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Why Anti-Hunger Programs Are So Important

Friday, August 25th, 2017
Anti-Hunger

Anti-hunger programs are at risk and we must keep them funding to keep people fed!

Recently, Carmen Del Guercio penned an op-ed for The Baltimore Sun regarding proposed budget cuts to anti-hunger programs. In his piece, Del Guercio addresses how critical funding for these programs is and why it should matter to us all. He goes on to describe potential cuts to anti-hunger programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), which could result in a loss of at least 45 billion meals over 10 years nationwide. At a time when “one in nine Marylanders [are] lacking regular access to healthy food,” he says, this is a huge loss in the fight against hunger.

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How Hostile Architecture Targets the Homeless

Monday, August 14th, 2017
Homeless

Design of public spaces is usually meant to benefit everyone, but what about the homeless population?

Take a walk around New York City’s subway system and you may see curious looking benches. They don’t have seats, and instead of letting you rest and sit down, you’re meant to lean your body up against the tilted wooden blocks set at back level. It’s a strange design and on the surface, it may not seem apparent that there’s any reason for these to exist other than affordability and a gimmicky design. The reality is that public features such as this are intended to keep the homeless out of certain spaces—it’s all part of a concept called hostile architecture.

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Baltimore Ceasefire Seeks to Slow Violence

Friday, August 11th, 2017
Baltimore Ceasefire

Baltimore has a problem with violence and the organizers at Baltimore Ceasefire are attempting to alleviate that.

This past weekend, organizers of a 72-hour Baltimore Ceasefire initiative took to the streets to march, pray, and heal with other residents of Baltimore City. Their goal was to slow the pace of violence in their community and encouraged residents of Baltimore to go one full weekend without anyone getting murdered. The participants of Baltimore Ceasefire are deeply invested in the well-being of their city and bringing us all together for a more unified sense of community. They aren’t unrealistic about their goals–they know their initiative may not instantly stop murders in Baltimore, but it can certainly help to alleviate some of the violence embedded in our town.

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Helping Hydrate the Homeless

Friday, August 4th, 2017
Homeless

Keeping hydrated is a necessity for all of us, but it can be particularly difficult for the homeless population.

Summer is still in full swing–the weather is hot, muggy, and humid. Many of us have the benefit of enjoying our air conditioned homes as an escape from the awful heat, but there’s a huge homeless community in Baltimore who don’t have this option. It’s difficult enough for the homeless to find shelter and shade, but it can be even more difficult for them to find water. Keeping the homeless community hydrated is incredibly important to us here at My Brother’s Keeper so we want to discuss how you can help.

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