A weekly round-up of the stories that caught our eye this week, with an emphasis on hunger, food waste, and poverty in the United States.
According to Robert Campbell, the Managing Director of Policy for Feeding America, “The SNAP program provides nine meals for every one meal provided by food banks and other charities.” (CBS News)
In an Op-Ed, Margarette Purvis, President of the Food Bank for New York City, writes that, “There is no amount of generosity by corporate or traditional philanthropy to any charity that will make up for,” the changes to the SNAP program. (The New York Times)
“Hunger New York Executive Director Linda Bopp said the change ‘will cause serious harm to individuals, communities, and the nation while doing nothing to improve the health and employment of those impacted.'” (Rockland/Westchester Journal News)
Taking SNAP away from people who are unemployed will also have an impact on their family members who share the benefits, such as children and elderly parents. (The Atlantic)
A new report from the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty Law finds that cities around the country are increasingly introducing laws that criminalize homelessness. (The San Diego Union-Tribune)