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This policy brief examines the rapid income gains made among wealthy New Yorkers and stagnant incomes among the poor that have caused income inequality in New York City to become more extreme than in the nation as a whole, New York State and several other major cities. The authors find that gains have been so concentrated at the top of the income scale that the richest 5 percent of New York families now receive nearly 25 percent of total income, more than the bottom 60 percent combined. The brief also provides specific recommendations to address these issues.
This publication is the first in a series of Children's HealthWatch Policy Action Briefs, which will provide a summary of our research, as well as that of others, on issues affecting children's health and well-being. This brief finds that more children are at risk for health and developmental problems due to lack of food than were previously thought. These children and their families are classified as a
This report presents a preliminary analysis of the cost of operating Britain's Employment Retention and Advancement (ERA) demonstration, which is being evaluated though a large-scale randomised control trial. This assessment of costs will become an important element of the full cost-benefit analysis to be presented in future ERA reports. Aimed at helping low-income individuals sustain employment and progress in work, ERA is distinguished by a combination of job coaching and financial incentives that it offers to participants once they are working. The ERA demonstration project began operations in late 2003 as a pilot programme administered by Jobcentre Plus in six regions of the country.
Hunger Solutions Minnesota;
Hunger Solutions Minnesota releases their first volume of a newly developed quarterly report. "Keeping Food on the Table", is a quarterly review of the state of hunger in Minnesota. This first issue is a 2008 review. The review looks at food shelf usage, food stamps, federal commodities, suburban hunger and other factors contributing to the rising issue of hunger in Minnesota.
Feeding America (formerly America's Second Harvest);
Chapter 8.2 presents data on whether Feeding America clients or anyone in their household had various kinds of health insurance. Clients also indicated whether they had unpaid medical or hospital bills and whether they had been refused medical care during the previous 12 months.
20.9% of the pantry, 33.3% of the kitchen, and 50.6% of the shelter clients or their households are without health insurance.46.5% of the clients have unpaid medical or hospital bills.Clients refused care included over 1.2 million pantry clients and over 0.1 million kitchen clients.We find that among client households without health insurance, 82.3% had income at or below 130% of the federal poverty level in 2008, compared with 84.6% of the clients with health insurance had income at or below that level. (Excerpted from Hunger in America 2010.)
Feeding America (formerly America's Second Harvest);
Chapter 8 presents data on the health of clients themselves and other household members, including their health status and whether they have health insurance and access to medical care.
Overall, 15.6% of the clients at all program sites are in poor health, and 29.5% of the client households have one or more members in poor health.20.9% of the pantry, 33.3% of the kitchen, and 50.6% of the shelter clients or their households are without health insurance.46.5% of the clients have unpaid medical or hospital bills.43.7% of all adult clients participate in the State Medical Assistance Program or Medicaid. (Excerpted from Hunger in America 2010.)
Center for American Progress;
Estimates the recession's impact on food insecurity and the national and state-by-state cost of hunger from hunger-induced illnesses, including depression; poor educational outcomes and reduced lifetime earnings, and private charity to help feed families.
Examines the extent of domestic hunger and estimates the cost burden of food insecurity to the nation, including the costs of charity to help feed families, mental health and physical illnesses, and impaired educational outcomes and economic productivity.
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation;
Calls on journalism programs to become "anchor institutions" in the digitally networked age by pursuing a broader, community-oriented mission, testing new journalism models, exploring how journalistic ecosystems evolve, and shaping policymaking processes.
The needs of our bookend generations are acute. Nearly a fifth of our country's children (almost 16.7 million) live in households where they lack consistent access to enough nutritious food for a healthy life. About 4.5 million (one in 12) adults age 60 and older are now at risk of hunger or food insecure. Using an expanded measure, nearly 8.3 million (one in seven) older adults are, at times, anxious about whether they will have enough to eat. These disturbing trends cannot be ignored in today's America.
Adequate nutrition helps children and youth concentrate in class, improves their memory and overall behavior, and leads to better health and fewer visits to the doctor. For older adults, access to good nutrition also improves memory, helps maintain healthy physical activity, and reduces the number of trips to the doctor. The benefits of good nutrition are clear. How can we ensure the most vulnerable among us are well nourished?
In thousands of communities, houses of worship, food pantries, soup kitchens and emergency shelters play key roles in providing food assistance to needy children, youth, older adults and families. They bring people of all ages together to help their neighbors during times of hardship and alleviate a painful source of anxiety: where the next meal is coming from. And, of course, a function of the federal government is to address hunger.
Unfortunately, the U.S. economy is in dire financial straits. The prospects of revenue increases and budget cuts threaten the economic stability of nutrition assistance programs and other critical social services. While Americans hope for serious and thoughtful nonpartisan deliberations on how to solve our fiscal problems, many of us fear the economy will not improve any time soon. Meanwhile, millions of vulnerable people depend on strong federal nutrition programs to put food on the table and help make ends meet.
To find out how Americans think we are doing to meet the nutritional needs of our younger and older family members, Generations United commissioned a nationwide survey conducted by Harris Interactive from September 24 to 26, 2012.
Food Bank for New York City;
In Hurricane Sandy's wake, entire communities were left underwater, without heat or electricity, and residents were displaced from their homes. Throughout the five boroughs and across the nation, clothing and food drives were organized, donations started pouring in to relief organizations, and the city's disaster response mechanisms sprang into action. New York City's network of emergency food organizations -- the hundreds of food pantries and soup kitchens across the five boroughs -- quickly became a key component of this disaster response, putting their critical assets to work: facilities at which to prepare hot meals; a dedicated staff and volunteer base to handle incoming shipments of food, water and supplies; and mobile food pantries to venture into hard-hit communities and fill gaps in service.
This network was in place prior to the storm, to meet the needs of an estimated 1.4 million New Yorkers who find themselves with no place else to turn for a meal, except a food pantry or soup kitchen in our network. The Great Recession thrust hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers into financial instability, raising poverty levels, sending unemployment rates skyrocketing, and forcing many to seek food assistance for the first time. Understanding that such financial upheaval would result in a swell of need, support from public and private sources increased as well. But these resources were soon exhausted, and as the economy transitioned from recession to a slow and stagnant recovery, support from public and private sources diminished.
As a result of these opposing pressures, the strain on New York City food pantries and soup kitchens has grown. Nearly all food pantries and soup kitchens in Food Bank For New York City's emergency food network have had to contend with losses in key sources of emergency food and non-food resources in recent years, despite the fact that food poverty has increased. Yet, these agencies were an immediate and key component of the disaster response when Hurricane Sandy hit. They utilized all their assets, no matter how few, to provide food to New Yorkers in crisis.
This report examines the state of food pantries and soup kitchens in the Food Bank's network now, nearly five years after the start of the Great Recession and more than three years after the start of the recovery. Survey results from the food pantries and soup kitchens in Food Bank For New York City paint a picture of a squeezed and shrunken safety net -- one that must be addressed to ensure that these crucial emergency food organizations can continue to provide much-needed food and services to the more than one million vulnerable New Yorkers who rely on them every day.