poverty http://kuow.org en Food Pantries On The Rise To Help 'Starving Students' http://kuow.org/post/food-pantries-rise-help-starving-students <p>The expression “starving students” is not just a cliché. It’s real.</p><p>Researchers call this situation “food insecurity,” and it’s a concern that affects schools across the country, including many in the Pacific Northwest. A recent study in the <a href="http://www.jneb.org/article/S1499-4046%2813%2900707-0/abstract">Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior</a> found that 59 percent of students at <a href="http://ir.library.oregonstate.edu/xmlui/bitstream/handle/1957/45177/PattonLopez_JNEB_foodinsecurity_11414.pdf?sequence=1">Western Oregon University </a>were going hungry.</p><p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:17:49 +0000 Ruby de Luna 32419 at http://kuow.org Food Pantries On The Rise To Help 'Starving Students' 'Grapes Of Wrath' Is 75, But Its Depictions Of Poverty Are Timeless http://kuow.org/post/grapes-wrath-75-its-depictions-poverty-are-timeless Much has been said and written about the Dust Bowl, but if you want to get a visceral feel for how it all began and the way it affected the people who experienced it, you need go no further than the opening pages of John Steinbeck's <em>The Grapes of Wrath</em>:<p><blockquote><p>Men stood by their fences and looked at the ruined corn, drying fast now, only a little green showing through the film of dust. The men were silent and they did not move often. And the women came out of the houses to stand beside their men — to feel whether this time the men would break. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:24:42 +0000 Lynn Neary 32491 at http://kuow.org 'Grapes Of Wrath' Is 75, But Its Depictions Of Poverty Are Timeless Juggling Work And Motherhood On A Shoestring Budget http://kuow.org/post/juggling-work-and-motherhood-shoestring-budget <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRQa7dOa4sU</p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 15:45:43 +0000 NPR Staff 30446 at http://kuow.org Juggling Work And Motherhood On A Shoestring Budget 'Breakfast After The Bell' Program Ensures Morning Meal For All Students http://kuow.org/post/breakfast-after-bell-program-ensures-morning-meal-all-students <p></p><p>When you were a kid, your mom probably insisted you eat breakfast before school.</p><p>Studies show she was right; students who eat breakfast do better academically. Still, many kids go without – especially those living in poverty. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 20:38:31 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 29408 at http://kuow.org 'Breakfast After The Bell' Program Ensures Morning Meal For All Students Social Supermarkets A 'Win-Win-Win' For Europe's Poor http://kuow.org/post/social-supermarkets-win-win-win-europes-poor Somewhere between a food pantry and a traditional grocery store lies an opportunity to help feed those in need.<p>Enter "social supermarkets," a European model that offers discounted food exclusively to those in poverty. The stores have grown in popularity across the continent, and this week, the U.K. opened its first. Dubbed <a href="http://community-shop.co.uk/" target="_blank">Community Shop</a>, the store is located in an impoverished former mining town in South Yorkshire.<p>Part discount grocer, part social service agency, the supermarkets are for members only. Thu, 12 Dec 2013 20:26:00 +0000 editor 25382 at http://kuow.org Social Supermarkets A 'Win-Win-Win' For Europe's Poor Washington Welfare Rolls Hit Record Low http://kuow.org/post/washington-welfare-rolls-hit-record-low <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/11/111913AJ_WelfareRolls_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The number of families on cash assistance in Washington has hit an all-time low. This follows a spike in welfare enrollment less than three years ago.<p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 16:31:55 +0000 Austin Jenkins 24160 at http://kuow.org How Many Americans Live In Poverty? http://kuow.org/post/how-many-americans-live-poverty As <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2013/08/27/214822459/a-college-kid-a-single-mom-and-the-problem-with-the-poverty-line" target="_blank">we reported</a> earlier this year, there are some big problems with the way poverty is measured in this country. Wed, 06 Nov 2013 21:10:59 +0000 Pam Fessler 23378 at http://kuow.org How Many Americans Live In Poverty? 40 Years To Combat Hunger http://kuow.org/post/40-years-combat-hunger <p>Ross Reynolds talks with Howard G. Buffet, son of financier Warren Buffet, who has recently published a book titled "40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World," which is about his quest to help those who lack food security all over the world under a tough, self-imposed deadline: 40 years. Mon, 04 Nov 2013 23:32:34 +0000 Ross Reynolds & Jason Pagano 23256 at http://kuow.org 40 Years To Combat Hunger Reductions To SNAP Puts Pressure On Food Banks http://kuow.org/post/reductions-snap-puts-pressure-food-banks <p>Steve Scher talks with Jeannie Falls, executive director of <a href="http://www.pikemarketseniorcenter.org/pike-market-food-bank">Pike Market Senior Center and Food Bank,</a> about how SNAP reductions will affect food bank operations. Fri, 01 Nov 2013 21:01:50 +0000 Steve Scher & Hannah Burn 23109 at http://kuow.org Reductions To SNAP Puts Pressure On Food Banks Food Stamp Benefits Shrink As Congress Debates Further Cuts http://kuow.org/post/food-stamp-benefits-shrink-congress-debates-further-cuts <p>In Washington state, food stamp recipients are being notified that their benefits will be reduced in November. Federal stimulus funding has provided a boost to benefits since 2009, but that funding just expired. Fri, 01 Nov 2013 17:27:02 +0000 Amy Radil 23063 at http://kuow.org Food Stamp Benefits Shrink As Congress Debates Further Cuts "Statistically Insignificant" Wage And Poverty Numbers Tell A Larger Story http://kuow.org/post/statistically-insignificant-wage-and-poverty-numbers-tell-larger-story <p>The US Census Bureau <a href="http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/income_wealth/cb13-165.html">released numbers this week </a>looking at poverty rates and wages across the US in 2012. <a href="http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/american_community_survey_acs/cb13-r86.html">Our local numbers</a> reflect what’s happening around the country: the number of people living in poverty has stagnated and wages have stayed about the same.</p><p>At first glance, this may seem like good news, or even non-news. But the census numbers reveal a larger picture of what’s happening in the wake of the recession: that people in low and middle income brackets aren’t really experiencing a recovery.</p><p>Jennifer Romich is the director of the <a href="http://depts.washington.edu/wcpc/">West Coast Poverty Center</a> and an associate professor at the <a href="http://socialwork.uw.edu/">UW School of Social Work</a>. She told KUOW's Marcie Sillman the "statistically insignificant" numbers from the Census Bureau paint a concerning picture of many people that are unable to get ahead financially. Thu, 19 Sep 2013 21:04:37 +0000 Marcie Sillman 20646 at http://kuow.org "Statistically Insignificant" Wage And Poverty Numbers Tell A Larger Story A College Kid, A Single Mom, And The Problem With The Poverty Line http://kuow.org/post/college-kid-single-mom-and-problem-poverty-line <strong>The College Kid</strong><p>Rico Saccoccio is a junior at Fordham University in the Bronx. He's from a middle-class family in Connecticut and he spent the summer living at home with his parents, who cover about $15,000 a year in his college costs.<p>According to the U.S. government, Saccoccio is living in poverty. The $8,000 he earns doing odd jobs puts him well below the $11,945 poverty threshold for an individual. In fact, the U.S. Tue, 27 Aug 2013 04:16:00 +0000 Pam Fessler 19234 at http://kuow.org A College Kid, A Single Mom, And The Problem With The Poverty Line Wash. Supreme Court Rejects Legal Fees, Hurdles For Poor http://kuow.org/post/wash-supreme-court-rejects-legal-fees-hurdles-poor <p>Washington’s judicial system abolished court fees for poor people in 2010, but county courts sought ways around the rule. Now<a href="http://www.courts.wa.gov/index.cfm?fa=controller.managefiles&amp;filePath=Opinions&amp;fileName=870098.pdf"> in a unanimous decision</a>, the Washington State Supreme Court has reaffirmed that if someone qualifies as indigent, courts need to give them access for free.</p><p> Fri, 24 May 2013 05:41:52 +0000 Amy Radil 13650 at http://kuow.org Wash. Supreme Court Rejects Legal Fees, Hurdles For Poor Economic Wisdom The Developing World Can Teach The Developed World http://kuow.org/post/economic-wisdom-developing-world-can-teach-developed-world <div>A handful of third-world countries have turned themselves around from numerous hardships in the past 30 years: China rose from seemingly hopeless poverty, Mexico bounced back from the Third World Debt Crisis, Brazil overcame hyperinflation.&nbsp;</div><div> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 03:00:00 +0000 Rachel Solomon 10944 at http://kuow.org Economic Wisdom The Developing World Can Teach The Developed World Sequestration Suspends King County Housing Vouchers http://kuow.org/post/sequestration-suspends-king-county-housing-vouchers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The King County Housing Authority has <a href="http://www.kcha.org/news/releases/release.aspx?ReleaseID=68">stopped issuing</a> new </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Section 8 vouchers</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The program is federally subsidized through the Department of Housing and Urban Development.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The move is a result of the impending reduction in those funds due to sequestration.</span></p><p> Sat, 02 Mar 2013 00:05:56 +0000 Patricia Murphy 9074 at http://kuow.org