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Higher Ed Policy Watch Investigates Top Story

PW special report: Low pay, high cost of living are sending UNC System grad students to food pantries

Folasewa Olatunde didn’t want to go to the dentist. But sharp pain and inflammation in her mouth told her she should. The dentist told her she needed to have a molar removed and some cavities filled. The cost: more than $3,000.

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Radio Interviews

Durham elementary school teacher Turquoise Parker tells us about a remarkably successful, all-volunteer initiative she’s developed to combat K-12 student hunger

Learn more about Turquoise Parker’s amazing efforts here and here.
Connect with Mrs. Parker’s by email or social media and learn how to volunteer in her ongoing hunger relief efforts:
Via Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @PrkrsProfessors.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/turquoiselejeune
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ohgorgeous1/

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Original Commentary Other Voices Progressive Voices Top Story

‘Must read’ report: The persistent and pervasive challenge of child poverty and hunger in North Carolina

Sometimes we get used to things we should never get used to. North Carolina countenances extraordinary levels of child hunger and poverty. For perspective, the United States, tragically, lets more of its citizens, especially its kids, live in wrenching poverty than almost any advanced, democratic nation. The United Nations rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights has decried the “shockingly high number of children living in poverty in the United States.” The U.S. has, by far, the highest child poverty rate among peer nations.

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News Top Story

Monday numbers: A closer look at NC’s deeply uneven economic recovery and an important tool for making it work better

There have been countless shortcomings in the responses of federal and state officials to the COVID-19 crisis over the past year and a half, but things have also improved dramatically since President Biden took office and here’s a very practical example:

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COVID-19 News Top Story

Hunger soars in NC in the wake of the pandemic

Nonprofits, food banks expand, but still struggle to serve all the people who can't afford groceries  A crew of workers recently parceled flour, bags of broccoli, bottled water, bread, and other essentials into boxes, as vehicles lined up in the parking lot of a Durham apartment complex.

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COVID-19 Education Top Story

Positive virus tests spurs Durham Public Schools to cancel popular meals program

A week ago, Durham Public Schools (DPS) bus driver Gail Clay was what’s known these days as an "essential employee." That meant the work Clay did was important enough that she was expected to show up while DPS employees with less essential jobs or jobs they could perform remotely were told to stay home to help slow the spread of COVID-19.  Clay’s “essential” duties included delivering food to needy students ordered to stay home since March 13 after Durham became one of the first districts in the state to announce it would close schools to help battle the contagious and deadly virus.

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News Policy Watch Investigates Uncategorized

Hungry, with no end in sight

Sylvia Cameron skips more meals each week than she wants to recall. The 51-year-old Orange County woman makes half-hearted jokes about the missed ...
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