About Renee Targos

Renee is a former journalist and editor for national arts and business publications. As a writer for Food for the Hungry, Renee explores and reports on the work and relationships of partners, FH staff and impoverished communities.
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Update: Typhoon Haiyan Survivors Desperate for Help

On November 8, Typhoon Haiyan destroyed nine regions of the Philippines affecting 11.3 million people. Local officials are saying 10,000 people have died and 600,000 people are displaced. Haiyan, the largest typhoon to hit land in recorded history, leveled homes and buildings, leaving thousands of Filipinos without shelter, access to water, food or electricity. Food […]

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Nicaragua: Deadly Dengue Fever Epidemic

What is dengue fever? There are many strains of dengue fever. All of them transmitted to people through mosquito bites.  The more mild varieties cause high fevers and other flu-like symptoms. If infected with this type, the survival rate is high. Then there is another class of dengue fever. The kind with 106 degree fevers […]

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Children: 100 Percent Nourished

   In Camarines Norte, Philippines, the M. Guinto Elementary School leaders faced a big problem with many students—malnutrition. Out of the 130 students, 38 children (ages 6 to 10) came to class each day weakened by not having enough food to eat. The school got funding from the government for one meal per week for […]

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Got Your Goat?

  Many of us love our dogs or cats. They provide us with companionship and comfort—and often make us laugh. But what about goats? Did you ever think of loving a goat? A girl named Hannah Jane loves her goats. In the Philippines, two goats provided her family with hope and helped to relieve their […]

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Beating Malnutrition with Tasty Cooking

  To combat the malnutrition, Food for the Hungry (FH) created care groups for fathers and mothers to learn about nutritious foods and hygiene for disease prevention and improve health. The care groups consisted of one FH staff teaching 10 to 15 people. Once the people in the group learned the information, they formed their […]

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Having a Big, Beautiful Cow

The path to better nutrition started with beautiful Bolivian cows. For Agustin, age 53, he started growing a variety of 100 percent organic crops, earning income and feeding his children. And his cows helped him—producing manure to improve the soil for stronger plants. The cows also produced milk that the family sold for income and […]

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That’s a Lot of Potatoes!

Potatoes. Let’s contemplate the solanum tuberosum. According to the North Carolina Potato Association, spuds are the second most consumed food in the United States. The wonderful tater is a great source of fiber, vitamin C, minerals that prevent cancer and heart disease, and each one provides more than 600 mgs. of potassium. Americans consume about […]

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World Food Day: Apples, Potatoes and Chickens

World Food Day is celebrated every October 16 in honor of the formation of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations in 1945. It’s a day for everyone to pause…take a breath…and notice the work being done to end hunger worldwide. This year’s theme is: Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and […]

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The Secret of Backyard Gardens

What’s the secret of successful backyard gardens? It’s all about the gardeners.  A gardener who is committed to working the land with wisdom and understands the growing process can nurture plants to grow. With patience and care, the garden will produce nutritious foods every year. Gardens fit well into this year’s United Nations’ theme for […]

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Empowering Leaders for Saving Lives

Food for the Hungry (FH) is being recognized for innovation in helping vulnerable people. InterAction and FedEx selected FH as one of their top six candidates to receive the 2013 “The FedEx Award for Innovations in Disaster Preparedness.“  The award’s goal is to bring awareness to programs that are efficient and effective in saving lives […]

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