learning, I have come to conceptualize food as a nexus of the world’s forces, systems, and histories that both embody inequalities of the past and perpetuate those injustices today: Food connects to hunger, inequality, oppression, agriculture, sustainability, power, violence, political economy AND the hopeful possibilities for future societies.

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Nutrition Programs for Children and Seniors Threatened

The House of Representatives is voting on H.R. 2112 – Agriculture Appropriations for 2012. Some provisions would reduce access to food for members of our communities who are living in poverty – particularly children and the elderly. Read more

Blog: Child Nutrition Briefing - "the most disheartening 45 minutes I have experienced..."

Sep 21, 2010 | By Laura Quigley, NETWORK Intern

This morning, Casey and I attended a briefing about child nutrition reauthorization that was sponsored by Feeding America, a network of over 200 food banks that operate throughout the country. I have to say, it was probably the most disheartening 45 minutes I have experienced during my time as an intern at NETWORK. Read more

Blog: Summer Starts, and So Does Childhood Hunger

Jun 21, 2010 | By Maureen Book, NETWORK Intern

As today marks the first day of summer, we have many things to look forward to—lazy afternoons at the pool, ice cream trucks, family barbeques, fireworks, and my favorite fruit—watermelon. But for many children in the nation, today marks the beginning of a summer filled with hunger. Read more

Child Nutrition


Current State of Child Nutrition in the United States

Nearly one in four children in the United States is at risk of hunger.  Of the 46.2 million SNAP participants, nearly half are children and 75% are families with children.

A hungry child will have more trouble fighting off sickness, have problems focusing in school, and are less likely to graduate from high school.

Food

"For I was hungry and you gave me food"(Mt 25:35). As Catholics, we are called to respect and uphold each individual’s right to life and dignity. Food insecurity, which is defined as the inability to meet basic food needs because of a lack of financial resource, diminishes an individual’s ability to lead a dignified life – and the fact that it exists in our rich nation is unconscionable.

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