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It Takes More Than A Produce Aisle To Refresh A Food Desert

It Takes More Than A Produce Aisle To Refresh A Food Desert

| February 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

Residents of a Philadelphia neighborhood that lacked a grocer got a new market brimming with fresh fruit and veggies — but that didn’t change what they ate, a survey shows. Additional interventions — such as cooking classes and nutrition education — may be needed.

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Small Cuts To Food Stamps Add Up To Big Pains For Many Recipients

Small Cuts To Food Stamps Add Up To Big Pains For Many Recipients

| January 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

The proposed farm bill would cut nearly $1 billion a year from the food stamp program, known as SNAP. While it’s far less than what Republicans had originally wanted, the proposal will affect roughly 850,000 households, many of which are still struggling from cuts made only three months ago.

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New Bipartisan Farm Bill Emerges From Long Debate In Congress

New Bipartisan Farm Bill Emerges From Long Debate In Congress

| January 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

A five-year farm bill will end months of uncertainty for farmers and agriculture workers, its backers say. The Agricultural Act of 2014 would also end a long-criticized farm subsidy program.

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An Innovative Plan To Reel In Sport Fishermen To Feed The Hungry

An Innovative Plan To Reel In Sport Fishermen To Feed The Hungry

| January 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Fish is an important part of a healthful diet, but it can be hard to come by for groups that feed the hungry. A brand new scheme being launched this week in Maine aims to change that, by getting the state’s many sport fishermen to donate catch that would otherwise be discarded.

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Volunteers Most Needed to Feed the Hungry After the Holiday Season

Volunteers Most Needed to Feed the Hungry After the Holiday Season

| January 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Soup kitchens, food banks and nonprofits are overrun with volunteers during the holidays. But, the real need comes Jan. 1 — after the hordes disappear.

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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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