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PNS Daily Newscast - August 14, 2020 

Trump rebuffs Biden's call for a national mask mandate; nurses warn of risks of in-person school.

2020Talks - August 14, 2020 

Responses to President Trump's suggestion that he opposes more Postal Service funding in part to prevent expanded mail-in voting; and Puerto Rico's second try at a primary on Sunday.

Public News Service - MO: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

PHOTO: Nearly 17 percent of Missouri families struggle to feed their families, according to a new USDA report on

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The economy may be picking up, but when it comes to feeding their families, many Missourians are still treading water or going under. A new study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that nearly 17 percent of households in the state are food insecure. That's

Thirty years ago, Missouri had the second highest erosion rate in the nation. The Department of Natural Resources says conservation practices save the soil. Photo courtesy of: DNR

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - The combination of last year's record drought and this year's heavy spring rains has scientists wondering if efforts to restore Missouri farmland are going to waste. Thirty years ago, Missouri had one of the worst soil-erosion rates in the nation, but conservation practices over the

PHOTO: The Food Bank estimates that 36 thousand Missouri children are hungry on any given day in the summer  Photo credit: Margaret W. Nea

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Schools and families may be on vacation, but hunger is not. The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri has already shipped a record 20 million pounds of food this year and estimates that 36,000 children in the state are going hungry every day this summer. Glen Koenen, H

MASW says 1 in 6 Missourians need food stamps to help ends meet                 Courtesy of: St. Louis Area Foodbank

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Hundreds of thousands of Missourians who receive food-stamp assistance have found themselves in the center of the political wrangling over the farm bill. The House version failed last week. A small group of House Democrats had been ready to compromise and vote yes, even with mo

PHOTO: Jaylen and Aaron enjoy their lunches in a St. Louis park. A new report from the Food Research & Action Center says fewer Missouri children who need these summer meals are receiving them. Photo courtesy Operation Food Search.

ST. LOUIS - For every 100 children in Missouri who receive free or reduced-price meals at school, only about eight get the same benefit during the summer months. A new report from the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) says about 359,000 Missouri children get free or reduced-price meals at schoo

In the 1960's the poverty rate began to decline. By 1973 it dropped to 11% -  today it's 15%  Chart credit: John Light

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Nearly fifty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson declared a war on poverty, yet today the Census Bureau finds 15 percent of Americans are poor. This week, nearly fifty community groups gather in Jefferson City to renew the battle against poverty. Angela Roffle received food s

Commissioner of Education Chris Nicastro eats breakfast and visits with students at South Elementary School in Jefferson City. Courtesy of: DESE

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A new study by the Food Research and Action Center shows Missouri making some progress in ending hunger among schoolchildren, but experts say it's not enough. The School Breakfast Scorecard has found nearly 54 percent of Missouri pupils who participate in the school lunch program

photo of food pantry line                         Courtesy of: Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service

ST. CHARLES, Mo. - Every year, just before the holidays, attention turns to those who find it hard to celebrate because they've fallen on hard times. Marian Mahan, the director of Saints Joachim and Ann Care Service, has been helping homeless and hungry Missourians for about 30 years and says her

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