ATHENS, Greece (AP) — In March 2016, European governments breathed a sigh of relief as the European Union reached a deal with Turkey designed to stop hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants...
South Sudan’s hunger is growing, despite 5 months of peace
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Five months into South Sudan's fragile peace, 1.5 million people are on the brink of starvation and half the population, more than six million people, are facing extreme...
Pope seeks role for rural populations in addressing hunger
ROME (AP) — Pope Francis is urging global decision-makers in both the public and private sectors to help address poverty and hunger in rural areas by engaging the local population as "responsible architects" of progress.
Francis was addressing an annual session Thursday of the International Fund for Agricultural Development, a U.N. agency based in Rome dedicated to eradicating poverty and hunger in rural areas of the developing world.
Hunger Free ND Garden Project sees record donations in 2018
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota program that uses fruit and vegetables from home gardeners and commercial growers to help feed the hungry saw a record amount of donations last year.
State Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says more than half a million pounds of produce came in, enough to provide more than 2 million servings of fruits and vegetables.
The Latest: Rights group praises UN Yemen action
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest on Security Council vote authorizing deployment of U.N. monitors (all times local):
The International Rescue Committee says the U.N. Security Council has at last taken "a much needed step" to respond to Yemen's humanitarian disaster and growing international desire to end the three-year war.
Lynn Public School program offers free meals to all students
LYNN, Mass. (AP) — After more than three months into a new program that allows Lynn Public Schools to offer free breakfast and lunch to all students, regardless of income status, results show there has been an increase in the number of kids who eat at school.
Maine anti-hunger groups say Farm Bill protects state’s poor
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A coalition of Maine anti-hunger groups says the Farm Bill passed by Congress this week is a win for the state's hungry.
Preble Street, Maine Equal Justice and Good Shepherd Food Bank all say the new Farm Bill is important for poor and hungry families in the state because it protects the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and invests in The Emergency Food Assistance Program.
Analysis: In good Bush vibes, a hunger for retro simplicity?
NEW YORK (AP) — His nation celebrated George H.W. Bush this week as a statesman, a veteran, a loving and committed family man who was a totem of respect, humility and mildness. But something else seeped into all the praise as Americans gathered Wednesday to send him on his way.
Bush was also remembered as an emissary from, to use his own idiom, a kinder, gentler America of seemingly clearer challenges — which were, in reality, as complicated as the fragmentary problems we face today.
Aid org: 85,000 Yemeni kids may be dead of hunger
Aid group: 85,000 children may have died of hunger in Yemen
CAIRO (AP) — A leading international aid group said Wednesday that an estimated 85,000 Yemeni children under the age of 5 may have died of hunger and disease since the outbreak of the country's civil war in 2015.
Mexico prosecutors find fraud in Venezuela food aid program
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Prosecutors said Thursday that people linked to the Venezuelan government and Mexican companies conspired to overcharge Venezuela for basic food aid packages.
Known as "CLAP" packages, the food is supposedly subsidized by Venezuela's socialist administration to provide a bare level of subsistence to many families facing hunger amid the country's hyperinflation and economic breakdown.
Correction: Feeding America-CEO story
CHICAGO (AP) — In a headline for a story Sept. 29 about a Chicago hunger-relief group naming a new CEO, The Associated Press gave an incorrect name for the group. It's Feeding America, not Feeding American.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Chicago hunger-relief group, Feeding America, tabs CEO
The board of directors of Feeding America announced this week that Claire Babineaux-Fontenot has been named CEO
CHICAGO (AP) — A leading hunger-relief organization has named a new Chicago-based CEO.
UN rushes aid to hunger-stricken Yemeni district
CAIRO (AP) — The United Nations and individual donors are rushing food to a desperate corner of northern Yemen where starving villagers were found to be living off leaves. Aid officials are searching for ways to ensure aid reaches those in need amid alarm that the country's hunger crisis is worsening beyond the relief effort's already strained capabilities.
Venezuelan official to crash UN meeting on migrant crisis
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Venezuela's foreign minister said Monday that he is ready to crash a meeting at the United Nations called to help surrounding countries struggling to deal with the flood of migrants fleeing his nation's economic crisis.
Organized by Colombia, the meeting Tuesday is designed to set up a fund for countries overwhelmed by the masses of Venezuelan escaping poverty and hunger.
UN agency warns time running out to prevent Yemen famine
CAIRO (AP) — The U.N. food agency said Wednesday time was running out for aid groups working in Yemen to prevent a "devastating" famine in the war-torn country.
World Food Program said new entry points were urgently needed to bring in humanitarian food aid and commercial imports in and to address what it called a "growing hunger crisis" across the impoverished Arab nation.
Yemen's civil war has wrecked the country's already fragile ability to feed its population of 29 million people.
Anti-hunger program to give food to 800 Detroit families
DETROIT (AP) — About 800 families in Detroit will receive food and other items as part of an annual anti-hunger program.
PepsiCo and Feed the Children are providing the food Wednesday that will supplement a family's meals for a week.
The items will be distributed by volunteers at a Detroit church. Each family will receive one 25-pound (11.3-kilogram) box of nonperishable food items, a 10-pound (4.5-kilogram) box of personal-care items and other products.
Lawyer: Hunger-striking Ukraine filmmaker’s health in danger
MOSCOW (AP) — An imprisoned Ukrainian filmmaker's health has suffered irreversible damage after 120 days of hunger strike, his lawyer said Monday.
Oleg Sentsov, an opponent of Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea, was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2015 for conspiracy to conduct terror attacks, charges that he denies. He has refused to seek a pardon from Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Police: Starved teen’s brother wrote letter begging for help
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The younger brother of a 15-year-old boy who starved to death while their family prayed and fasted for weeks wrote a letter that investigators found inside the locked southern Wisconsin apartment pleading with lawyers to save him.
Report: 1 in 5 Indiana residents experience ‘food hardship’
KOKOMO, Ind. (AP) — A new report on hunger says nearly a fifth of Indiana households with children struggle to find enough money to feed their loved ones.
North Dakota program gives extra produce to less fortunate
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota program that encourages farmers and gardeners to plant more to combat hunger has generated more than 2.5 million pounds of food for homeless shelters, food pantries and soup kitchens statewide.
The Hunger Free North Dakota Garden Project has been in the works since 2010 and is once again accepting donations, the Bismarck Tribune reported.
Drought reveals ancient ‘hunger stones’ in European river
DECIN, Czech Republic (AP) — Due to this summer's drought in Central Europe, boulders known as "hunger stones" are reappearing in the Elbe River.
The low water levels in the river that begins in the Czech Republic then crosses Germany into the North Sea has exposed stones on the river bed whose appearances in history used to warn people that hard times were coming.
Russia: Hunger-striking filmmaker’s health satisfactory
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's prison system is contradicting claims about the worsening condition of Oleg Sentsov, a Ukrainian filmmaker imprisoned on a terrorism conviction who has been on a hunger strike for 90 days.
Sentsov is demanding that he and 64 other Ukrainians who he considers political prisoners be released. The case has attracted considerable international attention, with Western nations campaigning for his release.
WATERBURY CENTER, Vt. (AP) — About 1,800 acres of land that are part of a popular hiking area along Vermont's Hunger Mountain just east of Montpelier is going to be protected with help of $2.6 million in funding from the nation's Forest Legacy Program, Vermont's Democratic U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy announced Friday.
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The lawyer for a hunger-striking Ukrainian filmmaker who is imprisoned in Russia says the health risks for his client are rising as the protest enters its 75th day.
World Food Prize goes to an economist and a doctor
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The World Food Prize will be awarded this year to two men who have dedicated their careers to improving the availability of nutritious food for pregnant women and children in an effort to reduce the effects of malnutrition in developing countries.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Sister Margaret McKenna's brown crucifix dangles and dances from her neck as she tills the vegetable garden she's carved out of the poorest neighborhood in the poorest big city in America.
As she works, fat bees float low over the fertile North Philadelphia dirt. Sister Margaret smiles.
KANDAK, South Sudan (AP) — "I'm afraid I'll starve to death," said Gatdin Bol. Curled on a dirt floor, the frail 65-year-old said he survives only by eating fruit from the trees in this remote South Sudanese town in the shadow of civil war.
ADEN, Yemen (AP) — The young mother stepped onto the scale for the doctor. Even with all her black robes on, she weighed only 84 pounds — 38 kilograms. Umm Mizrah is pregnant, but starving herself to feed her children.
And her sacrifice may not be enough to save them.
The doctor's office is covered with dozens of pictures of emaciated babies who have come through Al-Sadaqa Hospital in Aden, casualties of a three-year war in Yemen that has left millions of people on the edge of famine.
MOCHA, Yemen (AP) — The baby twitches his legs in pain in the video. He's crying but he is so dehydrated his eyes can't produce tears. His inflated belly is as taut as a balloon. It is easy to count the 12 rows of protruding ribs on his rapidly palpitating chest.
The video, filmed by a doctor, shows 8-month-old Fadl suffering not from disease, but from starvation.
Trump appoints Keenum to agriculture board
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — President Donald J. Trump has named Mississippi State University President Mark E. Keenum as chairman of the Board for International Food and Agriculture Development.
The university said the White House announced the appointment this week.
The board was created in 1975. Board members are primarily from universities and provide advice on U.S. international assistance efforts in areas such as global food security and world hunger.
When Myrna Maysonet looks out the window of her fifth-story office adjacent to Lake Eola, she is reminded of her good fortune.
The temperature was a chilly 45 degrees, and the sky was snow-day gray, but inside Renaissance Restaurant in southeast Fort Wayne on Saturday morning was a sure sign of spring.
Washington researcher working to solve world hunger
MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) — After spending 10 years in Thailand as a child, Jon Oatley, director of the Center for Reproductive Biology at Washington State University, developed a passion for ending food insecurity around the world.
Originally from Utah, Oately returned to the states as a teenager, moving to a tiny ranching town in Nevada called Gardnerville.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The number of people around the world in danger of dying unless they get food urgently surged to 124 million last year — mainly because "people won't stop shooting at each other," the head of the U.N. food agency said Friday.
David Beasley told the Security Council by video link that almost 32 million of those acutely hungry people live in four conflict-wracked countries: Somalia, Yemen, South Sudan and northeastern Nigeria, where famine was averted last year.
ROME (AP) — A U.N.-led report says 124 million people last year suffered such acute hunger that their lives were at risk, up from 108 million in 2016.
The increase was largely attributed to new or intensified conflicts in Myanmar, Nigeria, Yemen and South Sudan, as well as ongoing drought in several African countries.
The report warned the situation will continue in 2018, with Yemen expected to remain the country with the largest food crisis globally.
PACARAIMA, Brazil (AP) — Hungry and destitute, tens of thousands of victims of Venezuela's unrelenting political and economic crisis are trying their luck in Brazil — a country where they do not speak the language, conditions are often poor and there are few border towns to receive them.
Arkansas student creates manual for foreign farms
JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — Westside senior Jesse Clayton has traveled to Nicaragua five times and seen the effects of hunger and poverty on the population and will return on spring break to continue his efforts to end such problems for the hungry and poor of the country.
Your Harvest for Hunger donations relieve local low-income seniors (video)
Your Harvest for Hunger donations relieve local low-income seniors (video)
Famine again a threat in South Sudan, new report says
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — One year after South Sudan briefly declared a famine, more than half of the people in the world's youngest nation face extreme hunger amid civil war and famine could return, a new report says.
Families and friends of students at The John Cooper School came out Saturday, Feb. 24, to show their support during the annual Empty Bowls Project.
The proposed changes to FoodShare benefits that recently advanced in the state Assembly do not make strides in addressing the alarming problem of hunger in our community, which is exasperated by racial disparities. To the contrary, these proposed changes to welfare would hurt people already struggling.
Proposal would use Lawrence sales tax on food to help poor
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — City leaders are looking at the possibility of indirectly returning some of the money impoverished Lawrence residents are charged in sales tax on groceries.
Mayor Stuart Boley proposed the program to city commissioners Feb. 13, the Lawrence Journal-World reported .
As the U.S. Congress considers the 2018 spending decisions, I ask that they protect funding for critical anti-hunger and anti-poverty programs. I am deeply opposed to a spending bill that would increase hunger and poverty in the United States and around the world.
Hunger Free ND Garden Project donates 486K pounds of produce
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A program that helps feed the hungry around North Dakota donated 486,000 pounds of fresh produce last year to food pantries, soup kitchens and other charitable feeding groups.
State Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says that provided more than 1.8 million servings of fruits and vegetables.
A group of Lake Havasu City youngsters received a hands-on lesson in poverty over the weekend.
One in six Americans grapple with hunger.
That disturbing and heartbreaking fact has been a primary motivator for Wayne Kostroski, who has been involved in hunger relief efforts since the mid-1980s.
OLANTA, S.C. – Florence County School District Three and Help 4 Kids Florence have had a partnership since 2015 to provide students with “Backpack Buddy” snack bags every Friday during the school year.
Jerry Folk, Maureen McDonnell and Paula Rogge: Massive military spending is immoral
Many of us enjoyed the holidays with family and friends last month. But as we start a new year, we must remember that for hundreds of thousands of people in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and Yemen, this has been a time of death and injury, separation from family and friends, homelessness, cold, hunger and illness.