Post Tagged with: "hunger"

FEEDBACK:  On protecting the SNAP program; Remembering the past

FEEDBACK:  On protecting the SNAP program; Remembering the past

Pat Walker, North Charleston: “Although food insecurity affects more than 17 percent of people in South Carolina, it is often hard to see.  When a child can’t focus at school because they didn’t have dinner the night before or breakfast that morning, it isn’t always clear that hunger is driving their distraction – but it is oftentimes the culprit.”

Also: Bryan Harrison of Charleston on remembering the past.

by · 10/06/2017 · Commentary, Feedback
FEEDBACK:  Kudos on column about Gov. Beasley, bottle bill

FEEDBACK:  Kudos on column about Gov. Beasley, bottle bill

Bill Heitsman, Darlington: “Tell Governor [David] Beasley that he needs to write a book that relates both stories of his adventures, and what he sees as the solutions to the world’s food problems.” Letters also from Bob McAlister and Tim Houghtaling.

by · 08/25/2017 · Commentary, Feedback
David Beasley speaks with a boy in Uganda in June.  Photo: WFP/Claire Nevill.  Used with permission.

BRACK:   Beasley is S.C.’s Jimmy Carter in fight against world hunger

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher  |  David Beasley is having the time of his life.

The former South Carolina governor, who has spent almost two decades since being in office in mission work to help people around the world, now is executive director of the United Nations’ World Food Programme.

“The good news is we’re feeding 80 million people on any given day in 80 countries,” he said this week in an exclusive interview on the way to Central America.  “The bad news is it’s getting worse out there – the famine, the droughts, the conflicts.”

by · 08/18/2017 · Andy Brack, Commentary
FEEDBACK:  On Hollings’s leadership; a gluteus maximus; and Spearman

FEEDBACK:  On Hollings’s leadership; a gluteus maximus; and Spearman

Herb Hartsook, Columbia: “Thank you for drawing attention to the continuing problem of hunger.  Years ago, state senator Isadore Lourie said that Senator Hollings ‘put a spotlight on that issue probably as the only man in the state at that time that could have done it. …  He had the prestige and the stature and a tremendous political following in the state.  I think through that mechanism and through the force of his dynamic personality, he was able to get the conscience of South Carolinians stirred up and concerned.’ “

by · 07/14/2017 · Commentary, Feedback
BRACK:  South Carolina is still hungry

BRACK:  South Carolina is still hungry

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher  |   Summer’s bounty of everything from juicy red tomatoes to eggplants, squashes and corn fill farm stands and grocery stores across the state.  At this time of year, you’ve never seen so much good fresh food.

But its availability belies a cold, hard fact:  South Carolina is hungry despite decades of food assistance programs.  But without them, things would be way, way worse.

Ninety-two-year-old Thelma McKay Dudley of Darlington remembers growing up hungry in the Depression as her family moved from one sharecropper cabin to another, year after year.

“We grew up mostly on fatback and grits,” she said this week.  “Sometimes we had an egg.”  There were always biscuits, but if the flour ran out, she, two sisters and parents would eat lace cornbread.  A savior in her home, just as in millions of rural households across the South, was the family garden. 

by · 07/07/2017 · Andy Brack, Commentary