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Economic Justice

Blog: Congress, Consider Your Priorities

Jun 22, 2010 | By Marge Clark, BVM

Members of Congress, particularly the Senate these days, express dire threats about the deficit. Many are intent on shredding the social safety net at every opportunity while limiting job growth assistance and contributing to loss of public sector jobs – to prevent adding to the dreaded monetary deficit.  Read more

We Support the Greening Food Deserts Act

Rep. Marcy Kaptur's bill will help increase local agricultural production and fresh food availability in U.S. “food deserts,” communities with limited access to affordable and nutritious food. 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

Nutritious Food

Though millions of children in the United States suffer from food insecurity, a third of all children in the nation are obese or at risk of being obese. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that in 2008, only one state, Colorado, had a prevalence of obesity less than 20%. These statistics present a seemingly great paradox. The high prevalence of obesity cannot simply be attributed to over-consumption of food, but rather the unavailability of healthy, nutritious food.

Farm-to-School Programs

As the U.S. Bishops remind us, “A key measure of every agricultural program and legislative initiative is whether it helps the most vulnerable farmers, farmworkers, and their families and whether it contributes to a global food system that provides basic nutrition for all.” (USCCB, “Catholic Reflections on Food, Farmers, and Farmworkers”)

Rural family farmers have been struggling in recent years due to the industrialization of the food industry by major corporations.

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.

Blog: Getting to the Root of Our Oil Dependence

Jun 17, 2010 | By Maureen Book, NETWORK Intern

The president spoke eloquently from the Oval Office on the need to reduce our dependency on foreign oil. Read more

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