This picture was once the common image of American suburbia. More and more, it is no longer the reality. Recent news reports show that the majority of Pittsburgh’s poor are in the suburbs.
Tag Archives | Hunger Awareness Month
As we’ve been discussing in recent blog posts – and as we strive to address in our mission – the typical cause of hunger in this country is poverty. But sometimes people go hungry because they are having food purposefully withheld from them. And sometimes those people protest in the only way they have available.
As we explored yesterday there is no shortage of judgment for the 47 million Americans living in poverty. All kinds of stereotypes and assumptions abound that serve to blame the poor for their situation. But the physical and psychological effects of living in poverty make escaping it that much harder, as this infographic aptly depicts:
Today, more than 46 million Americans live in poverty. How does one explain the lack of widespread outrage over this – that in a country as rich as ours one in five children are facing hunger?
I often am asked the question, “why is an anti-hunger organization running a free tax-filing program?” Though it may not seem logical at first, it turns out that filing a tax return (or 2,500 tax returns in a season) is a very effective way to fight hunger.
Last month, I joined Pittsburgh fast food workers and economic justice activists on a 3am bus headed to the McDonald’s annual shareholder meeting in Chicago. Fast food workers and community supporters from around the country traveled in to stand up for a living wage and the right to organize for fair treatment on the job.
All that talk about pie yesterday got us hungry, so we figured we’d do something a little fun for Friday and talk about…food!
Yesterday dozens of activists convened in Pennsylvania’s capitol to send a message to legislators to put human interests above special interests. As the June 30th deadline for a state budget draws near, Harrisburg was filled with the urgent voices of advocates, the disabled, union members, teachers, and young school students aiming to be heard above […]
Right now, Pennsylvania is facing a $1.3 billion budget shortfall – a huge gap lawmakers are supposed to close by June 30th. Gov. Corbett is seriously considering a cuts-only budget that would lock in recent devastating cuts to education, make more cuts to all other state programs (like social services), and use a host of […]
The number of seniors facing hunger has doubled since 2001. One in 12 seniors experiences hunger in our community, but one in six is on the brink of hunger and is making tough choices.