1/17 Commemorating the War on Poverty at 50

Poverty is in the news these days as the anniversary year of the declaration of the War on Poverty hits 50 years. To commemorate the occasion, a webpage has been set up to capture news articles and publications covering the topics. It will be updated throughout the year. more

1/17 Community Services Block Grant Reauthorization

On January 13, 2014, H.R. 3854 was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives to reauthorize and modernize the Community Services Block Grant Act. Track the bill’s progress online. more

11/1 Resetting the Poverty Debate

Renewing Our Commitment to Shared Prosperity Half in Ten Annual Report 2013 This third annual indicators report tracks progress toward cutting poverty in half over the next decade and expanding opportunity for all. The report paints a sobering picture of the state of poverty and opportunity in the U.S. and makes the case that we need to reflect on the lessons of the five decades since the launch of the War on Poverty and renew more

10/3 2013 CSBG Annual Report

The National Association for State Community Services Programs (NASCSP) has published the 2013 Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Annual Report, as well as Fiscal Year 2012 (FY12) CSBG Highlights and State Fact Sheets. The Annual Report features the FY12 results of the CSBG Network, including stories, graphs and tables. more

5/28 Oklahoma Tornado Relief Efforts

Help the Victims of the Oklahoma tornadoes by donating to Central Oklahoma Community Action Agency (COCAA) online or sending a check, made payable to Central Oklahoma Community Action Agency. COCAA P. O. Box 486 Shawnee, OK 74802-0486 Please mark ‘Disaster Relief’ on your check or online donation. Donations will be used for temporary rental opportunities, rental deposits and utility transfers/deposits, work uniforms and specialized tools, and other necessities that are crucial to restoring their lives. more

11/2 Community Action Responds to Hurricane Sandy

As the impact of Hurricane Sandy is felt up and down the east coast, Community Action Agencies care for affected communities as well as their staff impacted by the storm. To offer assistance: New Jersey Bergen County Community Action Partnership, Inc. Bayonne Economic Opportunity Partnership HOPES CAP, Inc in Hoboken Connecticut Community Renewal Team, Inc. in Hartford Action for Bridgeport Community Development, Inc. CTE, Inc. in Stamford TEAM, Inc. in Derby Community Action Agency of more

8/24 Struggling to Afford Food

According to a recent Gallup Poll and discussed in this Pew Center on the States article, the Great Recession continues to take its toll Americans struggling to put food on the table. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly the Food Stamp Program) makes a big difference, as seen in this video. more

7/31 Texas Hunters for the Hungry

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This year, the Texas Hunters for the Hungry program provided 153,082 pounds of venison to nearly 100 organizations that serve low income people across Texas. That is more than 600,000 servings of lean protein in the diets of those hungry, or at risk of hunger. See the press release.

6/29 National Report on CSBG ARRA

Funded by the Office of Community Services and produced by the Urban Institute, Implementation of Community Services Block Grants under ARRA and Community Services Block Grant Administrative Expenses present the findings of an extensive effort to document the services, promising practices, and challenges that emerged during the CSBG ARRA initiative and analyze the level of administrative expenses among local CSBG grantees during the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant period.

5/24 Hunger Hits Home

The documentary, Hunger Hits Home takes a first-hand look at the crisis of childhood hunger in America through the eyes of the parents, children, anti-hunger activists, educators and politicians on the frontlines of the battle. The film is part of an ongoing partnership between Food Network and Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign to end childhood hunger in America by 2015. Join the campaign. more