Wednesday, December 25, 2013
By Karen DeWitt : NYS Public Radio/WXXI
With winter officially here, New York’s food pantries and soup kitchens are feeling the strain of feeding the hungry, especially after two key benefit cuts form the federal government.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
For many of the 47 million Americans on food stamps Thanksgiving this year will be difficult, made worse by cuts to SNAP assistance that began rolling out November 1. Joel Berg is executive director of the New York City Coalition Against Hunger and author of “All You Can Eat: How Hungry is America?” Also joining The Takeaway are Mary Coleman and Jennifer Peguero, two women who have experienced the difficulties of building a feast when there is little to go around.
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Roger Thurow tells the story of a group of smallholder farmers in western Kenya who took an enormous risk to try to change their lives against the backdrop of our looming global challenge to feed the world’s growing population. The Last Hunger Season: A Year in an African Farm Community on the Brink of Change is about how this community deals with the wanjala—the hunger season that can last up to eight or nine months at a time.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Wednesday, February 01, 2012
By Yasmeen Khan
A new report shows that New York City comes in dead last among 26 urban school districts when it comes to making sure low-income children receive a free breakfast at school. But education officials say the comparison is not fair because the city's school system is much bigger and more complex than any of its counterparts.
Monday, November 21, 2011
As Thanksgiving week starts, the Brian Lehrer Show convenes a panel to talk about hunger and food stamps in NYC with Robert Doar, administrator and commissioner of the New York City Human Resources Administration and Department of Social Services; New York City Public Advocate, Bill de Blasio and Triada Stampas, director of government relations and public education at the Food Bank For New York City.
Sunday, November 20, 2011
By Annmarie Fertoli : Associate Producer at WNYC
About 100,000 canned goods — stacked in the shape of shoes, candles and even the Brooklyn Bridge — are on display at the World Financial Center in Lower Manhattan for one last weekend as part of a design and build competition to bring attention to world hunger.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
John Hockenberry went to Somalia in 1992. Hunger, armed Islamists, and drought were taking a heavy toll on the country — just like they are now. In his latest video, Hockenberry talks about the experience, and how news of famine and difficult challenges to delivery of aid in recent weeks sounds far too familiar in a country still desperate for help, and plagued by those who undermine it.
Friday, March 18, 2011
It’s been a week since the earthquake and tsunami devastated Northern Japan. So far, the disaster has claimed nearly 5,700 lives and 9,500 people are still missing. As relief organizations try to clear away the rubble, there’s yet another crisis hitting the country: hunger. Severely damaged roads and broken supply lines have caused food shortages throughout the region.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
First lady Michelle Obama is joining Wal-Mart to announce a major health food initiative. The super store unveiled a five-year plan to improve the quality of its food, to lower prices on produce and to open stores in underserved areas. Wal-Mart is the number one grocer in the U.S. and can have a huge impact on public health.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
The number of hungry New Yorkers has increased by almost 7 percent since last year, according to a survey by New York City Coalition Against Hunger and half of the feeding organizations surveyed had to turn hungry people away.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
A new study from the U.S. Department of Agriculture finds that over 17 million American families — nearly 1 in 8 — went hungry at some point in the last year. The figures include as many as one million children. The family hardships of our current Great Recession inevitably recall stories of the Great Depression, an era when many Americans came of age scrimping and saving every penny and every last crumb. So how will the experiences of the children of the Great Recession compare to those who were kids during the Great Depression?
Thursday, October 14, 2010
In today’s tough economic times, we frequently talk about conserving energy, cutting down on waste and living more frugally.
Despite these good intentions, a new study in the American Chemical Society's journal indicates that the food Americans throw out or leave in fields to rot wastes the equivalent of 350 million barrels of oil a year. That's about 70 times the amount of oil in the BP Gulf oil spill.
Monday, September 27, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
Last week on the program we discussed the idea of making access to food a basic legal right. This idea comes from India, a country that is home to one of the world's largest impoverished populations, with over 421 million of its citizens going hungry. India is now considering making access to food a right enshrined by the constitution. Takeaway listeners tell us whether they believe access to food should be a human and legal right.
On our Facebook page, Kathleen writes:
"Food is absolutely a human right. The fact that not every country can feed all its people right now is irrelevant to food being a human right. Governments - including ours - should be judged according to how quickly and effectively they are working to feed everyone."