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A Citizen's Guide to Food Recovery This is a resource guide on food recovery programs, published by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). It describes some of the prominent food recovery activities already taking place, and suggests how a community, a business, or an individual can support existing programs or begin new efforts.
Action Without Borders Action Without Borders is a global network of individuals and organizations sharing ideas, information and resources to help build a world where all people can live free, dignified and productive lives.
AMERICA'S STRUGGLE AGAINST POVERTY "[Patterson's] perspective on poverty continues to be an influential one in the debate about which policies help and which hurt the poor. Readers will be reminded of many things they had forgotten, will learn some things they never knew, and will be provoked to new questions."
   
Bread for the World An American Christian movement that seeks justice for the world's hungry people by lobbying the decision makers.
   
Center for the Study of Urban Poverty (CSUP) "The Center for the Study of Urban Poverty's (CSUP) primary mission is to link university resources and expertise with those of federal, state, and local and community-based agencies and organizations concerned with issues related to urban poverty and social service delivery. CSUP's goals are:
  To nurture and facilitate collaborative research efforts among UCLA faculty with research interests in urban poverty and social welfare issues.
  To serve as a clearinghouse for the dissemination of university-based research to local policymakers.
  To broaden the university curriculum by offering research training programs in urban poverty and social welfare policy analysis."
Center for Urban Poverty and Social Change "The Center's primary function is to produce comprehensive poverty-related information in local and regional contexts. The special focus of all studies undertaken by the Center's multidisciplinary team of social welfare experts, economists, and demographers is the neighborhood-- the fundamental interface between the large-scale social forces that create poverty and the individuals and families who are poor."
Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) The CMI, based in Bergen, Norway, specializes in social science research and advisory work on development and human rights issues in developing countries. It provides information on projects on poverty and structural inequalities; population in development; human rights in North-South perspective; democratization, institutional change and economic reform; institutions and natural resource management; aid and trade relations.
Comparative Research Programme on Poverty (CROP) "CROP is founded on the logic that reliable data and sound theories provide a basic tool for poverty reduction. CROP has chosen to focus on development of research rather than engagement in direct action towards poverty alleviation. But it is recognized that the two are complementary, and CROP keeps contact with agencies that are action oriented."
Culture Of Poverty "What's impressive about Mayer's study is that it contradicts both her politics and her history. She's a registered Democrat, a self-described "hard-nosed" liberal. She does not write explicitly about welfare but instead asks a basic question: How important is money in enabling families to help their children escape poverty?"
Culture of Poverty "I suspect that there is a culture that supports uneven distribution of resources that advantages some and disadvantages others. I think some call it capitalism or consumerism."
   
Employment Structure and Poverty: Theoretical Perspectives and Conceptual Frameworks "Poverty in the United States may be codified into nine conceptual paradigms: (1) culture of poverty; (2) exploitation; (3) the time lag in the process of adjustment of technical and other changes in a dynamic economy; (4) differential power among enterprises and groups; (5) subclass theory that takes into account racism, sexism, welfare capitalism, elite rule, and geographic location; (6) status attainment; (7) orthodox economic theory; (8) human capital; and (9) economic segmentation theories, including dual labor market."
   
Face of Poverty has Many Colors "Black cultures may have some problems but too many people are still making racist assumptions that limit each new generation of kids, argues Leonard Pitts Jr. Black Americans and brown ones are born in the shadow of a doubt."
   
GENI "Global Energy Network International (GENI) is a tax exempt, IRS Sec 501(c)(3), organization in the United States of America. We conduct research and educational activities related to the international and inter-regional transmission of electricity, with a specific emphasis on the interconnection of renewable energy resources."
   
Homeless Online "Homelessness can be caused by a variety of problems. The main cause is unaffordable housing for the poor. Secondary causes include mental illness, physical illnesses, substance abuse, lack of incentives to work, poor work ethics, and, like most social issues Grassroots.org seeks to address, lack of decent education."
Hunger Project This is a not-for-profit global strategic organization committed to the end of world hunger.
HungerWeb "The aim of this site is to help prevent and eradicate hunger by facilitating the free exchange of ideas and information regarding the causes of, and solutions to, hunger. It contains primary information, made available by the World Hunger Program -- the prime sponsor of this site -- and its partners, as well as links to other sites where information of relevance to hunger can be
found."
   
Institute on Race & Poverty "The Institute on Race and Poverty engages in strategic research to address problems caused by the interaction of racism and poverty. Established in 1993 at the University of Minnesota Law School, the Institute promotes dialogue and scholarship in the interests of social justice and inclusive democracy."
Institute for Research on Poverty {IRP} "The Institute for Research on Poverty is a national, university-based center for research into the causes and consequences of poverty and social inequality in the United States. It is nonprofit and nonpartisan. The Institute was established in 1966 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison by the U.S. Office of Economic Opportunity, the organization given responsibility for reducing poverty in America. In the years since then, the Institute's multidisciplinary affiliates have formulated and tested basic theories of poverty and inequality, developed and evaluated social policy alternatives, and analyzed trends in poverty and economic well-being."
   
Kids Can Make A Difference "Kids Can Make a difference (KIDS), an educational program for middle- and high school students, focuses on the root causes of hunger and poverty, the people most affected, solutions, and how students can help. The major goal is to stimulate the students to take some definite follow-up actions as they begin to realize that one person can make a difference."
   
Maine Pathways from Poverty Initiative, The "Poverty is more severe in rural areas of the state. Average income in the state's poorest counties, which are predominately rural, is 70% of that in the richest counties. There is chronically high unemployment in rural areas, where there has been greater experience of shifts in the economy and loss of traditional manufacturing jobs. According to MRDC's Economic and Social Trends and Conditions in Rural Maine (1995)."
   
National Anti-Poverty Organization (NAPO) "The goal of the National Anti-Poverty Organization is the elimination of poverty in Canada. While NAPO has adopted the Statistics Canada Low-Income Cut-off Lines as a dollar-figure approximation of poverty in Canada, the complete elimination of poverty will have occurred when all Canadians share the following characteristics."
National Coalition for the Homeless "Our mission is to end homelessness. We focus our work in the following four areas: housing justice, economic justice, health care justice, and civil rights. Our approaches are: grassroots organizing, public education, policy advocacy, technical assistance, and partnerships."
   
POVERTY "Culture among impoverished groups tends to give social reward to the girthiest individuals. Those who have enough financial resources to get fat are considered to be among the chosen."
POVERTY "We do not like to think that our instincts of social compassion might have dismal consequences--not accidentally but inexorably. We simply cannot believe that the universe is so constituted. We much prefer, if a choice has to be made, to have a good opinion of mankind and a poor opinion of our socioeconomic system."
Poverty Areas "In 1990, more than 1 in 5 Americans -- or 52 million -- lived in a "poverty area." Poverty areas are census tracts or block numbering areas (BNA's) where at least 20 percent of residents were poor in 1989. (See the box on page 2 for a definition of census tracts and BNA's). Just over two-thirds of poverty area residents lived in a metropolitan area. In some of these areas, poverty was especially widespread, as 40 percent or more of residents were poor. About 1 in 25 Americans lived in such a tract or BNA, known as an "extreme poverty area."
Poverty Definition in the US "The original poverty index provided a range of income cutoffs or thresholds adjusted by such factors as family size, sex of the family head, number of children under 18 years old, and farm- nonfarm residence. At the core of this definition of poverty was the economy food plan, the least costly of four nutritionally adequate food plans designed by the Department of Agriculture. It was determined from the Department of Agriculture's 1955 Household Food Consumption Survey that families of three or more persons spent approximately one-third of their after-tax money income on food; accordingly, poverty thresholds for families of three or more persons were set at three times the cost of the economy food plan."
Poverty and Place Ghettos, Barrios, and the American City "The number of ghettos, barrios, and slums in the United States has more than doubled since 1970, and the proportion of the poor who live in them has risen dramatically. Policymakers and the public alike are increasingly concerned about the emergence of an"underclass" population in these blighted neighborhoods."
Poverty Clock A clock that illustrates how quickly poverty grows. Created by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The digital clock ticks off the increase in the number of people who are living on less than a dollar day around the world. Every number on the clock indicates another person living in poverty. They will most likely be undernourished, uneducated and undervalued by the societies in which they live. The clock was first activated in january 1995 during the World Summit for Social Development in Copenhagen, Denmark, and was later sent to the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China. The clock stands as a stark reminder that deprivation and suffering continue. Poverty eradication, however, is an achievable goal. "One hundred and fifty years ago the world launched a crusade against slavery. Today we must launch a world crusade against mass poverty" (James Gustave Speth, UNDP Administrator). The number of people living in absolute poverty is increasing by nearly 25 million a year. The number of people currently living in absolute poverty is roughly 1.3 billion (this calculation is based on the World Bank and the United Nations definition of absolute poverty: those people whose incomes are no more than $370 a year).
Poverty is Boring "If you're born into welfare, says Max, it is not just financial status or education but the whole culture of poverty that makes it nearly impossible to escape to a better life."
"Poverty" - In Need Of A Few Distinctions "There was no mention of the idea that poverty might also result from oppression and thus demand liberation. Or that a culture of sufficiency might be essential for long-term survival. Or even less that a culture might direct its energies toward spheres other than economic ones."
Poverty Statistics USA This comes from the current population survey by the Census Bureau.
   
Real Change - Seattle's Homeless Newspaper This Seattle-based monthly paper covers issues of class and poverty from the perspective of homeless people and their advocates. The paper has a monthly print circulation of 27,000, and exists to be a voice of the poor and to provide immediate, flexible employment to those selling the paper on the street. A great and passionate site: homeless not helpless.
   
UNDP - Human Development Report "The Human Development Reports, published annually for the United Nations Development Programme, are a comprehensive guide to global human development. The Reports are prepared by the Human Development Report Office team, in consultation with eminent economists and distinguished development professionals. The Reports contain thought provoking analyses of major issues, updated Human Development Indicators that compare the relative levels of human development of over 175 countries, and agendas to help transform development priorities."
   
World Hunger/Poverty he UMCOR program (from the United Methodist Committee on Relief) supplies food for the hungry and helps poor countries to move forward with development.
World Hunger Program (WHP) The WHP at Brown University (USA) combines research, education, and recognition to address long-term problems of hunger. It has the long-term prevention of hunger as its primary goal. It offers a unique combination of interdisciplinary research, scientific and educational resources, research exchanges that share knowledge among scholars, policy makers, community program professionals and the public, and annual awards. It also provides some interesting hunger-related courses taught at Brown University.
World Hunger Year (WHY) World Hunger Year believes that hunger and poverty in a world of abundance are unacceptable. Their mission is to work for just policies creating a more secure world and to support innovative programs creating sustainable livelihoods for all. WHY promotes self-reliance, food security and economic justice through research and education for policymakers, the media and the general public and through collaboration with and support for grassroots organizations.
World Summit for Social Development (WSSD) This site contains statements by United Nations, Inter-governmental organizations, non-governmental organizations and governments; press releases and other official documents.
World Vision's 30 Hour Famine This is a worldwide event for people to get to know about hunger. It allows you to do someting to fight hunger in our world. Every day, 35,000 children die of hunger-related causes. Here is a chance to do something about it.