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Archives - June 2011

June 29, 2011

Weekly Hunger Policy Update

The Second Harvest Weekly Hunger Policy Update highlights what's new on hunger, nutrition and poverty issues. Second Harvest will use this policy update to alert you to trends, reports, news items and resources and, when available, link you directly to them. 


Posted by David Davenport, Second Harvest Executive Director - 06/29/11, 11:36 AM


June 27, 2011

Fact vs. Fiction: Food Stamps/Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

I had the opportunity to visit with many people and groups across NW Missouri and NE Kansas during my recent month-long Food Stamp (SNAP) Challenge. I enjoyed discussing the importance of nutrition assistance programs in the overall plan of addressing hunger in our local communities as well as across the country.

During these visits I often found myself faced with the many misconceptions surrounding the SNAP program and the program's place in the current budget debate in Washington DC.


Posted by David Davenport, Second Harvest Executive Director - 06/27/11, 03:32 PM


June 22, 2011

The Future of America in Our Hands

"I'm hungry and there is nothing to eat Mom!"

Hungry Boy


Posted by jobrien - 06/22/11, 08:31 AM


June 20, 2011

Denying Food to 350,000 Women, Infants and Children is Immoral

It is immoral to allow low income women, infants and elderly to starve in the United States of America. Read more for the thoughts from David Davenport.

David Davenport - Executive Director of the Second Harvest Community Food Bank


Posted by David Davenport, Second Harvest Executive Director - 06/20/11, 10:24 AM


June 15, 2011

Hunger in the life of a child is Unacceptable and in Missouri it's on the rise

Recently a pre-teen became dizzy and collapsed while walking through the line at Harvest House. She was here with a neighbor to pick-up food for her family. After having an opportunity to visit with her it became clear that it wasn’t the warm day or the long lines at the pantry but the lack of food that had caused her difficulty. She hadn’t eaten anything in four days.

According to a new report released by Feeding America, over 23% of children in Missouri are experiencing food insecurity.  Child Food Insecurity in the United States reveals the percentage of children in Missouri living with an uncertain access to enough food for a healthy lifestyle has increased from 20 percent to over 23 percent. 


Posted by David Davenport, Second Harvest Executive Director - 06/15/11, 03:58 PM


June 09, 2011

More than 2,500 Organizations Across Country Urge Congress to Protect SNAP Program

It's certainly no coincidence that more than 2,500 national, state, and local organizations agree on one thing.

2,500 organizations across the country joined in a letter sent to Congress last week to urge Members to oppose proposals that cut or dismantle the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps). The letter, circulated by the National Anti-Hunger Organizations (NAHO), is being delivered to every member of Congress and the White House.


Posted by Second Harvest Community Food Bank Staff - 06/09/11, 04:20 PM


June 07, 2011

Summer Hunger

Every month of the year the parking lot at Harvest House is full and busy. This day, most eyes are drawn to a large group of people hanging out the doors of a mini-van with the music blaring. As I walk over I expect to encounter unruly, disrespectful teenagers. Instead the music immediately lowers and out of the mouth of “babes,” comes thankfulness and kind words.


Posted by jobrien - 06/07/11, 03:47 PM


June 02, 2011

Second Harvest Urges Congress to Safeguard Food Assistance Programs

As Congress crafts a budget that addresses our nation's long-term fiscal challenges, Second Harvest Community Food Bank and our network partners – over 100 food pantries, meal sites, shelters, senior centers and after-school programs -- are urging our elected officials to safeguard nutrition assistance and other safety-net programs. The number of families struggling to make ends meet increased significantly during the recession. With unemployment still hovering near 9 percent, the need for food assistance remains high and Second Harvest and our network are already pressed to meet the need in our communities.


Posted by David Davenport, Second Harvest Executive Director - 06/02/11, 09:08 AM