Looking at new leads on covering hunger

Susan Heavey

About Susan Heavey

Susan Heavey, (@susanheavey) a Washington, D.C.-based journalist, is AHCJ’s topic leader on social determinants of health and curates related material at healthjournalism.org. She welcomes questions and suggestions on resources and tip sheets at determinants@healthjournalism.org.

Photo: Janice Lynch SchusterTony Vinson, recruitment and intake coordinator for D.C. Central Kitchen (DCCK) in Washington, D.C., was among panelists at a recent Aspen Institute event who discussed how his organization is rethinking food security.

Like in other areas of health, hunger also is facing an ever-widening dichotomy. On the one hand, there is a U.S. foodie revival, with no-reservation hot-spots and every-growing list of new microbreweries and grocery-stores-turned-restaurants.  Even so, millions in America still find food scarce.

Still, there are some innovations afoot, as AHCJ member Janice Lynch Schuster recently found out. She has compiled a new tip sheet on covering hunger, how the meaning of hunger is changing and offers some potential story ideas in her tip sheet, drawn in part from a recent poverty program hosted by The Aspen Institute, a nonpartisan educational and policy organization based in Washington, D.C.

Schuster’s tips follow a recent keynote address at #AHCJ17 by Ellie Hollander, chief executive of Meals on Wheels America. Hollander highlighted efforts to combat senior hunger in the United States, according to coverage by Liz Seegert, AHCJ’s topic editor on aging.

Meals on Wheels, which provides food to homebound seniors, the disabled and veterans, operates via thousands of independent, local programs. All are focused on “nourishing lives, enabling independence, safety, and health in the home, and out of institutional settings,” Seegert wrote.

Seegert, who also recently wrote about how about the Trump administration’s proposed 2017 budget would adversely affect community services for the elderly such as Meals on Wheels, included additional resources and story ideas in her post.

If you have written about hunger in your area, or have other resources to suggest, let us know at determinants@healthjournalism.org.

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