December 8, 2010
Posted: 11:23 AM ET
December 7, 2010
Posted: 07:12 PM ET
By Bill Ayres
Hunger affects over 50 million people in the U.S. The chances are that you already know someone who is affected by hunger. Families with children, the elderly, and working people are in need of support, especially but not limited to the holiday season.
In response to this need, the National Hunger Hotline has been created. It is a service of the National Hunger Clearinghouse, funded in part by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service, and managed by WhyHunger. Below are just two of the recent stories we've we heard from people across the country in need of food assistance.
–A veteran of the United States Air Force recently called the Hotline in need of food resources to last him a month. The veteran had recently completed his four years of service and was set to join the Coast Guard in two months but was unable to provide the necessary shelter and food for his family of six in the interim. At the time of his call he was en route to a doctor’s appointment to meet his pregnant wife and was unable to write down the numbers. Instead, the Hotline advocate emailed him a list of food pantries that he would be able to access for the month as well as the commodities program at his local food bank.
–One of our grassroots partners, Lana, was trying to locate 50 meals a day for a low-income senior program. She made dozens of calls, including trying to enlist the support of a local politician, to no avail. We connected her to a model food pantry in the area, and they conducted a site visit. After the visit, the head of nutrition services passed away, and the case appeared to be in limbo. We re-connected Lana with the Executive Director and helped her to clarify details about the operation that had been an obstacle to her request.
A few weeks ago, we received an email from Lana stating that the senior center is now receiving 50 meals from the pantry daily. In addition, she contacted the local politician, who presented the pantry with a $5000 check for their work. She thanked us for “getting things done while others made promises.”
Need Help Finding Food?: Call the National Hunger Hotline 1-866-3 HUNGRY and 1-877-8 HAMBRE (1-866-348-6479 and 1-877-842-6273) to get connected to emergency food assistance, government programs, and model grassroots organizations that work to improve access to healthy, nutritious food, and build self-reliance. Help is available Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm and Saturdays from 10am-2pm EST.
You can help us help those in need by visiting www.whyhunger.org.
Posted: 11:10 AM ET
Stars gathered in Hollywood Sunday night to support and raise money for The Trevor Project, an organization focused on suicide and crisis prevention for lesbian, gay and bisexual youth.
According to The Trevor Project, lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth are up to four times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers and more than 1/3 of LGB youth report having made a suicide attempt.
To get help for yourself or someone you know, The Trevor Lifeline has trained volunteer counselors standing by at 866-4-U-TREVOR (866-488-7386) or visit trevorproject.org for more information.
December 6, 2010
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December 1, 2010
Posted: 04:35 PM ET
That sound you hear creeping up the Billboard charts- the combination of The Clash’s white riotous punk with Steve Earle’s swaggering Texas stomp- is coming to a town near you.
The Old 97's – favorite sons of Dallas, TX- make music for the cowboy boot-wearing, purple-haired, coffee house patronizing, flannel-donning, soccer parent in all of us. In other words, they are the everyman’s band. And not just because they are regular, nice guys.
Their music is laden with hooks; it’s indelibly catchy, and it’s some serious rock & roll. It’s the kind of music that would sound just as good in a desolate bar as it would on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (the latter proven just a couple of weeks ago). Their latest album The Grande Theatre, Volume One was released earlier this fall (Volume Two will be out next Spring) to critical acclaim and the band’s highest chart position to date—after 18 years as a band. Partly responsible for such accolades is a song called “Champaign, Illinois” – the rousing rave-up at the center of the new album. Old 97's singer/songwriter Rhett Miller and bassist Murry Hammond sat down with LKL and we began by asking them about the curious lyric in the aforementioned hit song.
LKL: So is it better to end up in Heaven or Champaign, Illinois?
Rhett Miller: I actually did this whole thing on twitter yesterday because we played it on Leno last night and I’ve gotten some grief about “Champaign, Illinois” from residents of the city and the story behind it is this: It was a late night drive, I was the only one awake, I had the melody to a Dylan song “Desolation Row” stuck in my head, so I rewrote lyrics for it to keep myself awake. When I was writing it I had Champaign, Illinois pictured in my head as this quintessential college town. To me- as someone who only went to college for one semester and dropped out because I thought of it more as just killing time, but I didn’t have time to kill because I wanted to go play music and be in a rock band- Champaign isn’t so much meant to be hell but more purgatory. It’s where you go when you are just waiting around for something to happen.
Murry Hammond: It’s an anthem for townies all across the nation.
Miller: We love townies and we actually love Champaign, Illinois. When people get upset about it, I’m just like “Gosh there is no hate in that song!”
Hammond: It’s a winky emoticon. To me that song is about touring. It’s about touring and no town is better or worse than anything else, but at one point towns become just days on a calendar in a way. That’s kinda how that song goes.
LKL: Rhett, the genesis for this album was in Europe, correct?
Miller: I spent a month in Scandinavia opening up for the great Steve Earle, and between being inspired by him because he is just a wealth of information and he is also just a classic Texan song writer… and also being inspired by the locals. We had never really gotten to go to Europe. We have pretty much been an American band our entire career for better or worse– I know for worse because I definitely wish we would have gone to Europe earlier…
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