Latest Hunger News

UN says half of Zimbabwe’s people face severe hunger

Dec. 3, 2019 8:44 AM EST

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — About half of Zimbabwe’s population faces severe hunger amid a devastating drought and economic collapse, the United Nations said Tuesday, noting a “vicious cycle of skyrocketing malnutrition that’s hitting women and children hardest.” The World Food...

Champaign charity for hungry, homeless faces deficit

Dec. 1, 2019 4:20 PM EST

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — A Champaign charity that aids the hungry and homeless is more than $270,000 in the hole as it enters the holiday season. The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports that Restoration Urban Ministries budgets $650,000 for housing, food and clothing. It offers church services, substance-abuse...

Texas fugitive accused in son’s 2004 death extradited

Nov. 23, 2019 11:58 AM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas fugitive accused of starving his 2-month-old son to death 15 years ago has been extradited from Mexico to face charges. Television station KPRC reports that 36-year-old Adrian Castillo was extradited to Houston last week following his arrest in Mexico in May. Jail records show he has...

Southern Africa’s deadly drought leaving millions hungry

Nov. 21, 2019 8:54 AM EST

VOSBURG, South Africa (AP) — Residents call this drought-stricken community a “forgotten town.” The flat, dusty roads to Vosburg are surrounded by withered fields. The streams feeding the community of a few thousand people have gone dry. Signs warn drivers of wandering cattle and sheep but...

Maine supermarket chain launches school food pantry drive

Nov. 15, 2019 1:40 AM EST

SCARBOROUGH, Maine (AP) — A Maine-based supermarket chain says it’s launching a new initiative to tackle hunger and food insecurity in children, starting with a $1 million donation. Hannaford Supermarkets says it’s calling the project “Fuel Kids at School.” The company says it...

Drought parches southern Africa, millions faced with hunger

Nov. 7, 2019 1:38 PM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — An estimated 45 million people are threatened with hunger by a severe drought strangling wide stretches of southern Africa. Emergency food deliveries are planned for parts of South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe and other countries hard hit by a combination of low rainfall and high...

The Latest: Lewiston elects Somali-American to City Council

Nov. 5, 2019 11:00 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Latest on Maine's election (all times local): 11 p.m. Residents in Lewiston, Maine, have elected the first Somali American to the City Council. Safiya Khalid, who's 23, soundly defeated a fellow Democrat on Tuesday. The Bangor Daily News reports that Khalid called her campaign...

Migrants endure rape and torture on route through Yemen

Nov. 2, 2019 2:25 AM EDT

RAS AL-ARA, Yemen (AP) — Zahra struggled in the blue waters of the Gulf of Aden, grasping for the hands of fellow migrants. Hundreds of men, women and teenagers clambered out of a boat and through the surf, emerging, exhausted, on the shores of Yemen. The 20-year-old Ethiopian saw men armed with automatic...

Migrants endure rape and torture on route through Yemen

Oct. 30, 2019 4:45 PM EDT

RAS AL-ARA, Yemen (AP) — Zahra struggled in the blue waters of the Gulf of Aden, grasping for the hands of fellow migrants. Hundreds of men, women and teenagers clambered out of a boat and through the surf, emerging, exhausted, on the shores of Yemen. The 20-year-old Ethiopian saw men armed with automatic...

Woman found in wilderness after spelling S-O-S with rocks

Oct. 29, 2019 8:22 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A woman who vanished on a visit to Sequoia National Park in California was spotted by a low-flying aircraft rescue crew after she spelled S-O-S with rocks in a forest clearing, authorities said Tuesday. Mary Joanna Gomez of Jackson, Mississippi, was cold, thirsty and hungry but otherwise...