By Ellen Chang, Contributor to Aunt Bertha Women have many reasons to celebrate on Aug. 26, Women’s Equality Day: pay gaps have shrunk, more females are leading companies as CEOs, and dozens of women have run successfully for political office at the national level. For over four decades, Congress has celebrated Women’s Equality Day to…

By Matthew Price, Contributor to Aunt Bertha Do the dog days of summer have you thinking it’s too hot to work out? There are several options available to keep your fitness routine going while keeping cool. The following dozen ideas can help you maintain an exercise routine when the summer heat gets to be too…

Over 20 million children rely on free and reduced-cost meals at school. During the summer months, the federal government funds programs so these children have access to meals while school is not in session. The two main summer–meal programs, the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) Seamless Summer Option and the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)…

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At Aunt Bertha, we’re seeing a growing disparity between searches for food assistance and the supply of local programs to meet demand, a trend that seems to be worsening with time.

We’ve got smartphones, GPS everywhere, amazing digital assistants that do our bidding via voice command, and robots ready to take over the world. But we’re still sweating. A lot. It’s a problem. Every summer is a harsh reminder that as advanced as our technology has gotten, we’re still trying to solve the basic problem of…

Summer dog, panting

by Jodi N. Gonzalez, Contributor to Aunt Bertha The dog days of summer are here, and not just for us humans. Our furry friends are in the heat of it as well, and keeping them cool is a top priority. Staying inside is the obvious way to avoid the summer heat, but pets still want…

Extreme summer heat can add hardship for folks already struggling from paycheck to paycheck. When temperatures soar into triple digits, many people are forced to choose between keeping the A/C running and other essentials such as rent, food, and prescriptions. The lack of air conditioning in one’s home, work, and surroundings not only present barriers…

School supplies

By Ellen Chang, Contributor to Aunt Bertha As students are counting down the last days of summer, parents are scouring ads for discounts on school supplies. The cost of supplies, ranging from pencils and backpacks to laptops continues to rise annually. The National Retail Federation, a Washington, D.C.-based trade group, and Prosper Insights and Analytics,…