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Volume 23

We are delighted to report that Hunger News & Hope received four awards for its work in 2022: (1) Honorable Mention to Sara Alexander for “Magnet for Exploitation: Haiti’s Long Struggle for Sustainable Recovery”; (2)  the Award of Merit (Second place) in a feature cluster for Michael Williamson & Mitch Martina, “The War in Ukraine & the Global Food Crisis”; Honorable Mention for Dawn Michelle Michals for “Why Millions of People Are Starving in Tigray”; and a Best in Class award (Award of Merit) for the newsletter as a whole. 

  • HNH Vol 23 No 3 – This special double issue includes an extensive interview with Bread for the World president Eugene Cho, a story about culinary medicine, a story about Meals to You, a nationwide initiative to end rural hunger, and a review of Barack Obama’s documentary Working. You will also find two tributes to hunger fighters we have lost in the last few months–Bread for the World founder Art Simon and Sally Lynn Askins, the Seeds resident artist.
  • HNH Vol 23 No 2 – This issue includes a story about the ongoing welfare scandal in Mississippi, one about an effort to bring books to children in low-income neighborhoods, one about the continuing photographic work of Leah Denbok, and news briefs from the front lines.
  • HNH Vol 23 No 1 – This issue includes important information about the 2023 Farm Bill that is being discussed by the US Congress and Bread for the World’s Offering of Letters; the Community Fridge movement; work in Ethiopia to turn the tide of the climate crisis; and innovations in food distribution among food pantries.  The Newsfront pages contain brief stories about the most recent floods in Pakistan and the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria.

Volume 22

We are pleased to note that Hunger News & Hope received three awards for its work in 2021: (1) The Award of Merit to Dawn Michelle Michals for”Women Taking Back the Power: A Microgrid in Yemen is Bending All the Rules” (Spring 2021); Honorable Mention for Katie Cook’s interview with World Hunger Relief director Jonathan Grant, “World Hunger Relief Training Farm Getting Back to Work” (Fall 2021); and the overall Award of Excellence in the “Best in Class” category.   

  • HNH Vol 22 No 4, Winter 2022 – This issue includes a story about the hunger crisis in Tigray; one about Bonton Farms, an urban farm in South Dallas, TX; and one about Mobile Farmers Markets. It also includes a review of We Feed People, a Ron Howard film about chef José Andrés.
  • HNH Vol 22 No 3, Fall 2022 – This issue includes in-depth coverage of the current global food crisis in stories by Michael Williamson and Mitch Martina, as well as a report on the recent White House Hunger Conference and a return to “Newsbriefs,” an old Seeds department.
  • HNH Vol 22 No 2, Summer 2022 – This issue includes stories about the Latin American coffee trade and Haiti’s struggles for sustainable recovery, several book and film reviews, an introduction to the Seeds Creating Hope project, and an updated Hunger Glossary.
  • HNH Vol 22 No 1, Spring 2022 – This issue includes articles about how to help people in Ukraine and Afghanistan. It also includes a story about Craig Gunderson’s new hunger research role with the Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty at Baylor University.  It also includes an update on the international cocoa trade and an article remembering global public-health pioneer Paul Farmer.

Volume 21

We are pleased to note that Hunger News & Hope received three awards for its work in 2021: (1) The Award of Merit to Dawn Michelle Michals for”Women Taking Back the Power: A Microgrid in Yemen is Bending All the Rules” (Spring 2021); Honorable Mention for Katie Cook’s interview with World Hunger Relief director Jonathan Grant, “World Hunger Relief Training Farm Getting Back to Work” (Fall 2021); and the overall Award of Excellence in the “Best in Class” category.   

  • HNH Vol 21 No 4, Winter 2021 – This issue focuses on the work of the World Food Programme. You will find a background piece about the WFP, an in-depth report of WFP work in Zimbabwe, an update on the tragic situation in Yemen, a report on WFP participation in the 2021 Baylor University Global Hunger Forum, and a profile about WFP’s executive director, David Beasley.
  • HNH Vol 21 No 3, Fall 2021, “Farm Justice, Part 2.”This is the second of a two-part series about justice issues in farming. “Farm Justice, Part 2” includes an interview with Jonathan Grant, executive director of World Hunger Relief, Inc., whose training farm is located in Lacy Lakeview, TX, about the innovative programs being launched there.  Linda Freeto examines urban homesteading from the 19th century to the present. The issue also includes a story by Ashley Mix about global food prices and an annotated list of Farm Justice resources.
  • HNH Vol 21 No 2, Summer 2021, “Farm Justice, Part 1.” This is the first of a two-part series about justice issues in farming. In this issue, Sara Alexander shares what she learned, from personal interviews, about the frustrations of Maya farmers in Belize. Dawn Michelle Michals writes about the plight of migrant farm workers in the US and what some groups are doing to bring about lasting change. Michael Williamson takes a deep look into the injustice experienced by Black farmers, particularly in Mississippi.
  • HNH Vol 21 No 1, Spring 2021 – This issue includes a story about women in Yemen leading the way in constructing solar power panels, a book review about Leah denBok’s photos of homeless people, and the impressions of Baylor journalism students who were sent to interview homeless people.

Volume 20

We are pleased to report that Hunger News & Hope received three awards for its work in 2020. HNH received the Award of Merit in the “Best in Class” category. Dawn Michelle Michals received the Award of Merit for a News Story for “Grace Baptist Church Sees a Different Way,” about a church that refused to close down its homeless shelter after a stabbing. Our Fall 2020 issue abut COVID-19 and Minoritized Populations received the Award of Merit for a theme issue. 

  • HNH Vol 20 No 4, Winter 2020 – This issue is a collection of stories about people endeavoring to do “the right thing.”  It includes a story about a city in Brazil that has made sure no one goes hungry for almost 30 years, a church in San Jose, CA, that chose to keep its shelter open after a stabbing, and people struggling to see and respond to the needs of people on the streets.
  • HNH Vol 20 No 3, Fall 2020 – This special 16-page issue looks at the affect that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on minoritized populations in the US and around the world. With a lead story by Jessica Foumena Kempton about minoritized populations, the issue includes stories about how the pandemic is affecting the Navajo Nation, people along the US-Mexico border, Mississippi, Eastern and Western Canada–and places around the world like Burkina Faso, Venezuela, Yemen, Madagascar, Kenya and India
  • HNH Vol 20 No 2, Summer 2020 – This 12- page issue is centered around the relationship between disability and food insecurity.  We were alerted to this reality by Craig Gunderson, whose research and analysis on food security issues are highly acclaimed and sought out by leaders in the US anti-hunger movement.  You will find an introduction by Dr. Gunderson, stories that cover global and US disability and food security, how COVID-19 affects food security in special needs populations and how to respond in this time of pandemic.  You will also find a story about the history of the American Disabilities Act, as well as helpful statistics and resources.
  • HNH Vol 20 No 1, Spring 2020 -This issue is special, in that it was put together by guest editors, Bradley Springman and Mira Davis, students from the Baylor University Department of Journalism, Public Relations and New Media. It is all about food insecurity among high school and college students. We are excited about this relationship with the journalism folks, and with the editing class taught by Brad Owens. Since Seeds first moved to Texas in 1991, we have worked closely with students from Baylor, from McLennan Community College and even from local high schools. We believe that this is a profound part of our work–acquainting young people with information about hunger in the world and training them to use their skills to bring about the healing of hunger and poverty.

Volume 19

We are pleased to announce that Hunger News & Hope received two Associated Church Press awards for work in 2019. The first is the Award of Excellence for “Best in Class” in the newspaper/newsletter category. The second was for an editorial by Katie Cook, “New SNAP Measure Will Rule Out 668,000 People,” which received the Award of Merit.

  • HNH Vol 19 No 4, Winter 2019 – This issue includes a memorial tribute to Peter Yuichi Clark, a longtime artist for (and friend of) Seeds, a story about the Hell’s Kitchen Farm Project in Midtown Manhattan, and a review of the new SNAP rule.  
  • HNH Vol 19 No 3, Fall 2019 – This issue is our special 12-page issue, sponsored by the Alliance of Baptists, examining how race affects food security. You will find stories by Stephanie Boddie and Lakia Scott of Baylor University, A-dae Briones from the First Nations Development Institute, and our own award-winning reporter, Chelle Samaniego.
  • HNH Vol 19 No 2, Summer 2019 – This issue focuses on Food Security and Migration with a concentration on the Texas/Mexico border. It also includes a review of a new book by Texas Hunger Initiative director Jeremy Everett, and a continued discussion on how we should respond to panhandlers.
  • HNH Vol 19 No 1, Spring 2019 – This issue features stories about the UN Sustainable Development Goals, plus an installment on what we hope will be an ongoing conversation about panhandling.

Volume 18

We are pleased to announced that Hunger News & Hope received five Associated Church Press Awards for work in 2018: HNH received the “Best in Class” Award of Merit; “The Real Sermon” by Robert Darden received Honorable Mention for a Devotional or Inspirational Article; “How 2017 Natural Hazards Affected Food Security” by Rachel Boyle received the Award of Merit for a Feature Article; Linda Freeto’s Special Report, “Water Issues at Home and Abroad” received Honorable Mention for In-Depth Coverage; and The Summer 2018 issue, “From Water Crisis to Water Justice,” received Honorable Mention for a Theme Issue.

  • HNH Vol 18 No 1 Spring 2018 –  This issue, called “Acts of God,” is about natural hazards that lead to disaster situations–but, more importantly, it is also about spontaneous and creative responses to those disasters, and it includes ways you, too, can help. Pages four and five of this issue contain a map, created by intern Rachel Boyle, that goes across the spread.  Click here for a separate pdf of the the center spread, so that you can more easily see the map.
  • HNH Vol 18 No 2, Summer 2018 – This is a special 16-page issue about water justice. It includes a special report about water issues, a first-hand story about the Flint, MI, water crisis, innovations in water technology, things you can do to conserve water, and much more.  We hope this issue with be useful for you as we navigate this global crisis.  Look also in HNH Vol 18 No 3 for a story about MedWater, a nonprofit that is working with Indigenous people of Ecuador to provide safe, clean water for their communities.And, while we’re on the subject of water justice, the 2017 Sacred Seasons Hunger Emphasis packet, “Let Justice Roll Down Like Water,” was also designed around that theme.  If you’d like to receive a promotional copy, email
  • HNH Vol 18 No 3, Fall 2018 – This issue continues the water justice theme of the summer issue with a story about MedWater, a nonprofit based on Louisville, KY, that works with Indigenous people of Ecuador to provide safe, clean water for their communities.  It also includes stories about how to respond to panhandlers, and a couple of inspirational pieces as well.

Volume 17

We are also delighted to announce that Hunger News & Hope received four Associated Church Press awards for work in 2017. HNH received the “Best in Class” Award of Excellence. Chelle Samaniego’s “The Perfect Storm: How Aid Cuts, Drought & War Will Kill 20 Million People This Year If We Don’t Help” (in the Spring 2017 issue), received the Award of Merit for a feature article in a newspaper or newsletter. Linda Freeto’s “Special Report: US Poverty, Food Security & the Federal Budget” (from the Summer 2017 issue) received the Award of Merit for in-depth coverage in a newspaper or newsletter. The Summer 2017 issue, “How the Federal Budget Will Affect People in Poverty,” received an Honorable Mention for a theme issue in a newspaper or newsletter.

  • HNH Vol 17 No 3 Winter 2017 –  This special education issue includes a story about food insecurity on college campuses, a recent push to outlaw “food shaming” in schools, and a story about the Baylor School of Education’s Children’s Defense Fund Freedom School.
  • HNH Vol 17 No. 2 Summer 2017 – This 12-page issue includes a special report on how the proposed 2018 US Federal budget will affect poor and hungry people, as well as stories about some of the assistance programs facing drastic cuts.
  • HNH Vol 17 No 1,  Spring 2017 – This issue includes a story about impending famine in four countries–a condition that UN officials say could be the worst famine since 1945. It also includes practical things you can do to help.

Volume 16

We are pleased to announce that Hunger News & Hope has once again received two Associated Church Press awards—this time for our work in 2016.  One is a “Best in Class” Award of Merit, and one is an Award of Excellence for a theme issue, specifically our Women & Poverty issue from the summer of 2016.  See below.

  • HNH Vol 16 No 4 – This issue covers such diverse topics as the Housing First trend in responding to homelessness, solving world hunger problems by eating bugs (no; really), and a young person’s reflections on a poverty simulation experience.
  • HNH Vol 16 No 3, Summer 2016 – This is a special 12-page theme issue dedicated to women and poverty. It includes stories about women in poverty all over the world, plus book reviews and some practical things you can do.
  • HNH Vol 16 No 2, Spring 2016 – This issue includes stories about homeless youth and the history of Seeds (as we enter our 25th year in Waco!) as well as a review of Our Pebble in the Pond, a novel about homelessness by Merrill Davies.
  • HNH Vol 16 No 1Winter 2016 –  The US Congressional Hunger Commission’s report and recommendations, an update on the Ebola countries in West Africa, an update on Nepal and a review of a Deep Space Nine episode from 1995.

Volume 15

We are proud to announce that Hunger News & Hope received two “Best of the Christian Press” awards from Associated Church Press for 2015 publications. One is a “Best in Class” Award of Merit, and one is an Award of Merit for a theme issue, for the Summer 2015 issue about immigration. (Special kudos to Linda Freeto for a huge amount of work on that issue!)

  • HNH Vol 15 No 1Winter 2015 –  UN Sustainable Development Goals, responding to senior hunger, food-rescue programs, the 2015 Hunger Report (When Women Flourish…We Can End Hunger), why Central American children are driven to the US, the 2015 Bread for the World Offering of Letters.
  • HNH Vol 15 No 2, Spring 2015 – This issue includes a lead story about the Older Americans Act and a “Homelessness” Glossary, plus stories about the Food Research & Action Center’s Food Hardship report, a 10-year-old who is raising money for hunger causes and Homestretch, a film about homeless youth.
  • HNH Vol 15 No 3, Summer 2015 – This issue is all about immigration, and includes a special four-page section about that subject by Linda Freeto. It also includes book reviews, a first-hand account of the Fast for Families and several person stories, including “The Undocumented American Dream.”
  • HNH Vol 15 No 4, Fall 2015 – This issue includes information about the United Nations General Assembly’s new Sustainable Development Goals (they replace the Millennium Development Goals), stories about creative people who are making a difference in their world, and a review of the movie The Good Lie.

Volume 14

We are delighted to announce that Hunger News & Hope received two Associated Church Press awards for 2014: a “Best in Class” award and an Award of Merit for a theme issue–our “US Prisons and Poverty” issue (see Vol 14 No 3, below).  Our thanks go out to everyone who makes this work possible!

  • Vol 14 No 1Winter 2014 –  Millennium Development update, Free the Children, Shoes for the Greater Good, a history of hunger in Ethiopia, a program for homeless students, victories for food justice at Hershey’s and Wal-Mart
  • Vol 14 No 2 , Spring 2014 –  The 2014 Farm Bill, fair-trade coffee & tea in China, homelessness & US veterans, curriculum for a new generation of anti-hunger leaders, 2014 Offering of Letters
  • Vol 14 No 3, Summer 2014 – This issue is dedicated to US prisons and their affect on poverty: includes an overview of the subject; a story about Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles; a four-page pullout section called “40 Days in Orange,” about an attorney who wore a prison uniform for Lent; a review of The New Jim Crow, with an accompanying resource called “Building the Movement to End the New Jim Crow.”
  • Vol 14 No 4, Fall 2014 – China’s ascent from famine to World Aid, Housing programs like Housing First and 100,000 Homes, Ebola’s effect on food security, liturgical resources

Volume 13

  • Vol 13 No 1, Winter 2013 –  Who’s Hungry in the World? (Afghanistan & Syria), New Ways to Measure Food Insecurity, the Last Days of the 112th Congress
  • Vol 13 No 2, Spring 2013 – 10 Myths about Immigration, Food-Security Profiles of Cameroon, Mali, Yemen and Guatemala
  • Vol 13 No 3, Summer 2013 –  Hunger in US suburbs, Mercy Ships, obesity in low-income children, Gates foundation’s fight against disease. (This issue also contains a four-page pullout section: “Food Security: A Casualty of War.”)
  • Vol 13 No 4, Fall 2013 –  The Great Divide,” a story about the wealthiest 1 percent in the US; a story about the real-estate bubble in China; a story about why Africa is rich, but Africans are poor; and a review of Behind the Beautiful Forevers, a Pulitzer-Prize winning book about Mumbai.

Volume 12

Volume 11

Volume 10

Volume 9

  • Vol 9 No 1, Summer 2007 — A Special Worship Edition: Bread for All; (contains a sermon, a liturgy, a children’s activity, a dramatic reading for youth, and more)

Volume 8

(contains special section: “What’s in the 2007 US Budget, and How Will It Affect the Poor?”)

Volume 7

(contains special section with two opinions about Wal-Mart)

Volume 6

(contains special section with two opinions about trade globalization)

Volume 5

(contains special section: “Is Material Aid Good or Bad?”)

Volume 4

(contains special section on how environmental justice affects hunger and poverty)
  • Vol 4 No 4, Fall 2002 — World Agriculture 2030: WFP Says Global Food Production Will Exceed Population Growth

Volume 3

(contains 12 pages of global news)

Volume 2

Volume 1