Feeding America, a leading hunger-relief organization, has released its 2023 Elevating Voices: Insights Report, shedding light on the persistent crisis of hunger in the United States. Despite progress made during the pandemic, the report emphasizes that food insecurity remains a pressing issue that requires urgent attention from both federal and local governments. The report, based on surveys and interviews with individuals and Native American communities, provides valuable insights to inform policies aimed at combating hunger and creating a more equitable society
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The Urgency of Food Insecurity:
According to the report, an overwhelming 88% of individuals facing hunger believe that food insecurity should be treated as an urgent crisis, challenging the notion that an improving economy and lower unemployment rates have sufficiently addressed the issue. This sentiment highlights the deep-rooted struggles faced by millions of Americans in accessing adequate food and underscores the need for sustained efforts to tackle the problem comprehensively.
Insights from Elevating Voices:
Feeding America’s Elevating Voices: Insights Report draws from the real-life experiences, concerns, and ideas of over 1,000 individuals and 12 Native American communities who have either directly received charitable food assistance or experienced food insecurity within the past two years. By amplifying the voices of those affected, the report provides a comprehensive understanding of the challenges faced by communities across the nation.
Feeding America’s Commitment:
Feeding America is dedicated to creating an America where no one goes hungry. The organization works in collaboration with a nationwide network of food banks, food pantries, and meal programs to support tens of millions of people experiencing food insecurity. Their approach goes beyond immediate hunger relief, as they also invest in innovative solutions to ensure equitable access to nutritious food, advocate for legislation that improves food security, and address underlying factors impacting food access, such as health, cost of living, and employment.
A Call for Action:
The findings of the Elevating Voices: Insights Report serve as a rallying cry for policymakers, organizations, and supporters to unite in the movement to end hunger. Feeding America encourages collaboration with individuals experiencing food insecurity to craft effective policies and promote lasting change. By leveraging the report’s insights, stakeholders can work towards creating a society where everyone has access to the food and resources necessary for a healthy and fulfilling life.
Feeding America’s 2023 Elevating Voices: Insights Report provides a critical examination of the ongoing crisis of hunger in the United States. Despite progress made during the pandemic, the report emphasizes that food insecurity remains an urgent issue requiring immediate attention. By listening to the experiences and ideas of those affected by hunger, policymakers and organizations can develop informed policies and strategies to address the multifaceted aspects of food insecurity. Feeding America’s commitment to ending hunger and their call for collaboration underscores the importance of collective action in building a more equitable and nourished society for all.
About Feeding America
Feeding America is committed to an America where no one is hungry. We support tens of millions of people who experience food insecurity to get the food and resources they say they need to thrive as part of a nationwide network of food banks, statewide food bank associations, food pantries and meal programs. We also invest in innovative solutions to increase equitable access to nutritious food, advocate for legislation that improves food security and work to address factors that impact food security, such as health, cost of living and employment.
SOURCE Feeding America via PR Newswire
METROLINK RELAUNCHES LOW-INCOME DISCOUNT PROGRAM AS “MOBILITY-4-ALL”
LOS ANGELES – Metrolink’s low-income discount program was relaunched today as the Mobility-4-All program. Metrolink passengers with a California Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card are still eligible for a 50 percent discount on all Metrolink tickets and passes. Riders can use their EBT card at any Metrolink station ticket machine to validate and unlock the discount.
“Since we began the program in September 2022, we have sold more than 80,000 tickets with the discounted fare,” Metrolink CEO Darren Kettle said. “Thanks to a generous Caltrans grant, we have made Metrolink an even more affordable option for people. Renaming the program to Mobility-4-All reaffirms our commitment to make public transportation more equitable, without reference to socioeconomic status.”
Funding for the discount is made possible by a grant from the Low Carbon Transit Operations Program (LCTOP), administered by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans).
A California EBT card is required to validate the discount, while an alternative form of payment is needed to complete the ticket transaction.
Hollywood Writers Strike Ends: Guild Approves Contract with Studios
Hollywood writers strike ends as guild approves contract with studios, bringing production back after months of halt. Scriptwriting resumes.
After nearly five months of uncertainty and halted production, the Hollywood writers strike has finally come to an end. The governing boards of the Writers Guild of America, representing both the eastern and western branches, along with their joint negotiating committee, have approved a contract agreement with studios. This decision marks a significant milestone for the industry, allowing the resumption of scriptwriting and the gradual return to normalcy.
Key Highlights of the Contract Agreement:
The contract, spanning three years, encompasses several vital victories that writers had fought for since the beginning of the strike. These wins include improved compensation, longer employment terms, increased staff sizes, and control over artificial intelligence. The agreement closely aligns with the initial demands of the writers, reflecting a compromise between both parties.
Compensation and Employment:
The writers’ union sought higher pay and future residual earnings from shows, and the compromise deal resulted in a raise ranging from 3.5% to 5%. Additionally, the contract introduces new residual payments based on the popularity of streaming shows, ensuring writers receive adequate compensation for their contributions to highly watched properties.
Staffing and Artificial Intelligence:
The contract addresses the issue of staffing, with a requirement that shows intended to run at least 13 episodes must have a minimum of six writers on staff. The number of writers will be adjusted based on the episode count. While the initial desire for guaranteed staffs of six on shows yet to be ordered was not achieved, a guaranteed minimum of three writers was agreed upon.
Furthermore, the agreement grants writers control over the regulation and use of artificial intelligence. AI-generated storylines will not be considered “literary material” or “source” material, protecting writers’ creative contributions and avoiding competition with computer-generated content.
The end of the Hollywood writers strike brings relief to the entertainment industry, allowing the resumption of production and the creation of new scripts. The approved contract represents a significant achievement for the Writers Guild of America, securing important gains in compensation, employment terms, staffing, and control over emerging technologies. As late-night talk shows prepare to return, the agreement paves the way for the gradual comeback of scripted shows as negotiations continue. The Hollywood writers strike, while disruptive, ultimately led to a more equitable and sustainable future for the talented individuals who shape the narratives we love on screen.
For more on the writers and actors strikes, visit: https://apnews.com/hub/hollywood-strikes/
Source: Associated Press
Punctuate Your Day with Humor: National Punctuation Day
“Embrace the power of punctuation on National Punctuation Day and let your words dance with clarity and humor. #NationalPunctuationDay”
Attention, grammar nerds and word enthusiasts! Today, we celebrate the unsung heroes of the written word: punctuation marks! It’s National Punctuation Day, a time to pause, take a breath, and appreciate those tiny symbols that bring order to our sentences.
Imagine a world without punctuation. It would be utter chaos! Sentences would blend together, leaving us scratching our heads and desperately searching for meaning. Take a look at this sentence: “Let’s eat grandma.” Now, add a simple comma, and voila! “Let’s eat, grandma.” Crisis averted!
Punctuation marks have the power to change everything. They can turn a statement into a question, add excitement or urgency, and even make us sound sarcastic. Just one exclamation point can transform a dull sentence into an enthusiastic proclamation! “I’m going to the store” becomes “I’m going to the store!”
Let’s not forget the semicolon, the mysterious and underappreciated member of the punctuation family. It’s like the James Bond of punctuation marks—sophisticated, elegant, and capable of connecting two independent clauses with effortless grace.
So, on this National Punctuation Day, let’s raise our pens and give thanks to these unsung heroes. They may be small, but they wield a mighty influence over our words. So, use them wisely, cherish them dearly, and remember: without punctuation, we’d all be lost in a sea of confusion. Happy National Punctuation Day!
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