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Hunger and discrimination go hand in hand | Opinion

From Philadelphia Media Network: After interviewing almost 700 people at similar levels of poverty, the evidence is clear: If people experience discrimination by the police or courts, they report rates of food insecurity twice as high (26 percent) as those who have not (13 percent). The same is true for moms who have applied for a job, or been discriminated against on the job, in school, and while trying to get health care. (Read more.)

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Philly could populate Pittsburgh with its hungry

From Philadelphia Media Network: St. Francis sits on Kensington Avenue, in the heart of Philly’s perfect storm, but the suffering citywide is so severe that it lends itself to a simple, stark shorthand: We are the poorest and hungriest big city in the country, and the epicenter of the urban opioid crisis to boot. This is our reality now. (Read more.)

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Report: Hunger in Philadelphia increases 22 percent

From Philadelphia Media Network: Based on data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the report found that in the 2015-17 time period, 302,685 Philadelphia residents, or 18.3 percent of the population, lived in households that the federal government designates as food insecure. That’s a measure of hunger meaning that people didn’t have enough food in the course of a year to lead a healthy lifestyle. (Read more.)