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Free lunch may not be enough to aid hunger as pandemic impacts food security in US 09/15/2020

Free lunch may not be enough to aid hunger as pandemic impacts food security in US How back-to-school during the pandemic has highlighted food disparities, access issues and more as the USDA extends free lunch.

09/11/2020

1 in 10 Americans are struggling to afford enough food amid the pandemic

America at Hunger’s Edge 09/06/2020

America at Hunger’s Edge We spent months photographing dozens of families across the country to understand what food insecurity looks like today.

The Service Economy Meltdown 09/05/2020

The Service Economy Meltdown As companies reconsider their long-term need to have employees on site, low-wage workers depending on office-based businesses stand to lose the most.

Minivans at the Food Pantry: Meet America’s New Needy 09/04/2020

Minivans at the Food Pantry: Meet America’s New Needy The economic strain of the coronavirus pandemic has more Americans turning to food banks and charity for help feeding their families.

‘Coming here is a necessity’: demand for food aid soars in US amid job losses 08/26/2020

‘Coming here is a necessity’: demand for food aid soars in US amid job losses Nationwide the need for aid at food banks and pantries has surged amid worst unemployment rate in modern times

Debt, eviction and hunger: Millions fall back into crisis as stimulus and safety nets vanish 08/24/2020

Debt, eviction and hunger: Millions fall back into crisis as stimulus and safety nets vanish Fresh produce provides essential nutrients to Greater Boston’s most vulnerable populations during the pandemic. More than 1,000 bags of groceries are packed and delivered every day from the YMCA of Greater Boston’s Hunger Prevention prep site. (Maria Venegas)By Hannah Denham and Hannah DenhamBus...

Expanding the Supply of Affordable Housing for Low-Wage Workers - Center for American Progress 08/10/2020

Expanding the Supply of Affordable Housing for Low-Wage Workers - Center for American Progress Policymakers must focus on improving the jobs-housing fit—or connecting jobs with affordable housing—which is essential for working families and for the economy.

Slashing the safety net slashes opportunity 08/06/2020

Slashing the safety net slashes opportunity The debate about the safety net turns mostly on politics and not science. But we must listen to the evidence, or millions of Americans will needlessly suffer.

Community Action agency providing thermometers to Title One schools 08/06/2020

Community Action agency providing thermometers to Title One schools FLORENCE — Community Action Northwest Alabama is helping schools stay safe by providing thermometers for their required daily temperature checks.

Opinion | Renters and experts brace for an ‘unprecedented’ eviction wave as federal relief stalls 08/05/2020

Opinion | Renters and experts brace for an ‘unprecedented’ eviction wave as federal relief stalls Without federal intervention, housing experts and advocates warn of an unprecedented wave of evictions in the coming months.

Rural Students Are Less Likely to Go to College. Will the Pandemic Make Things Even Tougher? - Daily Yonder 08/03/2020

Rural Students Are Less Likely to Go to College. Will the Pandemic Make Things Even Tougher? - Daily Yonder Shelby Acton graduated this spring from high school in Somerset, Kentucky, and plans to attend Eastern Kentucky University in the fall. It wasn’t a simple

How U.S. Poverty Could Spike in the Last Half of the Year 07/30/2020

How U.S. Poverty Could Spike in the Last Half of the Year Without a new stimulus and extended unemployment and SNAP benefits, millions of Americans will fall into poverty in 2020, an Urban Institute study finds.

Why Hunger Can Grow Even When Poverty Doesn’t 07/28/2020

Why Hunger Can Grow Even When Poverty Doesn’t The two issues are linked, but during the coronavirus pandemic the relationship is not always simple.

As the Federal Eviction Moratorium Expires, Millions of Americans Face Disaster 07/26/2020

As the Federal Eviction Moratorium Expires, Millions of Americans Face Disaster Millions of Americans are at risk of getting kicked out of their homes as eviction protections expire and unemployment benefits drop.

Alabama has among nation’s lowest rent, survey says 07/15/2020

Alabama has among nation’s lowest rent, survey says A new report says full-time minimum wage workers cannot afford a two-bedroom rental anywhere in the U.S. and cannot afford a one-bedroom rental in 95 percent of U.S. counties.

Community Action Agency of Northeast Alabama provides financial assistance to those most impacted by COVID-19 07/07/2020

Community Action Agency of Northeast Alabama provides financial assistance to those most impacted by COVID-19 CAANEAL is best known for its utility assistance, but it also helps with rent and food assistance for those who qualify.

Poverty rates: Some of poorest towns in the country are found across the southern US 07/03/2020

Poverty rates: Some of poorest towns in the country are found across the southern US The poorest towns in each state typically have median household income tens of thousands below the rest of the state.

Virus Threat Grows in U.S. Where Millions Lost Health Coverage 07/02/2020

Virus Threat Grows in U.S. Where Millions Lost Health Coverage As a second coronavirus wave threatens America, millions are stranded without health insurance after losing their jobs when the disease first hit.

Incarceration and Poverty in the United States - AAF 07/01/2020

Incarceration and Poverty in the United States - AAF Without reducing poverty—and more specifically, income inequality—as well as racial bias and rolling back harsh sentences for certain crimes, the United States will not meaningfully reduce its prison population.

1 in 4 Americans are skipping meals or relying on food donations during the coronavirus pandemic 06/05/2020

1 in 4 Americans are skipping meals or relying on food donations during the coronavirus pandemic Since February, 26% of Americans report they or a member of their household have gone without meals or relied on charities or government programs to obtain groceries. Here's a look at why that may be happening and the resources available for those in need.

Half the income, a tenth of a typical U.S. family networth — why African-Americans feel powerless 06/04/2020

Half the income, a tenth of a typical U.S. family networth — why African-Americans feel powerless African-American households are still disproportionately reliant on low-wage labour, and under-represented in business and equity ownership

'One paycheck away' from homelessness: housing inequality fuels U.S. protests 06/04/2020

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-protests-housing/one-paycheck-away-from-homelessness-housing-inequality-fuels-us-protests-idUSKBN23A2UM

'One paycheck away' from homelessness: housing inequality fuels U.S. protests WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Activist Winsome Pendergrass has an explanation for why the coronavirus is disproportionately affecting African Americans and fuelling the anger that has exploded onto U.S. streets - housing.

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As 100,000 die, the virus lays bare America's brutal fault lines – race, gender, poverty and broken politics 05/28/2020

As 100,000 die, the virus lays bare America's brutal fault lines – race, gender, poverty and broken politics The US’s brutal fault lines – of race, partisanship, gender, poverty and misinformation – rendered it ill-prepared to meet the challenges of Covid-19

Now Is the Time to Improve SNAP for Food Insecure Families 05/15/2020

Now Is the Time to Improve SNAP for Food Insecure Families In a moment of crisis for food insecure families, we must expand and make more flexible this essential safety net to ensure low-income individuals can access fresh, healthy food safely.

Analysis | The coronavirus economy is exposing how easy it is to fall from the middle class into poverty 05/09/2020

Analysis | The coronavirus economy is exposing how easy it is to fall from the middle class into poverty As the unemployment rate skyrockets and over 20 million are out of work, some are slipping through the giant holes in the U.S. safety net.

Opinion | The Great American Divide 04/21/2020

The Great American Divide: The coronavirus crisis has underscored our enduring inequalities in race, wealth and health.

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Opinion | The Great American Divide The coronavirus crisis has underscored our enduring inequalities in race, wealth and health.

A Gloomy Prediction on How Much Poverty Could Rise 04/17/2020

A Gloomy Prediction on How Much Poverty Could Rise Researchers suggest the poverty rate may reach the highest levels in half a century, hitting African-Americans and children hardest.

Deputies answer call to deliver Meals on Wheels 04/15/2020

Deputies answer call to deliver Meals on Wheels When Community Action of Northwest Alabama needed volunteers for delivering Meals on Wheels, area deputies answered the call.

04/08/2020

Member Spotlight: The Community Action Northwest Alabama serves the Franklin, Colbert and Lauderdale communities through housing, parenting, GED, Meals on Wheels programs and more.

Thank you for serving with compassion and for in Alabama.

Opinion | The next threat: hunger in America 04/03/2020

Opinion | The next threat: hunger in America As demand at food banks has surged, donations from local grocers and supermarkets have plummeted.

‘Never Thought I Would Need It’: Americans Put Pride Aside to Seek Aid 04/01/2020

‘Never Thought I Would Need It’: Americans Put Pride Aside to Seek Aid With coronavirus-related job losses, many workers are reluctantly seeking charity and unemployment benefits for the first time in their lives.

It Shouldn’t Take A Pandemic For Us To Care About Working People And The Poor 03/31/2020

It Shouldn’t Take A Pandemic For Us To Care About Working People And The Poor We’ve become so accustomed to having these people work to make our lives easier that we rarely talk about them.

Layoffs and Food Lines: How the Pandemic Slams the Poorest U.S. Workers 03/26/2020

Layoffs and Food Lines: How the Pandemic Slams the Poorest U.S. Workers Alberto Mendoza figures he can make it a couple of weeks on unemployment benefits before starting to decide which bills won't get paid. The 26-year-old father of three lost his job training cooks when all the local restaurants started closing their doors and laying off staff.

JCCEO closes after employee tests positive for COVID-19 03/22/2020

JCCEO in Birmingham suspends operations after staff member tests positive for COVID-19.

JCCEO closes after employee tests positive for COVID-19 An official for the Jefferson County Committee for Economic Opportunity (JCCEO) says an employee at the Festival Head Start Center has tested positive for COVID-19.

As layoffs skyrocket, the holes in America’s safety net are becoming apparent 03/20/2020

As layoffs skyrocket, the holes in America’s safety net are becoming apparent The coronavirus has hit restaurants, hotel and gig workers hard, and many of these workers are finding out they don’t even qualify for unemployment insurance.

Volunteers needed for Meals on Wheels 03/19/2020

Volunteers needed for Meals on Wheels Meals on Wheels & More, a program that delivers about 300 hot meals each weekday to the elderly and homebound in Morgan County, issued a call for volunteers.

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