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Can $4 a day provide a nutritious diet?

April 29, 2013

That is the question posed by the Health Communication Research Center, a partner of the Interdisciplinary Center for Food Security, as their staff embarked on the Food Stamp Challenge in March. Limiting food expenditures to $28 dollars per week (the average SNAP benefit for a person in Missouri), they set out to learn about the…

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Hidden Hunger at Mizzou

April 11, 2013

Hunger on college campuses is often overlooked, but with increasing costs for tuition and housing, students often find themselves pinched. Students at the University of Missouri recently organized an event to bring the issue to light. Co-hosted by the Women's Center, Tiger Pantry (MU's campus-based food pantry), and the Environmental Leadership Office, Hidden Hunger included a…

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Poverty Summit Brings Together Advocates and Experts

March 26, 2013

The 2013 Poverty Summit, sponsored by Missourians to End Poverty, took place on April 9th in Jefferson City, Missouri. The summit provided an opportunity for organizations and advocates from across the state to network, learn from one another, and develop strategies for addressing poverty in Missouri. This year's summit featured the notable Peter Edelman, author…

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The City that Ended Hunger

Dec. 13, 2012

A Yes magazine article by Frances Moore Lappé tells the story of how Brazil's fourth largest city, Belo Horizonte, tackled the issue of hunger. Using a combination of policy and market measures, along with citizen engagement, the city reached nearly 40 percent of it's 2.5 million citizens through various hunger relief and nutrition efforts and…

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Community Food Systems and Food Banks

Dec. 5, 2012

The Community Food Resource Center, part of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, stands out for their efforts to incorporate programs and projects that link people to community-based food systems.  They have active home and community gardening programs, a 2.5 acre urban farm, and farmers' markets that provide a source of fresh food to…

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World Food Day 2012

Oct. 16, 2012

October 16 was World Food Day, sponsored by a host of government agencies and non-governmental organizations to raise awareness about hunger and malnutrition around the world. According to a recent report jointly published by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and the World Food Programme (WFP), approximately…

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Can these Minnesota ads reduce obesity?

Oct. 2, 2012

Minnesotans have something new to watch on TV: Commercials encouraging them to reduce their weight. They are a part of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota’s latest campaign to reduce obesity rates. These ads haven't been universally loved, drawing criticism from those who argue that people respond better to positive message about health and healthy…

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Catching up with the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture

Oct. 2, 2012

The Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture, a non-profit organization in Columbia, Missouri, has been working to expand fresh food options in central Columbia since 2008.  The group began with a small demonstration garden and has grown to include a 1.3 acre urban farm, an on-site farm stand that accepts SNAP benefits, an Opportunity Gardens program…

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NPR: Recession Still Hurting U.S. Families Trying To Put Food On The Table

Oct. 2, 2012

A recent post on NPR's food blog, The Salt, reported that "the number of U.S. families struggling to put enough food on the table remains at record-high levels." This comes from new data released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The department estimates that approximately 14.9 percent of American households were food insecure in 2011.…