Mbale region, UGANDA: On June 25, a major mudslide destroyed three villages and displaced hundreds of families in the Mbale region of eastern Uganda.
Food for the Hungry is providing non-food supplies and providing psychosocial support to 150 of the 400 families that survived the disaster. On June 25, a major mudslide occurred in the Mbale region of eastern Uganda burying three villages displacing hundreds of families.
WASHINGTON - Some 691,000 children went hungry in America sometime in 2007, while close to one in eight Americans struggled to feed themselves adequately even before this year's sharp economic downturn, the Agriculture Department reported Monday. APLisa Hale, a volunteer with the Capital Area Food Bank, stocks shelves at the food bank in Washington, Monday, Oct. WASHINGTON -- Some 691,000 children went hungry in America sometime in 2007, while close to one in eight Americans struggled to feed themselves adequately even before this year's sharp economic downturn, the Agriculture Department reported Monday. The department's annual report on food security showed that during 2007 the number of children who suffered a substantial disruption in the amount of food they typically eat was more than 50 percent above the 430,000 in 2006 and the largest figure since 716,000 in 1998. The findings should increase pressure to meet President-elect Barack Obama's campaign pledge to expand food aid and end childhood hunger by 2015, said James Weill, president of the Food Research and Action Center, an anti-hunger group.
He predicted the 2008 numbers will show even more hunger because of the sharp economic downturn this year. Weill said the figures show that economic growth during the first seven years of the Bush administration didn't reach the poorest and hungriest people. Food banks across the country are reporting an increased demand for their services, and some say it's partly due to more working families seeking assistance to deal with the economic downturn.

The number of New York City residents who say they have a hard time affording food increased from 2 million in 2003 to 3.1 million last year, according to the Food Bank for New York City.
And more than 90 percent of the 163 local pantries and soup kitchens responding to a recent survey from The Greater Boston Food Bank reported an increase in need; most in the 10 to 50 percent range. The change is frightening for Cheryl Jackson, president of The Giving Movement, which runs Minnie's Food Pantry in Plano, Texas. Dennis Micai, executive director of the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen in New Jersey, said he is seeing new faces as well. Veronica Macias, 45, of Fresno, Calif., and her husband lost their home and have had their hours cut at work.
Even people participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, are finding that the assistance is not enough.
While demand is up, many local food banks are encountering a drop in donations as corporations and individuals cut back on charitable giving. The Food Bank of New York City is seeing long time bank partners disappear, including WaMu and Lehman Brothers, according to spokeswoman Carol Schneider. Wilkie said she had to spend $97,000 to ensure that the Food Bank could distribute holiday meal boxes this year, whereas last year most of the money was donated.
It's too early to tell how food banks will fare over the holidays, which is the busiest fundraising period.
Food banks prefer monetary donations, said Ross Fraser, spokesman for Feeding America, which has more than 200 partners.

But food drives are essential, said Gwen Vogelzang, spokeswoman for Food Bank of the Rockies in Colorado..
The food pantry ran out of food recently and she was sending an email to Food Bank for New York City for an extra delivery.
That was 12.2 percent of Americans who didn't have the money or assistance to get enough food to maintain active, healthy lives.
The government said these people have several ways of coping -- eating less varied diets, obtaining food from emergency kitchens or community food charities, or participating in federal aid programs like food stamps, the school lunch program or the Women, Infants and Children program.
When she opened, she thought she was going to be serving people with "Will Work for Food" signs.
Her husband owns a lawn maintenance business, and the couple rent a house for $1,000 a month. She said in 2004, the banking industry provided $35,000; in 2007, that had decreased to $15,000. For each dollar donated, Feeding America can provide 20 pounds of food and grocery products.

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