October 10, 2010 |
There's not enough food in Imani Sullivan's life. At home, Sullivan, 31, often doesn't set a fork for herself at the table so that her sons, ages 3 and 10, can eat. Naturally diminutive, Sullivan looks frail these days. She has dropped 15 pounds since losing her part-time janitor job during the summer. Each family meal feels like an obligation she cannot meet, a daily burden multiplied by three. "It makes me feel like less of a mom not to have food," she says in her mother's North Philadelphia apartment, suddenly overcome by the hardship.
July 31, 2013
Many children whose schools provide their only dependable source of nutritious meals go hungry during the summer when school is out. That needs to change. According to the Food Research and Action Center, only one out of seven children who receive free or reduced-price lunches at school participates in a summer meal program. While the available data is limited, experts believe many children go hungry during the summer. To help fill the summer meal void, the federal government provides food to the states that is distributed at feeding sites in cities and suburbs.
February 16, 2013 |
In 2008, presidential candidate Barack Obama pledged to end childhood hunger by 2015. Five years, two elections, and one recession later, the lofty vow is nowhere near a reality. Nearly 17 million American children struggled with hunger in 2011, the latest number available from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. "It was a realistic pledge, but it's no longer realistic now," said Mariana Chilton, a professor at Drexel University's School of Public Health and a national expert on childhood hunger.
March 29, 1991 |
A group of local child advocates, prompted by a recent national study that estimated that 475,000 children in Pennsylvania are hungry or at the risk of being hungry, announced a battle plan yesterday to fight hunger among children in Philadelphia. Calling itself the Philadelphia Campaign to End Childhood Hunger, the coalition's approach will be twofold: to get more money for existing child nutrition programs and to get more children to participate in those programs. "Hungry kids in Philadelphia are too often invisible," said Pamela Rainey Lawler, executive director of the food-distribution charity Philabundance and a member of the coalition.
October 27, 1993 |
Didn't you always hate school lunches? Just imagine a school breakfast. Then take a look at the breakfast more than 700 students got at the Drew- Pyle Elementary School here yesterday. They were served - served, mind you - sausage-and-egg croissants, blueberry muffins, fruit, orange juice and milk. Plus, there was entertainment; a few jugglers and clowns, the 76ers mascot, Big Shot, and Miss Delaware removing her rhinestone crown to lead them in exercises. It was not, of course, the norm.
September 21, 2011
By Kathy Fisher, Carey Morgan, and Jonathan Stein A recent report by the Food Research and Action Center found that more than one in five Pennsylvania families with children struggle to put food on the table. Members of Congress expressed shock and indignation at the findings. Rep. Bob Brady (D., Pa.), who represents a district where nearly half the families are at risk of hunger, said the report shone a "glaring spotlight" on the hardship American children are experiencing.
July 3, 2014 |
When people think about helping the hungry at holiday time, they're picturing Thanksgiving or Christmas - not the Fourth of July. Few do-gooders donate turkeys in 90-degree weather. But, experts say, this is the hungriest time of the year for low-income families whose children are out of school and often are not eating breakfast or lunch. That's why Vanessa Poe has been feeding kids this summer at the Lee Taliaferro Library in Darby Township. "Without these meals, I really don't know what they'd be eating," said Poe, 59, a local caterer and trained social worker who volunteers both as director of the library and head of a community feeding program for children.
April 25, 2013 |
PENNSDALE, Pa. - The land of scrapple and chipped ham is starting to get a taste for jambalaya and boudin. Thanks to an influx of Southerners filling jobs in north-central Pennsylvania's booming natural gas industry, a region not often placed on many culinary maps is finding itself flush with the food found below the Mason-Dixon Line. Suddenly, convenience stores stock sweet tea, barbecue is a hot seller, and the almost Norman Rockwell-quaint Country Store in Pennsdale even makes its own boudin, a pork sausage popular in Louisiana.
February 23, 1997 |
Every morning, before the sun itself is fully awake, millions of working parents begin their morning decathlons: Shave, shower, dress the children, iron the blouse, pack the lunches, drive the kids to the bus stop, head for work. Increasingly, what is missing from the ritual is breakfast. While the truly efficient may have time to enjoy a complete, nutritionally sound meal, the majority are lucky to gulp down a glass of juice. For years, this has concerned child nutrition experts, who can cite statistics showing that children are more attentive and better able to perform in school after eating a balanced breakfast.
April 4, 1991 |
Last week, I came upon two news stories that left me with the desolate feeling we are approaching a time when the "haves" and "have nots" will be irrevocably separate, unequal and disconnected, no longer linked by even the basic commitment to the well-being of our children. A front-page feature by the Inquirer's Melissa Dribben was headlined "The coming of age of the kiddie party. " It suggested that childhood birthday parties are becoming an outlet for parental competitiveness, an opportunity to display one's success by putting on bashes for kids too young to notice all the hoopla.