As Congress returns from their August recess, briefings are once again populating our event calendar. Here are two that we wanted to highlight from Feeding America and Youth Advocate Programs, Inc., two of NHSA’s members.
Hunger in America 2014:
A Study on the Charitable Food Assistance Network
Friday, September 12
10:00am-11:00am — 332 Russell Senate Building
1:30pm -2:30pm — 1300 Longworth House Building
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This September is Hunger Action Month, a time when we join together as a nation to raise awareness of the crisis of hunger in America. Though hunger in America can often be invisible, it always comes with significant costs to the health and well-being of our citizens and communities. In order to fully address the problem of hunger, first we must understand it.
Join Feeding America as Dr. Elaine Waxman, Vice President for Research, Evaluation and Nutrition, shares key findings from Hunger in America 2014, the largest, most comprehensive study ever conducted on domestic hunger relief. Hunger in America 2014 offers a snapshot on the people served by the charitable food assistance network – their circumstances, the challenge they face, and the choices they are forced to make living on extremely limited household incomes.
One in seven Americans, or an estimated 46.5 million people, turn to food pantries and meal programs to feed themselves and their families. This includes 12 million children and 7 million seniors. Find out more about the households who are at risk of hunger in America today. What health issues do they face? What tradeoffs and coping strategies do they employ to make ends meet, and how are charities and volunteers working alongside the federal nutrition programs to ensure Americans receive the assistance and sustenance that they need?
Feeding America is a nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide 3.4 billion meals per year to more than 46 million people through food pantries and meal programs in communities throughout America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Together we can solve hunger. Visit http://www.feedingamerica.org/.
Building Safe & Strong Communities:
Community-Based Alternatives for Juvenile Justice-Involved Youth
Wednesday, September 10
2:00pm-3:00pm — 210 Cannon House Building
This briefing brings together national experts to discuss community-based alternatives to incarceration that improve public safety and support youth. A Happy Hour will follow this briefing on September 10 at Tortilla Coast, Capitol Hill. One of the panelists for this briefing, Steve Gates, Director of YAP’s Chicago Program, was featured on NPR’s Morning Edition today, and you can listen to his full, 4-minute interview with Steve Inskeep here.
Rep. Tony Cardenas, Co-Chair, Crime Prevention and Youth Development Caucus
Mary McClymont, President, Public Welfare Foundation
Professor Randolph Stone, Clinical Professor of Law, Edwin F. Mandel Legal Aid, The University of Chicago Law School
Judge Denise Navarre Cubbon, Lucas County Juvenile Court, Lucas County, Ohio
Shaena Fazal, National Policy Director, Youth Advocate Programs
Dr. Angela Irvine, Director of Research-Oakland, National Council on Crime and Delinquency
Steven L. Gates, Program Director, Youth Advocate Programs, Chicago, IL
YAP is a community-based, non-profit organization committed to providing alternatives to institutionalization through direct service, advocacy and policy change. We provide a network of grassroots, neighborhood-based alternative programs to out-of-home placements in the child welfare, juvenile justice and behavioral health systems each adapted to the unique needs of the local jurisdiction. Since 1975 YAP has been a national leader in deinstitutionalization. 100% of our programs takes place in the home communities of the people we serve. Follow us @YAPInc.