Underlying Causes of Hunger: A Follow Up

Stephanie South recently reported on problems underlying the hunger problem in rural Colorado. Most notably, Stephanie found through talking to organizations dealing with the issue, that the cost of car insurance and gas can prevent a large number of people from getting to work on time, if at all, reducing the amount of money they have to spend on food.

Today, we came across a New York Times article about a nonprofit in New Hampshire that is working to address this problem. More Than Wheels works with low-income households to improve their credit rating and car loans, helping them better afford reliable rides that get them to and from work on time and with less gas.

What other contributing factors to the hunger issue are not being addressed? On the flip side, do you know of organizations that are creatively serving their populations to get at the root of the hunger problem?

One Response to “Underlying Causes of Hunger: A Follow Up”

  1. Karen Temple says:

    The school districts in Morgan County have begun a “Blessings in a Backpack” program to provide food for students/families over the weekend or evenings (times when not in school where they receive free breakfast and lunches).

    The food provided in the backpack is food that can easily be prepared by the student (in case the parent is not at home), and does not require extensive heating to prepare (in case there is no heat or electricity in the house) it can be prepared with water.

    Volunteers from each school building take care of picking up the food each week, packing each backpack, and getting it to the students to take home on Friday night. The backpack is returned to school on Monday so it can be used the next week.

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