A Tightening Squeeze The Declining Expenditures on Food by American Households
Released by the Food Research and Action Center, December 2011

SNAP Outreach & Faith Communities
Help your faith community and the community at large break the cycle of hunger and poverty in their communities by sharing information about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps.

SNAP benefits allow families to purchase more nutritious foods, like whole grains, low-fat and fat-free milk products, fruits and vegetables.

With SNAP, low-income families and individuals are better able to access healthy food, right in the communities where they live, work and play.

Join WHEAT in ending hunger in a new way - it's a SNAP!

Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation: Summer Nutrition Status Report 2011
The federally-funded Summer Nutrition Programs, which provide nutritious meals and snacks to low-income children during the summer months, are falling increasingly short of meeting the needs of low-income children. Only one in seven of the low-income students who depended on the National School Lunch Program during the regular 2009–2010 school year had access to summer meals in 2010. The limited reach of the Summer Nutrition Programs meant that for the majority of those children, the end of the school year was the end of the healthy, filling meals on which they counted. It also meant a summer of struggling to avoid going hungry. The continuing fallout of the Great Recession has not only had profound adverse effects on families it has severely strained state and local budgets, resulting in major cuts in summer schools and youth programs throughout the country. The decrease in programs where food can be served makes it more difficult for the Summer Nutrition Programs to respond to the dramatic increase in need. Contrary to the recent trend in federal nutrition programs in general, in 2010 the Summer Nutrition Programs actually fed fewer children than in the previous year, extending the decline first seen in 2009.

If low-income children are going to have access to the healthy food they need during the summer months, aggressive steps must be taken at the federal, state and local levels to ensure that the Summer Nutrition Programs are available to low-income children and that families know about them and know how to participate.

ENDING CHILDHOOD HUNGER BY 2015: The Essential Strategies for Achieving the President's Goal

Reading, Writing and Hungry - The consequences of food insecurity on children, and on our nation’s economic success
Food Research and Action Center and Children’s Sentinel Nutrition Assessment Program for the Partnership for America's Economic Success

From Poverty to Prosperity: A National Strategy to Cut Poverty in Half by 2018 - THE STRATEGIC BLUEPRINT FOR THE HALF IN TEN CAMPAIGN
Thirty-seven million Americans live below the official poverty line. Millions more struggle each month to pay for basic necessities, or run out of savings when they lose their jobs or face health emergencies. Poverty imposes enormous costs on society. The lost potential of children raised in poor households,the lower productivity and earnings of poor adults, the poor health, increased crime, and broken neighborhoods all hurt our nation. Persistent childhood poverty is estimated to cost our nation $500 billion each year, or about 4 percent of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product. In a world of increasing global competition, we cannot afford to squander these human resources.

God’s Mission in the World: An Ecumenical Christian Study Guide on Global Poverty and the Millennium Development Goals
Prepared by The Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations And the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America(ELCA) Washington Office.

Right to Food Guidelines: Information Papers and Case Studies by the FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS ROME, 2006
This paper has three aims.

First, it sets out to describe the role and scope of food aid in realizing the Right to Food.

Second, it attempts to assess the extent to which food aid does in fact contribute to the realization of the Right to Food.

Finally, it describes some elements of an emerging consensus on directions for reform of food aid practices to strengthen the impact on the Right to Food.

It is important to note that this Information Paper is not intended to provide a general discussion of food aid, but rather to assesses food aid from a Right to Food perspective.

FOOD FORCE: THE GAME A Downloadable Game that puts you in charge of feeding millions of people
A major crisis has developed in the Indian Ocean, on the island of Sheylan. We’re sending in a new team to step up the World Food Programme’s presence there and help feed millions of hungry people.

Play the game online and see how you can make a difference, virtually then respond in REAL LIFE!

2011_12 Federal Poverty Guidelines
The poverty guidelines updated annually in the Federal Register by the U. S. Dept. of Health and Human Services sets the poverty guideline for a family of four at $22,350 annual gross income.

The Right to Adequate Food: A Training Resource from the University of Minnesota
Hungry? If you were born in the right part of the world and into the right social class, the solution to your problem is no farther away than the nearest refrigerator. If you weren't, then you may go hungry all your short life, as 800 million people do, who were born in the wrong place and into the wrong social class.

Lots of people, frankly, are tired of hearing about them and their problems, which seem eternal and inevitable. Not So.

The reasons people go hungry are not mysterious. Mass starvation is not an act of God. Hunger is created and maintained by human decisions.

This module on Right to Food that identifies international standards related to the right to food discusses the right to adequate food analyses the relationship of the right to food to other rights considers states' obligations under international and national law and addresses implementation and enforcement mechanisms.

Trade Week of Action Guide
The action guide introduces the idea and goals as well as plans for a Trade Week of Action in your faith community. Join WHEAT in this important week of action...

The Right to Food
A portal of information and training resouces to support ongoing implementation of the Right to Food, looking particularly at the Voluntary Guidelines which outline good practice for countries in implementing the Right to Food.

The Economic Cost of Domestic Hunger - Estimated Annual Burden to the United States
Released June 5, 2007
An analysis commissioned by the Sodexho Foundation,in partnership with the Public Welfare Foundation and Spunk Fund, Inc.

CoAuthored by
Dr. J. Larry Brown,
Harvard School of Public Health
Dr. Donald Shepard, Brandeis University
Dr. Timothy Martin, Brandeis University
Dr. John Orwat, Loyola University

Feeding Minds, Fighting Hunger
An international classroom for exploring the problems of hunger, malnutrition and food insecurity. Sponsored by American Federation of Teachers Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Future Harvest International Food Policy Research Institute International Education and Resource Network National Peace Corps Association Newsweek Education Program United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization United States National Committee for World Food Day The World Bank.

"Waging a Living: Opportunities for Action"
This report examines the state of America's low-income workers, provides examples of programs that have successfully increased access to health care, education or training, and makes suggestions for getting involved in making a difference. Produced by The Hatcher Group. (PDF, 320KB) Must have .PDF to download

"Waging A Living: Delve Deeper"
Suggested list of books,videos and websites produced in collaboration with the American Library Association and P.O.V.

"Waging A Living" Discussion Guide for Employers, Labor Leaders and Community Stakeholders
A Companion Discussion Guide to the "Waging A Living" DVD, includes Community Outreach Activities. Must have .PDF to open.

Power Point Presentation for Faith Communities in Arizona on the Minimum Wage Initiative
This Power Point Presentation includes information on WHEAT, Interfaith Worker Justice, the Initiative itself and hunger and poverty statistics relevant to Arizona.
This is a large Power Point File and takes some time to download. It is easier to click on the link above and then "save" to your computer before opening.

Let Justice Roll Resources for Faith Communities to Participate in RAISING THE MINIMUM WAGE
A 41-page document filled with ideas for services, sermons and tools to encourage others to get involved in the Campaign to Raise the Minimum Wage in Arizona.
Must have .PDF to open

"A Just Minimum Wage: Good for Workers, Business and Our Future" By Holly Sklar & Rev. Paul Sherry
Makes a powerful economic and moral case for raising the minimum wage and moving the U.S. from a low-road economy to the high road of enduring economic progress. A job should keep you out of poverty, not keep you in it.
Must have .PDF to open

USDA Economic Research Service
To subscribe to USDA's Economic Research Service for notification of the research on the topics that interest you, click the link above.

Purging the Urge to Splurge

Organizing a Hunger Banquet

USDA's New Recipe Book for Healthy, Thrifty Meals: Meeting federal dietary guidance at minimal cost

10 Steps to a Successful Vegetable Garden

10 Pasos Para Tener Exito En El Jardin

Developing a Strategy for Advocacy

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