Entries by CHW Staff

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New Reports Link Hunger, Structural Racism, and Discrimination

Originally published on Nonprofit Quarterly. According to Hunger Free America’s 2018 United States Hunger Atlas, one in eight Americans, representing 12.3 percent of the population, are food insecure, meaning they are unable to afford a consistent supply of food throughout the year. While this is startling enough, when looking at racial and ethnic disparities, the story is […]

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Drexel research links racism and hunger

Originally posted on WHYY. New research out of Drexel University finds that racism can be a catalyst for food insecurity. Released Monday by the school’s Center for Hunger-Free Communities, the report shows that people who experienced discrimination firsthand struggled with hunger twice as often as others. When – or where – that discrimination occurred didn’t matter. However, […]

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From Children’s HealthWatch: From Disparities to Discrimination

Racism and discrimination are root causes of poverty and inequity in the U.S. New research from Children’s HealthWatch, From Disparities to Discrimination: Getting to the Roots of Food Insecurity in America, adds to a growing body of research on the impact of racism by examining the link between experiences of discrimination and food insecurity. Children’s […]

Commentary: What if you had to feel hunger pangs?

Originally published by the Chicago Tribune. On a frigid morning earlier this month on the South Side, people of every race and age lined up out the front door of the Greater Lawn Public Health Center for two hours to receive bags of sweet potatoes, celery, squash and more. Many were Latina mothers with young […]

Families with immigrant members report doing without food stamps in Philadelphia

Originally published on WHYY. Ever since the Trump administration took a tougher stand on immigration policies, service providers report immigrants are avoiding school visits, doctor offices and government programs. New survey data from Children’s Health Watch adds numbers and heft to those anecdotes, in the case of one point of contact — the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, formerly known […]