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.
"Food banks and charities around the District, Maryland and Virginia are experiencing declines in donations — of money, of food, of clothing — this holiday season, crippling their ability to serve the needy, organizers say." (The Washington Post)
Kyle Waide, CEO of the Atlanta Community Food Bank stressed, "the importance of SNAP even as his food bank provides more than 63 million meals to more than 750,000 Georgians annually. SNAP, he says, provides 12 times the amount of assistance that food banks do nationwide." (The Guardian)
"Food banks throughout the Bay Area are scrambling for the second year in a row to make sure they have enough donations to sustain their organization next year." (The Mercury News)
Obesity has been linked to food insecurity, and the cuts to SNAP will likely make both problems worse. (NPR)
The homeless population in the United States increased by 2.7% this year, according to a report released by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. (CBS News)