"The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the
abundance of those who have much. It's whether we
provide enough for those who have too little."
- Franklin Delano Roosevelt
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Updated April 17, 2014
- In the News: Systemic hunger, right here in the North Country - In the North Country, there is an ongoing conversation about poverty, health, and hunger. Over the last five years, 40 percent more people living in St. Lawrence County have signed up for SNAP benefits, or food stamps. Nationwide, one in six Americans doesn't know where the next meal is coming from.
- In the News: Walmart Worker: Why Did the Waltons Get $8 Billion in Subsidies While I Had to Pay Taxes? - Walmart workers deliver a message about spreading the wealth.
- In the News: Hunger grows among college students - A problem known as "food insecurity" - a lack of nutritional food - is not typically associated with U.S. college students. But it is increasingly on the radar of administrators, who report seeing more hungry students, especially at schools that enroll a high percentage of youths who are from low-income families or are the first generation to attend college.
- In the News: Survey: Nearly 40 Percent Of Americans Can't Come Up With $2,000 For Emergency - Nearly 40 percent of survey participants answered that they weren't "confident" about coming up with $2,000 if an unexpected need arose within the next month. The survey also found that almost 60 percent of individuals in the country did not have three months of emergency funds that they could access to cover an emergency.
- In the News: Students to Repay Loans Into Our 50s? - A generation is saddled with the idea that adult life starts in debt, giving rise to an apathy about the politics that make it so. Students currently at university will be repaying their government loans well into their 40s and 50s comes as no surprise.
- In the News: Poverty-related Challenges Sap Instructional Time in High Schools - Poverty-related challenges steal time from high school class periods, leading students at low-income schools to receive an average of half an hour less instruction per day than their higher-income peers.
- In the News: NC colleges and universities add student food pantries - The cost of higher education jumped nearly 540 percent from 1985 to last year, compared with an increase of 286 percent for medical costs and 121 percent of inflation in the Consumer Price Index over the same period, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. It's also true, said several people involved with the pantries, that there had long been problems with hunger on campus, even before the recession, but awareness about it has grown.
- In the News: Food Stamps Don't Keep Walmart's Prices Low, They Keep Its Profits High - The same company that brings in the most food stamp dollars in revenue has the most employees using food stamps. A study released last year by staff of the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce found that a single 300-employee Walmart Supercenter may cost taxpayers anywhere from $904,542 to nearly $1.75 million per year.
- In the News: Could You Get By on a Low-Wage Job? - Nearly a third of all working families in the U.S. struggle to pay for their basic necessities every month. For Americans working in jobs that don't require a college degree-minimum-wage workers at McDonald's, sales associates at Walmart, those working multiple part-time jobs in retail-the struggle is more pronounced. In this interactive, developed by Marketplace's Wealth & Poverty Desk, you can see for yourself how difficult it is to make ends meet in a low-wage job.
- April 7: GardenShare will host the Cinema 10 film series of "A Place at the Table" at 7:15 p.m. at the Roxy Theatre. The film is a commentary on hunger in the U.S. Tickets are $4.50 for adults and $3.50 for seniors and students. The film will be followed by a discussion on local hunger and food security issues.
- In the News: The Secret Life of a Food Stamp - The biggest winners of the SNAP economy are the ones the government won't tell you about. In order to be authorized by the government to participate in SNAP, a store must meet certain standards and fulfill certain responsibilities. It must keep a specific amount and variety of food in stock. It must work with the federal government to monitor fraud. It must not discriminate against customers who use EBT, or force them to use certain lines. But nowhere does the government require that for a store to be part of the food stamp program, it must pay its workers enough that they don't need to use food stamps themselves.
The United States Is Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading to the Poor, U.N. Report Charges - The UN Human Rights Committee says the U.S. should stop criminalizing homeless people for being homeless.
- In the News: Desiree's story: Your questions answered on student homelessness - It was seen by tens of thousands of people and generated a lot of questions about homelessness in the region. Sarah Harris and Martha Foley answered some of those questions in a conversation this morning. A list of resources is included.
- In the News: Sixteen and homeless, in Parishville woods - When you think of being homeless, you think of living in shelters and on the street. You imagine a city. But homelessness happens here in the North Country, too. And it happens to children.
- In the News: Sixteen and homeless, pt. 2: homeless no more - In the 2012-2013 school year, there were 3,218 homeless students in the greater North Country. 697 of them were in St. Lawrence County.
- In the News: Overwhelming Evidence that Half of America is In or Near Poverty - And it's much worse for black families.
- In the News: Low-Wage Workers Find Poverty Harder to Escape - Climbing out of poverty has become more daunting as the work force has been transformed by the Great Recession.
- The Changing Face of the Low-Wage Worker - Low-wage earners in 2013 tended to be older as a group than they were in 1979. They were also more likely to have high school or college educations, and more likely to be racial and ethnic minorities.
- In the News: Income Gap, Meet the Longevity Gap - “Poverty is a thief,” said Michael Reisch, a professor of social justice at the University of Maryland, testifying before a Senate panel on the issue. “Poverty not only diminishes a person’s life chances, it steals years from one’s life.”
- In the News: Food pantries on the rise at US college campuses - At Stony Brook, where the average cost for an undergraduate residential student — tuition, fees, room and board — is $19,358 a year, officials opened the food pantry last year after learning that students had started a website sharing information about campus events where free food was being offered.
- In the News: House Speaker Boehner accuses N.Y. and other states of 'cheating' food stamp rules - House Speaker John Boehner accused New York and four other states of 'cheating' and 'fraud' for sidestepping federal cuts to food stamps through what critics call a 'loophole' in the laws. But Democrats say the states had to step in to keep people from going hungry.
- In the News: Celebrating 23 Women Righting the Wrongs of Hunger and Poverty Around the World - In many countries, women are responsible for the majority of food production, but they are also more likely to suffer from hunger due to food shortages. For instance, Oxfam International data has found women perform 66 percent of the world’s work, but only earn 10 percent of the income.
- In the News: North Country food bank pilot program will restock pantries faster
- In the News: Report: Minimum Wage Hike Would Cut Food Stamp Spending by $4.6 Billion a Year - Raising the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour would reduce federal food stamp spending by $4.6 billion a year, according to a report to be released Wednesday.
- In the News: NY, Conn. up heat help in food stamp cut end-run - Connecticut and New York have found a way around federal farm bill cuts: bump up home heating assistance a few million bucks in return for preserving more than a half-billion dollars in food stamp benefits.
- In the News: How Govt. Hides the Poor: Formula for Measuring Poverty Dates to When a Loaf of Bread Cost 22 Cents - To determine who is officially poor in America, the federal government compares a family’s annual cash income to a figure produced by an arcane formula that's based on the price of food in 1963, when a loaf of bread was 22 cents and a burger less than a quarter.
- In the News: Cuomo: We’ll use heating funds to shore up food stamps - With the latest federal farm bill reaping a cut in food stamp, or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP) money to the states, Gov. Andrew Cuomo says they’ll tap some heating assistance funds, dedicated to those whose heating bills are included in the rent, to shore up the food program for about 300,000 households.
- In the News: When feeling poor makes you sick: Subjective poverty massively affects older people's health - Poverty can also be a matter of subjectively feeling poor. A study of Germany and 11 other European countries shows that older people who assess themselves as poor get sick more often (38 per cent) and suffer more from health setbacks (48 per cent) than those who do not. The probability of dying earlier is also much higher -- around 40 per cent for men in this age group.
- In the News: Working Single Mothers Are Disproportionately Likely To Be Poor - While families headed by a working mom make up less than a quarter of all working families, they make up nearly 40 percent of all low-income ones. And their numbers are on the rise: the share of working families headed by a woman that are low income increased from 54 percent in 2007 to 58 percent in 2012. The share is even higher among African Americans, as 65 percent are low income.
- In the News: What If All Single Parents Received Child Support? - Amid all the 50-years-later press about LBJ's war on poverty, a deafening silence surrounds government support for single heads of household. This program, known as welfare, was ransacked in 1996 and today's single mothers are paying the price.
- In the News: Guest speaker Paul Gorski, to present “Reaching and Teaching Students in Poverty: Strategies for Erasing the Opportunity Gap.” at SLU Feb. 26 - Gorski, professor of social justice and education, will draw from decades of research to deconstruct popular myths, misconceptions, and educational practices that undercut the achievement of low-income students. His research provides specific, evidence-based strategies for teaching by creating equitable, bias-free learning environments.
- In the News: This Is Your Brain on Poverty: What Science Tells Us About Poverty - Poverty has been identified as a causal factor in lower IQ and psychiatric disorders. What can this tell us about public policy and the minimum wage?
- In the News: 5 Worst States to Be a Poor Kid - Child poverty rates have soared across the U.S. since the recession, but some states have more than their share of underprivileged kids. "Our key finding is that four years after the end of the recession, children have not seen any relief," says Caroline Fichtenberg, Director of Research at the Fund. "The recession has not ended for them."
- In the News: Study Finds Greater Income Inequality in Nation’s Thriving Cities - A new study of local income trends by the Brookings Institution, the Washington research group found that inequality is sharply higher in economically vibrant cities like New York and San Francisco than in less dynamic ones like Columbus, Ohio, and Wichita, Kansas.
- In the News: How St. Lawrence County officials hope to counteract poverty (Feb. 19. 2014)
- In the News: Military Families' Reliance On Food Stamps Hit a Record High Last Year - Military families were more reliant on food stamps in 2013 than in any previous year, according to a Department of Defense (DOD) review that found over $100 million in food stamps spending at military grocery stores last year.
- In the News: Life at Minimum Wage - Bloomberg Businessweek asked low-income workers around the United States to describe their jobs, aspirations and fears. These working Americans have the most at stake in the debate over whether to hike the federal minimum wage to $10.10.
- In the News: Child abuse rises with income inequality - As the Great Recession deepened and income inequality became more pronounced, county-by-county rates of child maltreatment -- from sexual, physical and emotional abuse to traumatic brain injuries and death -- worsened, according to a nationwide study.
- In the News: Congresswoman Spends Night In a Shelter To Learn More About Homelessness - Bay area lawmaker does ground-level research on American poverty.
- In the News: Census Overhauls Poverty and Well-Being Study - This week the U.S. Census Bureau launched an overhaul of one of its longitudinal surveys used to evaluate poverty, family well-being, and educational attainment to inform federal programs. Unlike most Census cross-sectional studies, the Survey of Income and Program Participation tracks the economic healh of families over a four-year period to provide nuanced data about how income, family relationships, health and childcare expenses, and educational attainment affect families' well-being over time.
- In the News: SUNY Canton student organization tackles poverty with weeklong awareness campaign - The campaign began Monday and was highlighted by a discussion panel Wednesday night, led by St. Lawrence County Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) member Donna Seymour.
- In the News: Single Mother Fired for Staying Home With Her Son When Schools Closed for Subzero Weather - No workers in the United States are guaranteed a paid day off when illness strikes them or their family members, unlike many developed peers. That means 40 percent of private sector workers can't take paid leave, but the problem is even worse for low-wage workers
- In the News: Mr. President, My America Is Now Life in an RV Park With No Running Water and Not Much Heat - My masters degree did nothing to save me from being unemployed and destitute.
- In the News: Senate Passes Long-Stalled Farm Bill, With Clear Winners and Losers - Few were as unhappy as Sheena Wright, the president of the United Way in New York, who expects to see a surge of hungry people seeking help because the bill cuts $8 billion in food stamps over a decade. “You are going to have to make a decision on what you are going to do, buy food or pay rent,” Ms. Wright said.
- In the News: How lawmakers have failed students living in poverty - Policy makers often discuss the need for school leaders to make “data-driven decisions” about what their students need. It’s about time they adopted this practice themselves when drafting the federal budget.
- In the News: It Is Expensive t - Minimum-wage jobs are physically demanding, have unpredictable schedules, and pay so meagerly that workers can't save up enough to move on.
- In the News: Nearly Half of Americans Living Paycheck to Paycheck - Report finds 44 percent of people in U.S. have less than three months' worth of savings, leaving them one emergency away from disaster.
- In the News: Want to end poverty? Brazil’s answer: Give people money - It involve a simple social contract that hands over cash – with no strings attached on how it is spent or who is considered part of a family – as long as any kids involved attend school.
- In the News: 8 Ways Being Poor Is Wildly Expensive in America - If you don't have money you end up spending more to survive.
- In the News: For Richer or Poorer: Does Poverty Explain American School Performance? - On the domestic level, income is the single strongest correlate to academic success in the United States, as measured on standardized tests such as the SAT. Keeping in mind the embarrassingly high rate of child poverty in America as a developed country, ruling out poverty as a factor in America's lag behind comparatively wealthy countries seems implausible.
- In the News: New York getting $50 million in federal HEAP funds - With the deep cold in the North Country finally retreating, more than $50 million in federal money coming for New York's Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program "is a lifeline for New Yorkers who rely on it so they can stay warm this winter," said U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in announcing the funding.
- In the News: Obama to announce program to help long-term unemployed - The companies will ensure advertising does not discourage or discriminate against the unemployed; review recruiting procedures so that they do not intentionally or inadvertently disadvantage people based solely on their unemployment status; encourage all qualified candidates to apply; and share information about hiring the long-term unemployed within their companies and across their supply chains and the business community.
- In the News: Negotiators unveil new Farm Bill; vote expected this week - Negotiators agreed Monday evening on a new five-year Farm Bill that slashes about $23 billion in federal spending by ending direct payments to farmers, consolidating dozens of Agriculture Department programs and by cutting about $8 billion in food stamp assistance.
- In the News: The new face of food stamps: working-age Americans - In a first, working-age people now make up the majority in U.S. households that rely on food stamps — a switch from a few years ago, when children and the elderly were the main recipients. Some of the change is due to demographics, such as the trend toward having fewer children. But a slow economic recovery with high unemployment, stagnant wages and an increasing gulf between low-wage and high-skill jobs also plays a big role. It suggests that government spending on the $80 billion-a-year food stamp program — twice what it cost five years ago — may not subside significantly anytime soon.
- In the News: Marian Wright Edelman: It's Time to End Child Poverty in Rich America With Urgency and Persistence - Fifty years after President Lyndon Johnson declared a War on Poverty, the United States is still not a fair playing field for millions of children afflicted by preventable poverty, hunger, homelessness, sickness, poor education and violence in the world's richest economy with a gross domestic product (GDP) of $15.7 trillion.
- In the News: Education, Opportunity, and a 1-in-10 Chance to Move From Poverty to Wealth - If you were born into one of America's poorest families, you've got less than 1-in-10 shot to make it into the top 20 percent of income levels by your mid-20s, according to a new study by the National Bureau of Economic Research.
- In the News: Trans-Pacific Partnership: The Fast Track to Poverty - American workers need a new trade philosophy, one that protects them and puts people first, not corporations. Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will be a disaster.
- In the News: Educate the whole child - The latest Kids Count report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation uses a new analysis of the Early Childhood Longitudinal study to offer three broad policy recommendations:
- support parents so they can effectively care and provide for their children;
- increase access to high-quality birth-through-age-8 programs, beginning with investments that target low-income children; and
- develop comprehensive, integrated programs and data systems to address all aspects of children's development and to support their transition to elementary school.
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