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August 18, 2014 / Ciara Myers, Editor

The U.S. hunger problem continues to grow

FOOD/POVERTY
Around one in seven Americans currently rely on local food aid programs, according to the recent study by Feeding America, Hunger in America. As the demographics of those in need of assistance spans across a broad range of categories, National Geographic highlights how Bread for the City in D.C. and other organizations around the country are helping a growing number of Americans put food on the table. (NatGeo, 8/18)

The ranks of the hungry include 12 million children and 7 million seniors, plus millions more among the working poor, military families, the unemployed, and young college graduates. Those in each group said their reliance on food aid stemmed from a daily struggle to put healthy and nutritious food on the table when all that many can afford is processed and cheap junk food that fuels a cycle of chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, and obesity.

– More Military Families Are Relying on Food Banks and Pantries (WAMU, 8/17)

WORKFORCE
July unemployment up in M.D. and V.A., flat in D.C. (WBJ, 8/18)

– The Consumer Health Foundation‘s Dr. Yanique Redwood shares the story of a low-wage restaurant worker and the persistent struggle to maintain one’s health when juggling low-paying jobs to make ends meet. (CHF, 8/15)

– Aside from potential health problems, another big concern for many low-wage workers is the inconsistency in their schedules (and, thusly, pay) from week-to-week. A number of companies now use automated scheduling software that is designed to cut labor costs much to the detriment of employees – especially if you’re a poor, working parent. (Slate, 8/15)

– Now in their late 80s and older, many of the women that helped bring the iconic “Rosie the Riveter” image to life during World War II recently visited D.C. to reflect on their legacy. (WTOP, 8/17)

DISTRICT │In light of the recent events in Ferguson, MO following the death of an unarmed 18-year-old African American male who was shot at least six times by a local police officer, thousands in the District came together to rally in support of the victim, Mike Brown, and reform of racial disparities in the justice system. (DCist, 8/15)

Related: Recent initiatives at a national level have created a high level of energy around improving outcomes for boys and men of color. Earlier this year, a group of WRAG members formed the Boys and Men of Color Alliance to identify ways the local grantmaking community can leverage this national energy here in the Greater Washington region. On Thursday, August 21st at 12 PM WRAG will host a brown bag discussion for members to share updates on their work in this area, and to help determine how the group should move forward.

YOUTH/EDUCATION
– In honor of back-to-school time, The Washington Post takes a look at the history of education in D.C. (WaPo, 8/16)

– It’ll Cost You $245,340 To Raise a Kid Born In 2013, Says New Report (DCist, 8/18)

PHILANTHROPY
– The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region recently rolled out their “Taste of Philanthropy series” with a community dinner conversation featuring Montgomery County youth who reflected on their experiences in the school system. (CFNCR, 8/13)

– As the protests in Ferguson, MO continue, Dr. Gail Christopher of the Kellogg Foundation, offers her thoughts on how the nation can work toward a more equitable society.

– In 2011, 60 percent of the nation’s foundations indicated that they do not accept unsolicited proposals. As a result, navigating the world of foundations as a nonprofit organization can be difficult. Here, are five tips for nonprofits on how to get in the door with an unsolicited proposal. (NPQ, 8/11)


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– Ciara

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