Big Problem. Simple Solution.

*+-Yesterday I visited a Federal Way High School with some of the most caring adults and resilient teenagers I’ve ever come across. Among the biggest challenges students face–hunger. Not calculus, Shakespeare, or even messy high school romances. Too many students don’t have enough food to stay focused, healthy and prepared. One in five Washington kids…

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The Best Anti-Poverty Program You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

*+-Rachel Aronson is an Emerson Hunger Fellow spending six months with United Way of King County. Her work is focused on increasing access to school breakfast as well as contributing to the Free Tax Campaign. Picture the word taxes. What are the first things that pop into your head? Most people associate taxes with frustration…

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Is Hunger in America a Made Up Problem? (Part 1)

*+-This is part one in a two part series. Check out part 2: Six Steps to End Hunger in Washington state. I spend most dinner conversations with friends discussing big social problems – like homelessness, unemployment, immigration reform, voter suppression, the VA crisis, the achievement gap, and the war on poverty. What can I say?…

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We Can Conquer Hunger

*+-Guest blogger Meskie Mize shares why fighting hunger is so important to her, and why she dedicates her time to the One Million Meals Campaign. Before I can tell you how working with United Way on their Summer Meals Campaign was for me, I have to briefly explain my own life. I was adopted from…

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Should You Give to Panhandlers?

*+-Disclaimer: I don’t have the answer for you. I only have the answer for me. This time of the year causes me to think more about the question of giving to panhandlers that I see daily. I’m not the only one: Seattle Met, the City of Arlington, local filmmakers, and possibly you are asking this…

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Basic wage should cover basic needs

*+-On a long-weekend getaway recently, I exchanged hallway ‘great weather’ niceties with one of the housekeepers on my way out for a morning run. That evening at a late-night dinner across town, we were seated at our table by the same woman. After a quick exchange, it was clear that she worked at both jobs…

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