In this issue

In the news: Food insecurity and child hunger

Links to USDA food desert locator and relevant articles on food scarcity at the national level
  • USDA food desert locator: do you live near a food desert?
    Part of the First Lady's Let's Move! initiative, the proposed Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) will expand the availability of nutritious food to food deserts — low-income communities without ready access to healthy and affordable food — by developing and equipping grocery stores, small retailers, corner stores, and farmers markets with fresh and healthy food. The HFFI is a partnership between the Treasury Department, Health and Human Services, and the Agriculture Department (USDA). An interagency working group from the three departments, along with staff from the Economic Research Service (ERS/USDA), developed a definition of food deserts to be used with other data to determine eligibility for Federal funds.

  • CNN’s report focus on hunger and hope
    CNN-sponsored reports on food insecurity, Americans living on food stamps and other charitable assistance, child malnutrition, school-provided meals, and the role of celebrity in counteracting hunger.
    CNN series on food deserts
    CNN series on hunger

  • "Hunger hits home”
    Food Network-produced documentary takes a first-hand look at the crisis of childhood hunger in America through the eyes of the parents, children, anti-hunger activists, educators and politicians.

  • Eating well.com: Healthy eating on a budget
    Most Americans are looking for ways to lower their grocery bill, so Eating Well.com asked Adam Drewnowski, PhD, director of the Nutritional Sciences Program at the University of Washington School of Public Health and Community Medicine, to describe what foods he thinks are affordable and nutritious. “Go back to the basics,” he recommends. “The things that we’ve always known but forgot as we were chasing after the latest baby vegetable or exotic fruit.” Here are six nutritious money savers to toss in your shopping cart.

  • Second Annual ‘Food Day’ (PDF, 69KB)
    Food movement leaders are gearing up for the second annual Food Day, the nationwide celebration of healthy, affordable and sustainably produced food. More than 2,300 events in all 50 states took place on the first Food Day, and organizers intend for Food Day 2012 to represent an even bigger grassroots campaign for improved food policies. Food Day brings together organizations and individuals working on food issues as varied as hunger, nutrition, agriculture policy, animal welfare and farmworker justice. Food Day is October 24 every year.