Before I get into this week's best reads, I wanted to let you know that I’m guest posting today at the Blog for Family Dinner project. My post, 5 Easy Ways to Get Kids Interested in Family Dinner, is one of dozens by a variety of bloggers this month that focus on the importance of family dinner.


Now, onto some weekend reading on the rather serious side. There’s been a lot in the news lately about food insecurity. Here are a few pieces on the subject that might interest you.


  • "Sesame Street" plans to tackle the subject of food insecurity. A one-hour primetime special titled “Growing Hope Against Hunger” will air Oct. 9. A new muppet, Lilly, will be introduced, and she comes from family facing food insecurity. Check your local listings for channels and times.
  • The Guardian is reporting that girls are the key to food security in poor countries. A study shows that they are the key to transforming agricultural economies.
  • People over 60 are the fastest-growing demographic needing help from food pantries. SFGate reports that prices keep rising, but the income of older Americans usually doesn’t change, so this group is particularly at risk for food insecurity.
  • Food Insecurity costs the country $167 billion each year, according to Huffington Post. There are now an estimated 48 million Americans who are considered food insecure.

Enjoy your weekend, and while you’re at it, think about making a donation to your local food pantry sometime in the upcoming week. Feeding America’s Food Bank locator can help you find a pantry in your region to donate to (or to go to for help if you need it.)


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Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Weekend reads: Food Insecurity is growing
Food news and items of interest from around the Web for your weekend reading.