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How many have gone hungry during the pandemic?

Poverty | Experts disagree about the extent of food insecurity and the success of welfare expansions
by Charissa Koh
Posted 2/24/21, 04:46 pm

On an average Saturday morning twice a month, 30 to 50 families used to show up at the food pantry at Eternal Faith Baptist Church in Manor, Texas. They browsed the fellowship hall or pick up prepacked bags filled with beans, rice, pasta, cereal, and cans of meats, fruits, and vegetables. In the spring of 2020, that number jumped to 80 or 100, said Sheila Matthews, who leads the church’s food pantry ministry. It switched to a drive-thru format, and Matthews said that at first Eternal Faith was the only area church with a food pantry.

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The demise of compassion

Politics | A political history of the last 20 years
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 7/29/20, 04:31 pm

July 31 marks 20 years since a Philadelphia evening beckoned well for both Republicans and a grand old country that needed a new birth of freedom and compassion. Instead, these 20 years gave us big-donor tax reform, war, recession, Black Lives Matter, and ego.

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A broken system

Poverty | Supporting those struggling to escape poverty can be a blessing for Christians
by Sophia Lee
Posted 3/06/20, 01:46 pm

Since I started reporting on homelessness three years ago, I’ve been learning a lot about poverty—who it affects, why it happens, and how it keeps someone there for a long, long time. One common thread I’ve seen among people experiencing homelessness is a lack of social support. Without consistent, empowering, dignity-giving help, it’s almost impossible for someone to lift themselves out of poverty, because the entire system works against them.

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