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Public News Service - MO: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

Corn crops in Missouri are being studied through the use of robot technology, which can pinpoint problems in individual plants. (missouri.edu)

COLUMBIS, Mo. -- While many people are working hard to prevent or at least slow climate change, some Missouri scientists are trying to offset some of the problems they say are inevitable. The University of Missouri received a $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation in 2014 to study

Hunger is especially prevalent in African-American households, with more than 1 in 5 in Missouri considered food insecure. (bread.org)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Anti-poverty advocates this month during African American History Month are shining the spotlight on hunger issues faced by some people of color. The poverty rate in the U.S. is 13.5 percent, nearly 17 percent in Missouri and even higher among African-American household

Only 7 percent of Missouri's kids who get free or reduced-price lunch at school participate in summer meal programs. (Christine Marie Fletcher)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - In Missouri, nearly 400,000 children rely on free and reduced-price school breakfast and lunch programs during the school year, but when summer rolls around, many of these children go hungry, according to the anti-hunger group Hunger Free America. Meals and snacks are served th

Students on high school and college campuses across the country are part of a project to end food waste and feed needy people in their communities. (The Campus Kitchens Project)

ST. LOUIS, MO - On college campuses across the country, student volunteers are working to put an end to food waste and at the same time are helping in their communities to feed the needy. Some high schools also take part in The Campus Kitchens Project. In Missouri, there are programs at St. Lou

Advocates for anti-hunger programs hope Congress will recognize the importance of the meals kids eat at school as it weighs the fate of child nutrition programs. Credit: jdurham/morguefile

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - As Congress weighs the fate of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, advocates want to ensure school meal and other programs can continue to make inroads against hunger in Missouri and nationwide. One of the most hotly debated portions of the legislation when it was reauthorize

Missouri's hunger-fighting advocates say false memes like this, widely circulated on social media, damage the entire food assistance network. Credit: Empower Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Lavish meals of lobster, steak and beer purchased with food assistance benefits are among the tall tales often taken at face value, and widely circulated on social media, but advocates say Missourians need to do their homework to separate food stamp fact from fiction. Gl

Many job-hunting veterans risk losing food assistance in the coming year, due to changes in state legislation. Credit: Duboix/morguefile.com

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - This weekend, many will feast on summer delights and give thanks to those who have fought for our nation. But those who work to combat hunger say there is not much to celebrate in upcoming changes to safety net programs that serve many veterans and other Missourians. The leg

Thousands of Missouri families still struggle to put food on the table, and advocates fear potential cuts to child nutrition programs will exacerbate the issue. Credit: Gleangenie/Morguefile

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – As Missouri begins to turn the corner on the recession, those who work with anti-hunger programs are calling on Congress to maintain funding for programs that fill critical meal gaps for families statewide. According to Heather Hardinger with Ozarks Food Harvest, her organi

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