Posts tagged “Joel Berg”
July 9, 2013
On June 28, billmoyers.com featured an adaptation from Joel Berg’s book All You Can Eat: How Hungry is America? In this article, published in the website’s “Perspectives” section, Berg walks his readers through a condensed and accessible history of how food aid has been tied to farm aid dating back to the Great Depression.
Berg notes that in the present moment House Republicans are pushing to separate SNAP from the Farm Bill (two systems that have worked in tangent for decades) in order to make it easier to make cuts.
Berg disagrees with this potential move, and argues instead that farm bills should be considered food bills, with SNAP a continuing part of them. “Food producers and consumers are mutually dependent upon each other,” he says. “When so many Americans are low-income and hungry or food insecure, that limits the amount of money they can spend on food, thus limiting income for food producers.
June 24, 2013
On Thursday, the House of Representatives rejected the farm bill 195 to 234. The bill, backed by the Republican party, called for a 20.5 billion dollar cut in food stamp programs such as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), which would have left 2 million men, women, and children without assistance.
The bill also included controversial amendments, calling for states to authorize drug testing for anyone applying for food stamp programs, as well as an amendment banning those convicted of violent rape, murder, or pedophilia from being eligible to receive aid. What these amendments ignore are the families, especially the children, who are effected by these exclusions and left without food in their stomachs. Denying families food stamps and barring them from programs such as SNAP also limits what other assistance programs they may qualify for, including free or reduced lunch in public schools. Despite the fact that there is no evidence to show criminals or drug users are more likely to use food stamps than non-criminals and non-drug users, there is a constant effort by the supporters of these major cuts to equate criminality with the need for food stamps, ignoring the rest of the population who work full time—or more— and are unable to provide food for their families.
May 16, 2013
Fighting hunger means more than donating cans to a food drive, says Joel Berg, an expert on hunger and food security, and the head of the New York City Coalition Against Hunger. Hunger is a larger societal problem, and people need to change the way they think about it before they can begin to fight it.
Berg, the author of All You Can Eat: How Hungry Is America? (Seven Stories Press, 2008), writes in an article in the New York Nonprofit Press that volunteering once a year on the holidays is not enough to fight hunger either. With hopes of connecting people with ways they can fight food insecurity, Berg and NYCCAH have launched the Ending Hunger Through Citizen Service initiative. People interested in the new program can go to HungerVolunteer.org, where they will find downloadable toolkits for service work, as well as ways to match their own skills, interests, resources, and time availability.
September 6, 2012
All You Can Eat by Joel Berg has been chosen as a Top Book about Poverty.
“Many books have been written about poverty in America. As part of the Shadow Conventions 2012, we’ve talked to experts across the country, in academia and thinktanks, authors and an Occupy Wall Street librarian, to track down the best reads about this serious and growing problem in the richest country on earth.”
In All You Can Eat Berg takes to task politicians who remain inactive; the media, which ignores hunger except during holidays and hurricanes; and the food industry, which makes fattening, artery-clogging fast food more accessible to the nation’s poor than healthy fare. A spirited call to action, All You Can Eat shows how practical solutions for hungry Americans will ultimately benefit America’s economy and all of its citizens.
April 5, 2012"Hunger Hits Home examines the causes, complications and misconceptions about childhood hunger in the United States, as well as some of the innovative solutions being put into practice today."
January 18, 2012"49 million people in the U.S.—one in four children—don’t know where their next meal is coming from, despite our having the means to provide nutritious, affordable food for all Americans."
August 25, 2011"Living-wage employment should be the centerpiece of all social policy. To achieve that goal, we need serious national efforts to create jobs that pay enough for families to meet their basic expenses and to provide the training and work support necessary to ensure that current and former welfare recipients can obtain and keep those jobs."
April 27, 2010April 27, 2010, 11:45 am, Sheraton Burlington Hotel & Conference Center, 870 Williston Road, Burlington, VT
April 26, 2010
April 26, 2010, 4-6 p.m., University of Vermont Bookstore, Dudley Davis Student Center, 590 Main Street, Burlington Vermont
December 5, 200910:15am, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, 1201 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19107. Conference registration is required. Panel discussion on "Community Food Security, Social Justice, and Sustainability in the City." Other panelists include: Lisa Markowitz (Univ. of Louisville); Charles Price (UNC-Chapel Hill); Alice Wilson. For more information, see Joel Berg's website.