Hunger Symposium Study Guide

Prep for the Hunger Symposium with our Study Guide!

This comprehensive collection of resources features news stories, op-eds and policy FAQs that will help you understand this year’s Symposium theme: The Challenges of Food Sourcing. Catch up on the latest Farm Bill debates, drought coverage and hunger issues, and learn how they affect you in today’s world.

From Philabundance

Food Insecurity Expands As The Drought Continues
Bill Clark, President & Executive Director of Philabundance
Few think of summer, a season of packing the car and heading down the shore, as the time of greatest need. But as summer comes to a close and kids are getting ready to head back to school, I think about all of the families who have been struggling the last few months. Read more…

Necessity Breeds Creativity: Finding new ways to attack hunger.
Try as we might, we can never stop the world from changing… But one thing is constant – our almost one million Delaware Valley neighbors who still need our help to stave off hunger. Download Philabundance’s 2011 Community Report

General Resourcs

MPR News | Graph: SNAP benefits recipients [INFOGRAPHIC]
By Julie Siple, Minnesota Public Radio Aug. 20, 2012
More than 46 million Americans currently receive food stamps, officially known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. A small but growing number of young college graduates are among them.  Read more…

The Washington Post: In U.S., food is wasted from farm to fork
By Dina ElBoghdady, Published: August 21
Americans throw away up to 40 percent of their food every year, cramming landfills with at least $165 billion worth of produce and meats at a time when hundreds of millions of people suffer from chronic hunger globally, according to an analysis released Tuesday by the Natural Resources Defense Council.

The analysis, a compilation of various studies and statistics, found that waste exists from farm to fork even as an ongoing drought threatens to boost food prices. Read more…

Infographic: The Facts Behind Food Prices
By CME Group
This infographic visually highlights the multiple factors that can influence agricultural markets and ultimately the prices consumers pay for food. Among these reasons is a growing global middle-class, particularly in China and India, resulting in increased demand for meat and grains. Read more…

USDA Food Hub  Resources
Information on local farmers markets and food marketing from the United States Department of Agriculture.

Food Hubs and Local Food Systems
By Joe Bute, June 18, 2011
Unlike a shared use kitchen incubator, the Food Hub is designed around the needs of the end market for locally produced and processed food. Incubators are typically focusing on the individual food entrepreneur who has an idea of a product that they want to introduce into the local food system. Read more…

Declining Food Streams and Increased Need
By Feeding America
Need Continues to Drive Demand for Increased Food Donations  Read more…

Global Food Banking Network Food Sourcing toolkit
The Global Food Banking Network  Click to download…

Map the Meal Gap, Food Insecurity in your County
Feeding America
Select a year and your state in these interactive maps and start learning more about the residents struggling with hunger in your community and the food banks that serve them. Read more…

Hunger and Poverty Statistics
Feeding America
Although related, food insecurity and poverty are not the same.  Unemployment rather than poverty is a stronger predictor of food insecurity. Read more…

Hunger in America: Key Findings
Feeding America
The 37 million Americans served annually by Feeding America include nearly 14 million children and nearly 3 million seniors. Read more…

Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)
The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) is a federal program that provides food at no cost to low-income Americans in need of short-term hunger relief. Read more…

Cost of Food
Food Resource & Action Center (FRAC)
Low-income households are particularly vulnerable to fluctuations in the cost of food. For those with budgets already stretched to their limits, higher food costs mean that people struggle to afford enough food for themselves or their families. Read more…

Learn about the Supermarket Gleaning Program
Community Food Bank of NJ
Gleaning is the collection of food from retailers who are unable to market the product due to minor damage or a code date issue. Read more…

News Articles & Press Releases

Feeding America Warns Cuts to the SNAP Program will Overwhelm Food Pantries and Hunger Relief Charities   
Chicago, Illinois | August 14, 2012 – The Current version of the House Agriculture Committee’s Farm Bill cuts $16.5 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, commonly known as “Food Stamps”), which provides nutrition assistance to millions of low-income individuals. Read more…

Food Bank shortage strains supplies
The Daily Hampshire Gazette | August 1, 2012 – In the past 10 months, the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts has received half the amount of free food from the federal government that it did one year ago, and the trickle-down effect has put strain on local agencies and food pantries in Franklin County. Read more…

Rising costs, cuts in funding, donations hurt Evansville-area food banks
MARK WILSON, Evansville Courier & Press | August 05, 2012 – Cuts in federally supplied food staples and funding, rising food costs and increasing demand are creating a perfect storm that is straining Evansville area food pantries and threatening to close some. Read more…

Newly Poor Swell Lines at Food Banks
JULIE BOSMAN | February 19, 2009 — Once a crutch for the most needy, food pantries have responded to the deepening recession by opening their doors to what Rosemary Gilmartin, who runs the Interfaith Food Pantry here, described as “the next layer of people” — a rapidly expanding roster of child-care workers, nurse’s aides, real estate agents and secretaries facing a financial crisis for the first time. Read more…

Pantries Face Shuttering if Donations Keep Dropping
JUAN-PABLO VELEZ, The New York Times | November 25, 2011
Twenty years had passed since Lynette Tuck had last set foot in the Albany Park Food Pantry. “When my kids were little I used to come all the time, to stretch the budget,” said Ms. Tuck, who was recently fired from her job as a child care worker. Read more…

Food banks’ lean times threaten to get worse
Alan Briggs, MANNA FoodBank | Augst 15, 2012
North Carolina’s seven food banks see firsthand the effect the nation’s struggling economy has had on our neighbors. Many families are still hurting from the impact of high and prolonged unemployment, reduced hours and wages or the struggle to live on a single salary. Read more…

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