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Hunger, depression & unemployment: Trans adults are struggling

The past two years have been difficult for everyone, but they’ve been particularly rough for transgender households as new data released by the Census Bureau shows that trans adults are reporting startling rates of depression, hunger and unemployment. ... Read more»

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School lunch program, a 'game changer' for kids, gets last-minute reprieve

A pandemic-era program that greatly expanded access to school lunches won a last-minute extension through the summer, “fantastic” news for the tens of thousands of Arizona kids who have relied on those meals, advocates said. ... Read more»

Schools scramble to fill hunger gaps as pandemic student lunch funding expires

Now that President Joe Biden has signed into law the Keep Kids Fed Act, adjusting how students can get their meals, school across the nation are struggling to fill the gaps as federal support for universal free meals soon ends.... Read more»

'A cliff effect': As federal benefits drop, food insecurity may once again rise

As cases of COVID-19 rise in many parts of the country, the federal government has not promised any further extension of heightened benefits and an expanded food safety net, leaving those who have received emergency aid in a state of uncertainty.... Read more»

Biden administration announces 25% increase to food program

The Biden administration today announced a 25% increase in food stamp benefits, the largest jump in the history of the program which will increase the average monthly benefits under the program now known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to $157.... Read more»

Child tax credit, not charter schools, was reform we needed to help kids succeed

The expansion of the child tax credit would reduce child poverty by 45 percent overall, and by 52 percent for Black children, 45 percent for Hispanic children and nearly 62 percent for Native American children, actions that will boost families and address poverty issues head-on.... Read more»

Waste not? Some states are sending less food to landfills

At least eight states, all in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic except California, have laws requiring some reprocessing of food waste, to keep it out of landfills and cut down on greenhouse gases, and this year, state lawmakers have introduced at least 52 bills in 18 states involving food waste management.... Read more»

Southern Arizona neighborhoods join Little Free Pantry movement to fight hunger

In Oracle, metal lockers have been converted into little pantries that serve one big purpose: to fight food insecurity in the unincorporated community of about 4,000 north of Tucson. Community members launched the project in September as a part of the Little Free Pantry movement, one of several efforts worldwide in which people donate food and goods and house them in a neighborhood space to be used by anyone who needs help.... Read more»

Food insecurity is at a decade low in Arizona, report says

Nearly 15% of Arizona households were considered food insecure four years ago. But a report last year from the U.S. Department of Agriculture says that figure has dropped to 12.4%.... Read more»

Despite obesity, much of Mexico goes hungry

It may be the fattest of the world's major countries. But with 45.5 percent poverty, millions of Mexicans struggle to eat.... Read more»

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: State election laws face challenges

Arizona Education Association President Andrew Morrill, Arizona Capitol Times reporter Hank Stephenson, Tucson Weekly Editor Dan Gibson, Community Food Bank CEO Bill Carnegie, Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne, and Republican state Rep. Ethan Orr.... Read more»

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: 'Stamp out Hunger' this Saturday

Interviews with Sen. Linda Lopez, Dr. Keith Boesen of the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center, Tucson Weekly's Jim Nintzel, TUSD Boardmember Mark Stegeman, Bill Carnegie of the Community Food Bank of Arizona and Dan Turrentine of the Letter Carriers Association, plus Councilman Paul Cunningham... Read more»

Aid rushed to Mexico's hungry Tarahumara people

Aid is being rushed to the Tarahumara indigenous tribes in northern Mexico, after serious food shortages in the region prompted one official to falsely report that men and women had committed suicide out of desperation. ... Read more»

Interfaith Community Services

ICS Food Bank celebrates Halloween and new expansion

Costume-clad volunteers will celebrate Halloween and the opening of a newly renovated 2,700-square-foot food bank at Interfaith Community Services on Monday.... Read more»

Hispanic homes more likely to have hunger

One in three Hispanic households with children is never sure if it will have enough food for all members of the family, according to a recent report.... Read more»3

Az 3rd in nation for 50-59 year olds at risk for hunger

Arizona ranks third nationally for 50 to 59 year olds at risk of hunger, with roughly 12 percent of people in this age group experiencing what is known as food insecurity, according to a report released in August by AARP.... Read more»

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