hunger http://news.stlpublicradio.org en For The Kids: Volunteers In Granite City Deliver Free Sack Lunches -- And Smiles http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/kids-volunteers-granite-city-deliver-free-sack-lunches-and-smiles <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It takes just a moment to hand a child a sack lunch, but it is THE moment -- the one that matters – for the volunteers with <a href="http://www.twigsforkids.org">Twigs</a>, a program that feeds children&nbsp;from financially struggling families in the summertime in Granite City.</span></p><p>You’ll find the volunteers in their bright yellow shirts at 11 designated spots -- street corners, parks and churches -- from 11:30 to 12:30, Monday through Friday, rain or shine, starting the day after school lets out for summer vacation and until it opens again.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 04:20:47 +0000 Mary Delach Leonard 37542 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org For The Kids: Volunteers In Granite City Deliver Free Sack Lunches -- And Smiles Overdue Books? Pay Your Fine With Food http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/overdue-books-pay-your-fine-food <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The St. Louis Public Library has renewed a popular program for forgiving overdue book fines.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">All through July, adult card holders with late fines can pay with food. Every can or box brought in will knock a dollar off of their fines up to $25. The food goes to the St. Louis Area </span>Foodbank<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 17:39:03 +0000 Maria Altman 37866 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Overdue Books? Pay Your Fine With Food Hunger In Missouri: The Stark Numbers http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/hunger-missouri-stark-numbers <p>While the holidays mean an abundance of food for many of us, a rising percentage of Missourians worry about whether they’ll have enough food.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Based on 2010 data, 837,056 </span>Missourians<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> are not sure whether they will have sufficient food for the month.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Of those residents, 343,253 will likely skip meals or serve smaller portions to stretch food.</span></p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Maria Altman 31662 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Hunger In Missouri: The Stark Numbers Hunger Is On The Rise In Missouri. How Can We Reverse The Trend? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/hunger-rise-missouri-how-can-we-reverse-trend <p>According to a <a href="http://foodsecurity.missouri.edu/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Missouri-Hunger-Atlas-2013-Full-Report_UR.pdf" target="_top">report released in September</a> by the University of Missouri-Columbia, the percent of people who have inadequate access to food rose more in Missouri than in any other state in the nation from 2000 to 2010.</p><p>Approximately 1.3 million Missourians are currently classified as &quot;food insecure.&quot; About 400,000 Missourians experience hunger.</p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 21:51:15 +0000 Camille Phillips 30679 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Hunger Is On The Rise In Missouri. How Can We Reverse The Trend? World Food Day Observed In St. Louis http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/world-food-day-observed-st-louis <p>Students and workers from several schools and businesses assembled at John Burroughs School to assemble food packages for people in need in the country of Tanzania and St. Louis city today, as part of an event held by nonprofit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stlwfd.org/">St. Louis World Food Day</a>.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 20:11:22 +0000 Erin Williams 30597 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org World Food Day Observed In St. Louis Number Of Missouri Households Going Hungry On The Rise http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/number-missouri-households-going-hungry-rise <p>A report released Wednesday by the <a href="http://usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome">U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)</a> shows the number of Missouri households threatened by hunger has grown over the past three years.</p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 23:34:27 +0000 Marshall Griffin 29654 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Number Of Missouri Households Going Hungry On The Rise Settlement Houses Then And Now: Fulfilling The Needs Of Their Community http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/settlement-houses-then-and-now-fulfilling-needs-their-community <p>When settlement houses were founded in the United States in the late 19th century, the idea was for educated middle-class or upper-class individuals to settle in impoverished areas, and through their influence and resources help lift their neighbors out of poverty.</p><p>Perhaps the most famous American Settlement House was Chicago's&nbsp; Hull House, founded by Jane Addams and Ellen Gates Star in 1889.</p> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 22:31:43 +0000 Camille Phillips 28351 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Settlement Houses Then And Now: Fulfilling The Needs Of Their Community Food Insecurity Prevalent In St. Louis, Throughout The Country http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/food-insecurity-prevalent-st-louis-throughout-country <p>The number of people who do not have enough food in the United States is a serious problem.</p><p><a href="http://www.ers.usda.gov/media/884525/err141.pdf">Information from the United States Department of Agriculture</a> in 2011 shows:</p><ul><li>50.1 million people in the United States live in food insecure households</li><li>33.5 million are adults</li><li>16.7 million are children</li><li>14.9% of all U.S. households are food insecure</li></ul><p>Host Don Marsh talked with guests about the food crisis nationally as well as locally.</p><p>His guests were:</p> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 23:42:24 +0000 Alex Heuer, Mary Edwards & Don Marsh 9762 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Food Insecurity Prevalent In St. Louis, Throughout The Country Social service agency hits grim numerical milestone http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/social-service-agency-hits-grim-numerical-milestone <p>On the last Sunday in June, The Bridge &ndash; a social service agency operated out of Centenary United Methodist Church in downtown St. Louis &ndash; served its 750,000<sup>th</sup> &nbsp;meal.</p><p>Volunteers dished out just over 6,000 meals in 2006, the first year The Bridge was open. Last year, more than 171,000 people accepted a free hot meal.</p><p>St. Louis Public Radio&rsquo;s Rachel Lippmann sat down with Kathleen Wilder, the pastor at Centenary and the executive director of The Bridge, to reflect on what it means that so many people are in need.</p> Fri, 06 Jul 2012 11:39:40 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 4065 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Social service agency hits grim numerical milestone Hunger doesn't take a holiday http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/hunger-doesnt-take-holiday <p>&nbsp;</p><p>As many Missourians wrap up a weekend marked by celebration and plenty, somewhere near 16% of the state's population struggles with food insecurity.</p><p> Mon, 27 Dec 2010 22:38:39 +0000 Libby Franklin 196 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Hunger doesn't take a holiday