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Working-Class Blog Highlights Berg’s Ideas on the Relationship Between Livable Wages & Hunger

September 15, 2009

The Center for Working-Class Studies‘s Blog from Youngstown State University – the first interdisciplinary academic center in the country devoted to understanding and making visible working-class culture – posted a great article today about the relationship between living wages and hunger. Sherry Linkon, the author of the post, was inspired by Executive Director Joel Berg’s involvement with the working-class wing of the good food movement after she interviewed him in July.

Excerpts by Linkon from the post:

Until recently, I’ve been largely ignoring the movement to change how we eat.  Too much of the movement focuses on upper-middle class denizens of big coastal cities, people sipping on soy lattes as they drive their Volvo stations wagons out to do a shift of sweat equity on a small community-supported farm and who pay twice what I’d be willing to spend for organically-raised free-range buffalo meat..In the past few months, I’ve had the opportunity to talk with two men who are part of the working-class wing of the good food movement, men whose work goes far beyond feeding people.  They also foster cross-class coalitions in support of good wages, fighting crime, and improving the environment…Joel Berg is the executive director of the New York City Coalition Against Hunger.  When I interviewed him in July, he told me that more than 36 million Americans can’t afford to buy enough food, and about a third of them are children.  Food banks help, but he says the real problem is low wages.  Most of those who don’t have enough food live in families where at least one person works.  The problem is that too many working-class jobs won’t support a family.  His answer to hunger in America:  livable wages…”

Read the full article here.

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