Tag Archives: Hunger
Homeless youth

Capital of Economic Inequality?

Last July, I packed up all of my bags, loaded up the trunk of my dad’s car, and made the trek from New England to move to Washington D.C. and begin my post-collegiate professional life.

While I’ve been enjoying the past year in the Nation’s Capital, amidst learning WMATA and running routes, dashing between meetings, enjoying the monuments and museums, it’s impossible not to see the rampant inequality in the District. In Dupont Circle alone, just blocks from the RAC’s office on Kivie Kaplan Way, too many people experiencing homelessness camp out at night, not sure where else to go in the hazy humidity of a D.C. summer or during the winter nights before the federal government closes for a snow day.

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Forever Wandering in a (Food) Desert?

Many of us take grocery stores for granted. We see them on our commutes home or we live within an easy walk or drive and also likely have a place near our workplaces that we can run to as well.

In some areas, this is not the case. A food desert is an area where at least 1/3 of the area’s residents are over a mile from the grocery store, and over 20% live below the poverty line. As grocery stores start to make smaller profits, they become more likely to leave those areas, leaving individuals with fewer resources for healthy food options. Individuals also have to travel for longer distances in order to get the food that they need, making it more challenging to access healthy foods. When grocery stores close, the closings can turn the surrounding area into a food desert.

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This Child Nutrition Reauthorization Day, Join the Reform Movement and Advocate For Child Nutrition Programs

With school out for the summer, we must keep in mind how children get food outside of the cafeteria. Today is Child Nutrition Reauthorization National Call In Day, making it an especially timely opportunity to join anti-hunger advocates in supporting child nutrition programs.

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On Shavuot we must remember our obligation to care for all

Inaction Boggles the Mind: We Must End Child Hunger

48.8 million Americans—including 16.2 million children— live in households that are food insecure. In particular, food insecurity is especially present in communities of color. Nearly one in four (24%) Latino households are food insecure and over than one in four Latino children (30%) live in food insecure households. In addition, of the top 10 US counties with the highest child food-insecurity rates for children, three are majority Hispanic counties. Hunger also disproportionately impacts African American communities. One in four (25 percent) African American households are food insecure and African American households are over two times as likely to be food insecure as white, non-Hispanic households. Further, counties with majority African American populations are disproportionately represented among the top 10 percent of counties that have the highest rates of food insecurity.

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Counting Towards Economic Justice

Sincethe second day of Passover, Jews have been participating in the ritual of counting the Omer. As we count the Omer, we look forward to the celebration of receiving the Torah at Sinai and the joyous celebrations of harvest and springtime. .

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Children walking down street with their father wearing backpacks

The Sustenance of Education

As Memorial Day approaches, we are also coming closer to Shavuot, or the Festival of Weeks, when we celebrate the giving of the Torah at Sinai. On Shavuot, it is customary to have sweet dairy foods, like cheesecake and blintzes, in honor of the sweetness of milk and honey, akin to the sweetness of celebrating the knowledge of learning and the Torah.

Yet, there are many children across the country who cannot fully enjoy the sweetness of studying without going hungry.  Three out of four public school teachers say that students regularly come to school hungry. Though child nutrition programs like the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs, already exist, these programs need to be strengthened. Breakfast is connected to benefits in the classroom: a majority of teachers see students paying better attention in class and having improved attendance. 48% of educators also note that their teens have fewer disciplinary problems when they eat breakfast.

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President Obama's budget documents

Appropriating to Meet Our Values

With the budget process moving along, the appropriations process also kicks in. Budget season allows for the president and the two chambers of Congress to lay out their priorities vis-à-vis funding levels for government programs and agencies. The appropriations process is when Congress sets the amounts in real funds, and requires a lot of negotiations and debate. And, the possibility that all the important government programs that need full funding will get it is slim.

The House Appropriations Committee began by taking the sequester-level cap of $1.017 trillion used in the GOP budget (effectively frozen from the current year) and dividing it up among the 12 spending bills. These allocations – known as 302(b)s, and which set funding levels for each of the 12 appropriations subcommittees – were approved last Wednesday.

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At the Consultation: Hear From Former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick

On April 26-28, hundreds of Reform Jews will gather in Washington, D.C. for the RAC’s Consultation on Conscience, the Reform Movement’s flagship social justice event. This year’s Consultation will feature Former Governor of Massachusetts Deval Patrick, among many other luminaries. Tune in to the live stream of Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner’s installation as Director of the RAC at 10:15 a.m on Monday morning to hear Gov. Patrick’s remarks.

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