Meals on Wheels features Julius the Poet in this short video:
Here's a recent Statement from the Alliance to End Hunger about the dire and rising rates of hunger around the world and in the U.S.
Statement on the Release of the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2021 Report
WASHINGTON (July 13, 2021) – The following statement is attributed to Eric Mitchell, Executive Director of the Alliance to End Hunger.
“The Alliance to End Hunger joins the global food security and nutrition community in our alarm and dismay at the rising rates of hunger and malnutrition reported in the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2021. The report, also known as the SOFI report, is an annual joint publication of five United Nations agencies: FAO, IFAD, UNICEF, WFP, and WHO.
The report, released on Monday, portrays a grim picture in which a confluence of factors – climate, conflict, political and economic instability, and now the global COVID-19 pandemic – have led to rising hunger for the sixth year in a row. Between 720 million and 811 million people faced hunger in 2020, representing an estimated 18 percent rise in the prevalence of hunger in a single year.
Rising hunger and malnutrition have not impacted everyone the same. The growing impacts of hunger highlight social and economic inequities faced within countries and regions around the world, with women and children affected disproportionately.
We are not on track to meet the Sustainable Development Goal of ending hunger by 2030, and the world must commit to prioritizing the eradication of hunger and malnutrition. With the upcoming U.N. Food Systems Summit, Nutrition for Growth summit, and COP 26, the Alliance to End Hunger is urging the Biden Administration to strongly commit to global food security and nutrition through its representation on the global stage, and to lead on these critical issues.
We know what we have to do to end hunger and malnutrition everywhere, but it will take the concerted and unwavering actions at all levels – civil society, communities, companies, governments, and individuals – to ensure that no one goes to bed hungry.”
Shrida Sharma recently graduated from Oregon State University. While there, she enrolled in an Honors College Colloquium on Poetry of Hunger, and then implemented a project to raise hunger awareness on campus using poetry.
Here’s an Instagram post by Shrida Sharma, a recent graduate of Oregon State University, about her work on hunger using poetry:
Poet Henry Crawford, the winner of the 2019 World Food Day Poetry Prize, recently was invited to be the 2nd Annual Poet-in-Residence at the Capital Area Food Bank in Washington, DC. We'll all be excited to see the poem and other work that he develops as a result of his Residency -- Stay tuned! In the meantime, to hear and view My Name Is Hunger, the poem written last year by Aaron R, the first Poet-in-Residence at CAFB, see here -- https://youtu.be/fG1nAjnHNRs Thanks so much to Hilary Salmon and the team at CAFB as well as Joyce Romanus and her colleagues at St. Camillus for making all of this possible. And, hats off to Henry!
Creative Suitland Arts Center has partnered with The Capital Market and Poetry X Hunger to host a Farmer’s Market. We are looking to highlight issues around food insecurity through the art of poetry and spoken word.
The farmer’s market opened on June 6th and will run every Sunday until October 31st. This is a family and community friendly event.
Check out the details here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-capital-market-mary-main-farmers-market-tickets-160547035505?aff=erelexpmlt
A new Call for Poems has been announced:
Speak Back to Hunger by submitting your poem by September 10, 2021!
2021 Report on the Global Food Crisis Issued:
This report, as prepared by the Food Security Information Network and others, provides current information on the rising and daunting levels of food insecurity around the world. A link to the report is here. Homepage | Food Security Information Network (FSIN) (fsinplatform.org) [For fuller discussion of the report findings, visit (link to recording).]
Here's the link to a recently released USDA report that examines who, in fact, uses the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly Food Stamps). The findings may surprise you. Thanks to the Food Research & Action Center for sharing the link.
New USDA Report Provides Picture of Who Participates in SNAP - Food Research & Action Center (frac.org)
* Tuesday, June 15 at noon EDT (US). An online Juneteenth commemorative performance of Voices of Woodlawn, hosted once again by the staff of Woodlawn. For more info and to register for the free event, visit -- Voices of Woodlawn — Woodlawn & Frank Lloyd Wright's Pope-Leighey House (woodlawnpopeleighey.org)
* Thursday, June 17 at 6 pm EDT (US). The Prince George's County (US) Memorial Library System hosts an online performance of Voices of Woodlawn. For more info and to register for this free performance, visit -- Voices of Woodlawn - Prince George's County Memorial Library System (pgcmls.info) A flyer is also attached.
* Friday, June 18. Tune into WBJC Classical Radio, 91.5 FM in the morning hours and later between 5:00 and 5:25 pm EDT (US). Listen for a spot as announcer Judith Krummeck interviews Prince George's County (USA) Poet Laureate Sistah Joy Alford about the role of poetry in celebrating Juneteenth.
* And, from Sandy Yannone on the US West Coast..."Next Sunday, the 20th, we have a spectacular Juneteenth reading commemorating the 1865 holiday originating in Texas where US troops arrived in Galveston, TX, to announce to African Americans that they, in fact, were freed citizens by virtue of the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation" For time and additional info visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/976092733218394/?acontext=%7B%22event_action_history%22%3A[%7B%22surface%22%3A%22group%22%7D]%7D
VOICES OF WOODLAWN
A RECKONING BY FOUR POETS OF AMERICA’S SLAVE-HOLDING PAST
“Royalty” by Diane Wilbon Parks
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND, THE VOICES OF WOODLAWN POETS WILL HOST A PRESENTATION IN COMMEMORATION OF JUNETEENTH. A DISCUSSION WILL FOLLOW THE PRESENTATION.
Tuesday, June 15th | Noon - 1 pm EST
Don't miss the haunting program of poetry, music and visual art.
Free registration at --
Voices of Woodlawn — Woodlawn & Frank Lloyd Wright's Pope-Leighey House (woodlawnpopeleighey.org)
We thank the Woodlawn staff for hosting the program, and The Inner Loop Team for early support.
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