Archive for the ‘ Poverty ’ Category

Easy Ways to Cut Down Your Monthly Utility Bills

Friday, April 13th, 2018
Utility Bills

Many families feel bogged down by high monthly utility bills. Do you want to find out how to lower your monthly costs?

For some homeowners and renters, having a high monthly utility bill can mean the difference between being able to buy the proper amount of groceries and barely skimping through the month with enough food on hand. If your family has struggled with high utility bills, you’re not alone. With just a few simple tips and tricks kept in mind, you can reduce your monthly utility bills and have some more money to support your family.


How Can You Become More Involved With Your Community?

Friday, March 30th, 2018

Trying to be more involved with your local community? There are a few steps you can take.

Being an active proponent of your community can go a long way in making you feel better about where you live. Learning to work alongside your neighbors towards a common goal—or just doing the small, day-to-day things that contribute as well—makes your area much more enjoyable to be a part of. If you’ve moved to a new neighborhood or are just trying to come up with ways to approach your old community, it can be difficult to find a good starting point.  


How Can You Reduce Food Waste?

Friday, March 16th, 2018
Food Waste

Reducing food waste is a great goal to work towards as it saves you money and is better for the world.

One of the largest problems facing hunger issues in America isn’t that we don’t necessarily have enough food for everyone, it’s that distributing it becomes difficult—especially when so much of our food ends up in the trash. It never feels good knowing that you’re throwing out perfectly good food that other, less fortunate people, would love to have. Reducing your personal food waste is a simple, easy step to take in making food more available to those who really need it.


How Does Poverty Impact Students in Higher Education?

Monday, September 18th, 2017

Living in poverty can have a huge impact on how one pursues higher education.

Higher education is plagued by soaring costs and shrinking financial aid, making accessibility for those living through poverty increasingly difficult. Students from low-income backgrounds have to work incredibly hard to even make it into college, but beyond that, it becomes even more difficult for them to stay and do well. The fact that poverty has such a large impact on students may lead some to believe that those in poverty just aren’t capable of doing as well in higher education, but let’s take a look at how and why being poor has such a massive impact on students in higher education.


How Does Hunger Impact The Brain?

Friday, September 15th, 2017

Hunger can have huge developmental impacts on children’s brains.

We all know how much hunger can ruin our day. Around lunchtime, our stomachs tend to grumble and we need to start snacking. By letting ourselves get hungry, we start to get sluggish and a bit overwhelmed by everything that’s going on. Even the short-term effects of hunger are detrimental, so it’s important that we look at the long-term impacts that improper nutrition can have on a person. Today, we’re taking a look at how hunger can have huge impacts on the brain.


Why Anti-Hunger Programs Are So Important

Friday, August 25th, 2017

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.


Taking a Look at Tech Innovations That Are Tackling World Hunger

Monday, June 12th, 2017

World hunger has long been a difficult task to tackle but there are some tech experts out there helping solve the problem.

World hunger has always been a difficult subject to tackle–some falsely believe that hunger only impacts those overseas, when the reality is that we still have very serious problems with hunger facing cities across America. Mobilizing to take on world hunger has proven to be an incredibly difficult task, but there are those out there seeking to make it easier and more streamlined. These big tech innovations are helping us combat world hunger and keep people fed.


Taking a Look At Minimum Wage And Workforce Development

Monday, May 15th, 2017
Workforce Development

Workforce development is already enough of a struggle, but is minimum wage enough?

At My Brother’s Keeper, we care a lot about Baltimore workforce development. Young adults need jobs in order to be productive members of society, but it’s a matter of opportunity. The Irvington community would benefit greatly from having a larger capable workforce, but one of the issues is cost of living vs. readily available income. Our first step is to make workforce development a priority and help people get employed, but then we must ask, is minimum wage sufficient?


How to Motivate Baltimore Students Living in Poverty

Friday, March 17th, 2017
Hunger and Learning

Children living in poverty often require extra educational motivation and care to succeed.

Spring break has come and gone for Baltimore city students. It tends to be difficult for students to stay motivated during holidays and scheduled time off from school, but this can be an even greater challenge for students living in poverty. My Brother’s Keeper is here to discuss the importance of motivating students living in poverty (and students in general). (more…)

Homeless Deaths: Maryland’s 2016 Annual Report on Homelessness

Friday, December 9th, 2016
2016 annual report on homelessness in maryland

Infographic courtesy of the 2016 Annual Report on Homelessness

It is no secret that drastic weather temperatures put the lives of those living in the homeless community at greater risk. Homeless people die for various reasons year-round, but the threat of hypothermia in the winter months is a cause for extreme concern. My Brother’s Keeper would like to shed some light on the reality of homeless deaths in Maryland, as well as give you information on a Homeless Memorial Service being held on December 21st in Annapolis. (more…)

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