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Back to School!

| August 26, 2009

The months of August and September mark the time for new beginnings.  Young children are going off to school; young adults are off to college; and we begin our “normal” routine.  As I reflect on this summer, I recall the worries of drought, concerns about the economy and the slowly increasing gas prices.  All of Read More

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The Power of Interfaith Hunger Advocacy

| August 18, 2009

  I have just returned from keynoting a speech at a conference sponsored by the Wisconsin Council of Churches. It was held at a rustic retreat center on beautiful Lake Geneva in Williams Bay (about an hour from Milwaukee). The theme of the interfaith conference was “The Earth Speaks: Hunger, Our Spiritual Challenge”. My speech Read More

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MAZON-Funded SOVA Food Pantry Sees Record Numbers In July

| August 12, 2009

My first official blog as Vice President of MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger is prompted by recent news from Fred, my friend and former colleague at the SOVA Community Food and Resource Program in Los Angeles.  In 2002, when I became SOVA director, our three food pantries were providing free groceries for about 2500 Read More

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Fighting For Easier Food Stamp Access In California

| August 10, 2009

  With unemployment on the rise and food pantries seeing 40% more people seeking emergency food assistance, it is critical that California moves to a semi-annual reporting system which will ease the burden on food stamp participants and allow them to continue to receive the food assistance that they need.   California is one of the last states Read More

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