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Topic: Poverty & Economic Inequality


Why Are More Schools Going After Families for Lunch Debt?

More than 75 percent of school districts reported school lunch debt in the previous school year, and 40 percent say their debt is growing.

People receive free groceries at a food pantry run by the Food Bank For New York City on December 11th, 2013, in New York City.

The Trump Administration Admits Its Change to SNAP Eligibility Could Worsen Food Insecurity for Millions of People

The rule would slash benefits for those families that do not quite meet the program's poverty threshold, but are still food insecure.


What Question Should We Investigate About Food Insecurity?

You asked, we listened. Now it's time to choose which story you want to see first.

U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) waits on a table at the Queensboro Restaurant, on May 31st, 2019, in the Queens borough of New York City. Ocasio-Cortez participated in an event to raise awareness for the One Fair Wage campaign, which calls to raise the minimum wage for tipped workers to a full minimum wage at the federal level.

What the Research Says About a $15 Minimum Wage

The House voted to raise the federal minimum wage, but the bill will face opposition in the Republican-controlled Senate.

Amid a heat wave, beachgoers pack their belongings near the end of day at Sunset Beach in Huntington Beach, California, on July 21st, 2018.

A Report on 'Killer Heat' Reiterates How Climate Change Puts Vulnerable Populations at the Greatest Risk

The Union of Concerned Scientists warns that extreme heat days will become more frequent and severe if carbon emissions continue at current levels.

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Should Millennials Blame Boomers for Economic Woes? A New Book Says Yes.

A new book blames the Baby Boomers for Millennials' economic woes—and lets Reagan off the hook.

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What the Attention Economy Does to Workers—and How It Drives America Insane

Two new books argue that the attention economy is unsustainable—for people, and for the planet.

Canned tomatoes line the shelves of a food pantry.

To Save a Neighborhood, Ban a Dollar Store?

Some local governments are hoping that, once dollar stores are banned, grocery stores will come to food deserts.

Farmers harvest corn near Burlington, Iowa.

The USDA Gives Fewer Loans to Women and Minority Farmers, a Government Watchdog Finds

Women and minority farmers and ranchers receive disproportionately less credit than their white male counterparts.

Portrait of Berenise, age 17, at her home in Hidalgo County, Texas.

The Young Hands That Feed Us

An estimated 524,000 children work unimaginably long hours in America's grueling agricultural fields, and it's all perfectly legal.

Children eat breakfast at the start of a day camp program at Casa Juan Diego St. Pius V Youth Center on June 24th, 2009, in Chicago. The center provides free breakfast and lunch to about 90 children a day.

Only One in Seven Eligible Kids Get Free Lunch in the Summer. What's Going Wrong?

Food insecurity increases in the summer, but providers who want to get free meals to kids say they're restricted by an onerous and outdated program.

To qualify for free tuition, students will need to pay for and pass a drug test.

West Virginia Will Now Provide Free Community College Tuition If Students Can Pass a Drug Test

The program is the first in the country to introduce drug testing as an eligibility requirement.

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Working Even a Few Hours a Week Boosts Mental and Emotional Health

An innovative new study suggests that the benefits of employment should be shared widely, even in a future where jobs are scarce.

Students at the University of California–Berkeley build salads with organic vegetables at Crossroads dining commons.

Half of College Students Are Food Insecure. Are Universities Doing Enough to Help Them?

As more students search for their next meal, there's increasing demand for programs that go beyond the food pantry.

Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders delivers remarks about democratic socialism at a campaign function at George Washington University on June 12th, 2019, in Washington, D.C.

Bernie's Big Speech Argued That Democratic Socialism Is the Only Path to Freedom

On Wednesday, Sanders picked up the mantle from FDR, arguing that only democratic socialism can provide true freedom—and a bulwark against despotism.

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Millennials Are No More Tolerant—or Broke—Than Earlier Generations

A big new report debunks a number of generational clichés about Millennials—but emphasizes the economic struggles they still face.


College Students Are Going Hungry

A new report finds that around half of all college students fear running out of food before having the money to buy more.

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In 'Dignity,' Chris Arnade Offers an Empathetic Study of Trump's America

Arnade demonstrates the virtues of a journalism based on empathy. But he also shows that empathy alone is insufficient without a sharper historical and political analysis.

Vegetables are displayed at a supermarket.

New Research Shows SNAP Recipients Are a Benefit to—Not a Drain on—Rural Economies

The roughly 40 million Americans who use food assistance programs are also helping to create jobs.

People shop at a Food Town grocery store during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey on August 30th, 2017, in Houston, Texas.

How Trump's Latest Crackdown on Public Benefits Fits Into His Immigration Plans

A new memo could have a chilling effect on both family-based immigration and participation in public-benefit programs.

People gather to ask the McDonald’s corporation to raise workers' wages to a $15 minimum wage as well as demand the right to a union on May 23rd, 2019, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The nationwide protest was held on the day of the company’s shareholder meeting.

Viewfinder: McDonald's Workers Strike For Higher Wages

People gather to ask the McDonald’s corporation to raise workers' wages to a $15 minimum wage as well as demand the right to a union on May 23rd, 2019, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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As More Americans Are Being Lifted Out of Poverty, the Racial Wealth Gap Persists

An annual Federal Reserve Board report found that more Americans are financially secure in 2018. Most of them are white.

A Sri Lankan stilt fisherman works on his pole in the southern town of Galle.

'There's No Fish to Catch': Global Warming Upends Traditional Livelihoods in Sri Lanka

Two separate studies highlight Sri Lanka's increased risk to changing weather patterns that are driving extensive changes in both living standards and livelihoods.