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Monday, November 23, 2015

NATIONAL HUNGER COMMISSION REPORTS TO CONGRESS



The chairpersons of the National Commission on Hunger updated Congress this week on its efforts. They reported that 5.6% of American households (6.9 million households) reported hunger in 2014. They defined hunger as the disruption of eating patterns and reduced food intake for at least one household member because the household lacked money or other resources for food. Hunger, they found, has many causes: low household income, insufficient nutrition assistance, underemployment and unemployment, single-parent families, racism, and personal decisions. The chairpersons stressed that the commission is still working on its recommendations, but they contended that solutions must focus on root causes. Reforms, they said, must speak to the following themes: work, nutrition and well-being, experimentation, and executive leadership. Their recommendations for SNAP will be designed to help benefit recipients find work; improve work incentives; promote evaluation of states’ work assistance programs; and endorse evidence-based strategies to encourage good nutrition, promote health, and help recipients make positive choices for their families.


Source: National Commission on Hunger, 11/18/15, Hunger Testimony