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This Stanford Ph.D. Became A Fruit Picker To Feed California’s Hungry

This Stanford Ph.D. Became A Fruit Picker To Feed California’s Hungry

| December 19, 2013 | 1 Comment

Sarah Ramirez left a high-prestige career to bring California’s bounty of unsellable fruit to food banks in the state’s Central Valley. Her grassroots organization is trying to address a regional conundrum: While many area farms end up with imperfect fruit that can’t be sold to supermarkets, local farmworkers struggle to afford fresh produce.

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Amid Fields Of Plenty, A Farmworker’s Wife Struggles To Feed Her Family

Amid Fields Of Plenty, A Farmworker’s Wife Struggles To Feed Her Family

| December 18, 2013 | 1 Comment

Many can’t afford to buy the fresh produce that grows all around them, and some areas that grow enormous amounts of produce are among the highest in the nation when it comes to food insecurity.

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Social Supermarkets A ‘Win-Win-Win’ For Europe’s Poor

Social Supermarkets A ‘Win-Win-Win’ For Europe’s Poor

| December 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

Part discount grocer, part social service agency, the supermarkets limit membership to those who can prove they receive some form of welfare benefits. These stores, which are flourishing in Europe, sell food that’s been rejected by grocers but is still perfectly edible and would otherwise end up in landfills.

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KQED’s Forum: Should Food Stamp Users be Blocked from Buying Junk Food?

KQED’s Forum: Should Food Stamp Users be Blocked from Buying Junk Food?

| December 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

The federal food stamp program, known as SNAP, supports one in seven Americans at a cost of around $80 billion each year. With almost 70 percent of adult Americans overweight, some nutrition advocates want to prohibit SNAP recipients from using food stamps to purchase junk food such as soda and chips. Opponents say that such restrictions would unfairly target the poor and limit their food options. KQED’s Forum discusses the issue.

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Loophole Or Workaround? (Food Stamp Edition)

Loophole Or Workaround? (Food Stamp Edition)

| December 5, 2013 | 1 Comment

In the debate over whether to cut the food stamp program, members of Congress are looking at two pretty arcane provisions in the law.

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Cyclists Plan to Use Pedal Power to Help San Francisco and Marin Food Banks

Cyclists Plan to Use Pedal Power to Help San Francisco and Marin Food Banks

| November 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

The 8th Annual Supermarket Street Sweep is a charity bike race that benefits the San Francisco and Marin Food Banks. This year’s event takes place on Saturday, December 7.

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See How Food Stamp Cuts Are Hitting Across The U.S.

See How Food Stamp Cuts Are Hitting Across The U.S.

| November 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

Oregon as a local food movement hub? That’s obvious. Less so is the fact that one in five state residents rely on food stamps. That’s one of the surprising facts that stand out in an interactive map that tracks how cuts that went into effect on Nov. 1 are affecting the country.

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Philippines Disaster Rekindles Fight Over Food Aid Rules

Philippines Disaster Rekindles Fight Over Food Aid Rules

| November 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Philippine disaster is an example why it increasingly makes sense to buy food close to where its needed rather than ship it across the globe. Most U.S. food aid, though, travels to hotspots from U.S. ports. Critics say that wastes time and money.

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Bison Brewery Grows Hops in Oakland, Brews Up Local Beer

Bison Brewery Grows Hops in Oakland, Brews Up Local Beer

| November 4, 2013 | 2 Comments

When Bison Brewery decided to grow hops in Oakland they didn’t expect to end up with plants all over the city, 40 kegs of specially-brewer beer and a festival this weekend. But, that’s what they harvested.

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In the Trash: The Wasted 40% of Food

In the Trash: The Wasted 40% of Food

| October 14, 2013 | 5 Comments

In the U.S., 40% of the food we produce gets throw away. Most of that ends up in landfills, instead of on the plates of the hungry. A few organizations in the Bay Area are hoping to change that.

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Feminist Hulk Smash Shutdown, Rescue Women On Food Aid!

Feminist Hulk Smash Shutdown, Rescue Women On Food Aid!

| October 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

Twitter icon Feminist Hulk is pummeling away at the shutdown’s funding threats to WIC, the federal program that provides essential food aid to pregnant women and mothers with young children. And she’s using her nearly 74,000 followers to help – setting up an online resource to help families left in the lurch find baby food and formula.

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Government Shutdown Leaves Program Feeding Women and Infants in Lurch

Government Shutdown Leaves Program Feeding Women and Infants in Lurch

| October 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

Some state programs serving low-income women with young children at nutritional risk may run out of funding by next week. Other states have enough funding to provide benefits — which average $45 per month — through October.

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Trader Joe’s Ex-President To Turn Expired Food Into Cheap Meals

Trader Joe’s Ex-President To Turn Expired Food Into Cheap Meals

| September 21, 2013 | 0 Comments

In the United States, 40 percent of the food produced annually goes to waste. Doug Rauch, former president of Trader Joe’s, wants to do something about it. He’s opening a restaurant that will transform produce past its sell date into healthful take-out food.

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House Votes To Slash $40 Billion From Food Stamp Program

House Votes To Slash $40 Billion From Food Stamp Program

| September 19, 2013 | 1 Comment

The bill would cut funding for the program over the next 10 years and affect an estimated 4 million Americans. The measure, passed narrowly along party lines, is not expected to pass the Senate.

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