Food Insecurity

Hunger Gains: Budget Cuts Imperil Nutritious Food Aid

Apr 17, 2017
Mary Meehan | Ohio Valley ReSource

At a moment when food aid agencies are working to provide healthier food to the poor and the elderly, President Donald Trump has proposed a 21 percent cut in funding for the agriculture programs that support them. It’s a move that advocates say is bad for people who need food and local farmers who provide it. Mary Meehan of the Ohio Valley ReSource reports.

Update: New survey results out today show that the rates of hungry and homeless students at community colleges across the country are higher than previously thought.

The results, published by researchers at the University of Wisconsin, show that one third of community college students go hungry and 14 percent are homeless.

Those rates are up from 2015, when the same research team surveyed 4,000 community college students in 10 states, and found one fifth were without adequate nutrition. Thirteen percent were homeless.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

September is Hunger Action Month. The United Way of Murray-Calloway County and WoodmenLife are partnering for a Hunger Banquet on September 27 to raise awareness of food insecurity in Calloway and collect donations to benefit Needline and Soup for the Soul. WoodmenLife’s Angie Hatton and United Way director Gerald Washington talk about the event with Austin Carter on Sounds Good.