Hunger in the News
As one of the largest hunger relief organizations in the nation, an important part of our work is to elevate the issue of hunger in our community and conversations around it. Hunger and related issues are often at the center of stories in the media. Here are some recent stories that shed light on the realities of hunger not only in Minnesota, but across the United States.
Hunger and Homelessness Survey
The United States Conference of Mayors, in partnership with the National Alliance to End Homelessness, released their annual survey finding that despite the economic recovery, many cities across the country are experiencing rates of homelessness higher than the national rate and yet there’s a two percent increase in requests for emergency food assistance.
Even though the increase is small, those seeking food help primarily consist of families and working individuals. These findings are consistent with what we see every day in our community.
Second Harvest Heartland is included in the report as an example of an exemplary organization that continually responds to hunger by developing and implementing new and innovative programs and working together with community partners, volunteers and donors.
You can read the full survey online at usmayors.org.
Jason DeRusha uses star power to support hunger
Star Tribune recently highlighted five local celebrities that use their star power to support causes meaningful to them. WCCO-TV anchor and Minnesota Monthly food editor and critic, Jason DeRusha, enthusiastically supports hunger relief locally through both Second Harvest Heartland and with the No Kid Hungry Campaign. Thank you, Jason for your contributions to hunger relief!
42 million Americans are suffering from hunger
What CNBC titled “America’s dirty little secret,” this story sheds light on the reality of hunger for millions of Americans. The story echoes the same narrative in the Hunger and Homelessness Survey - while the economy is improving, we are seeing more working families and seniors reaching out for help than ever before.