The Center for Hunger-Free Communities

Solutions Based on Science and the Human Experience

Press Releases

The Center for Hunger-Free Communities works on a variety of research and policy issues throughout the year.  See our latest press releases here.

(September 2014)

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Economic Research Service released its annual report on food security in the United States. In 2013, over 49 million people in the U.S., including over 16 million children, were living in food insecure households, meaning that they did not have access to enough food for an active and healthy life. This includes 17 million people living in households that were very low food secure, a more severe form of food insecurity.

(July 2014)

As mothers and fathers who experience poverty firsthand, the members of Witnesses to Hunger know how government assistance programs are working on the ground. They are experts in what works and what doesn't, and have many recommendations on how to end poverty and increase opportunities for all Americans. 

(July 2014)

Senator Murray (D-WA) recently proposed the Stop Child Summer Hunger Act. Under this act, families with children who receive free or reduced price meals at school would receive EBT cards with additional funds for the summer.

In addition, Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Representatives Don Young (R-AK) and Rick Larsen (D-WA) proposed the Summer Meals Act of 2014. This bill would enhance efforts to expand the reach of the Summer Food Program to low-income children and simplify the administration of the program for sponsors.

To capture the impact of these proposals, members of Witnesses to Hunger made statements on the struggles they face when feeding their families in the summer.

(January 2014)

The Center for Hunger Free Communities and Witnesses to Hunger are proud to report that last evening Tianna Gaines-Turner attended the State of the Union as Pennsylvania Senator Robert Casey’s guest. 

(December 2013)

(December 2013)

Wednesday, December 11th marks the five-year anniversary of the first Witnesses to Hunger exhibit.  This December 11th the Center for Hunger-Free Communities is hosting an exhibit that brings together, for the first time, Witnesses from all of the sites.  Their photographs will be displayed along with new pictures taken just recently and a wall capturing many of the experiences the Witnesses have had over the last five years.

(September 2012)

Philadelphia, September 12, 2012– Today the United States Census Bureau released annual data on income, poverty, and health insurance coverage.  The data included indicators that children remain particularly vulnerable. One out of four children under the age of five (25.1 percent), live in poverty. Furthermore, 12.3 percent, or 2.45 million children under 5 are living in extreme poverty, at or below 50 percent of the federal poverty level.

(September 2012)

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Economic Research Service released the annual report on food security in the United States for 2011 on September 5, 2012. While nationally the food insecurity rates haven't changed since the previous year, the severe food insecurity has increased suggesting a continuing public health crisis. See the press release for more information.

Half of Households with Children in the First Congressional District Report Inability to Afford Food. Data Also Show Widespread Struggle in Every Congressional District, Underscoring Need to Protect Nutrition Safety Net

In 2011, 26.5 percent of respondents in Pennsylvania’s First Congressional District reported not having enough money to buy food that they or their family needed during the prior twelve months, according to a new report released by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC). This represents a reduction in food hardship by nearly 10 percentage points since 2009.


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