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  • As Shutdown Continues, Thousands Of Federal Workers Visit D.C.-Area Pop-Up Food Banks

    01/13/2019 9:58:14 AM PST · by Baynative · 87 replies
    NPR ^ | Jan 13, 2019 | Ian Stewart
    Early Saturday morning, nearly 200 people stood in the freezing cold outside a Maryland supermarket waiting to collect a small allotment of free food. They were federal employees, there to pick up fresh produce and canned goods from the Capital Area Food Bank, which organized five pop-up food distribution centers for government workers.
  • Food banks scramble to make Trump’s farm bailout work

    10/04/2018 11:27:30 PM PDT · by blueplum · 16 replies
    WaPo via MSN ^ | 04 Oct 2018 | Jeff Stein
    Food banks around the country said they may not be prepared to execute the Trump administration’s plan to get additional billions in food to hungry Americans...Last month, the administration set in motion a $1.2 billion program to send food to the nation’s food banks as part of its wider effort to bail out farmers hurt by the president’s trade war. Local food bank officials said they are thrilled by the opportunity to feed more Americans who need help, but worry they will not be able to process all of the newly available agricultural products that could double or triple the...
  • 46 million Americans go to food banks, and long lines for dwindling food supplies begin at 6:30 AM

    08/16/2015 5:07:46 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 91 replies
    The Economic Collapse Blog ^ | By Michael Snyder, on August 13th, 2015 | By Michael Snyder, on August 13th, 2015
    Those that run food banks all over America say that demand for their services just continues to explode. It always amazes me that there are still people out there that insist that an “economic collapse” is not happening. From their air-conditioned homes in their cushy suburban neighborhoods they mock the idea that the U.S. economy is crumbling. But if they would just go down and visit the local food banks in their areas, they would see how much people are hurting. According to Feeding America spokesman Ross Fraser, 46 million Americans got food from a food bank at least one...
  • FOOD BANKS STRUGGLE TO MEET SURPRISING DEMAND

    08/13/2015 12:07:09 PM PDT · by C19fan · 82 replies
    AP ^ | August 13, 2015 | Scott McFetridge
    Food banks across the country are seeing a rising demand for free groceries despite the growing economy, leading some charities to reduce the amount of food they offer each family. U.S. food banks are expected to give away about 4 billion pounds of food this year, more than double the amount provided a decade ago, according to Feeding America, the nation's primary food bank network. The group gave away 3.8 billion in 2013.
  • Muslim Woman Attacks Muslims For Demanding Halal Food At Minnesota Food Banks

    10/24/2014 2:46:47 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 37 replies
    International Business Times ^ | October 24, 2014 | Zoe Mintz
    ... “I’m about to put a smack down on my brothers and sisters,” Dedic wrote in her Facebook post on Oct 20. “Why on earth [do] they think it is okay to look into the eyes of the already generous US taxpayer and say your charity is not good enough for me. I demand special treatment.” ...
  • Shutdown Day 3: Food distributor stalled, charter boat captains docked

    10/04/2013 1:31:58 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 56 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | October 3, 2013 | CHARLES RABIN
    "......Feeding South Florida is just one of 202 food banks in the country hit hard by the Washington, D.C., stalemate. With 47 employees, it’s the largest of nine in Florida, responsible for 30 percent of statewide distribution. The agency distributes 35 million pounds of food a year from its 70,000-square-foot warehouse, everything from bananas and pears, to turkeys and hams, to soups and nuts, even baby formula. The USDA funding accounts for more than one-third of Feeding South Florida’s supply chain. On Thursday, its six open loading bays were filled with volunteers heaving food into U-Hauls and other trucks. The...
  • Marble Falls Helping Center needs help (TX)

    12/16/2011 8:51:20 PM PST · by bgill · 8 replies
    KXAN.com ^ | Dec. 12, 2011 | Jaqueline Ingles
    The pantry served about 200 families per month in 2010. Now, that number is up to 500 families due to the bad economy and recent wildfires. "I have never seen it this bad," said Sue Kennedy, the pantry's executive director. Items needed include: •Canned corn •Canned green beans •Canned black eyed peas •Water •Instant potatoes •Canned chili •Diapers •Cake Mixes
  • Activists Target Trader Joe's Over a Trashy, Tragic Practice

    07/11/2011 11:14:36 AM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 42 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Finance ^ | 7/7/11 | Alyce Lomax
    Lots of people adore funky grocer Trader Joe's. Its vegan pad thai is apparently so delicious that it sparked a smackdown between two women in the frozen-food aisle of a Manhattan location in January. However, the activists at Change.org want to pick a much bigger fight with Trader Joe's: They're accusing the chain of wasting food. Their campaign got a kick-start from documentary filmmaker Jeremy Seifert, who recorded Trader Joe's employees trashing huge bins full of salvageable food in his film Dive! Seifert is a self-professed "Dumpster diver," and he feeds his family with the perfectly good food retailers routinely...
  • High Gas Prices Hit South Bay Food Banks Hard

    04/11/2011 6:28:44 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies
    Cbs5.com ^ | 4/11/11 | KCBS
    SAN JOSE (KCBS) — Rising gas prices are worrying charities, particularly those that feed people. With gas hitting $4.50 a gallon, it’s a huge additional expense for Bay Area food banks, said Tami Cardenas with the Second Harvest Food Bank in San Jose. “Gas prices directly relate to the Food Bank’s core business because we have a fleet of 28 trucks that acquire and distribute food to the hungry all year long,”she said. “We have seen a 29 percent increase in the cost of diesel since December.” Cardinas said high gas prices have impacted their ability to acquire fruits and...
  • Food bank use rises across Canada

    11/16/2010 5:20:39 PM PST · by dynachrome · 10 replies
    CBC.ca ^ | 11-16-10 | unattributed
    Food bank use across Canada is at the highest level since 1997, with nearly 900,000 people turning to them in March 2010, says a survey released Tuesday. Food bank use across Canada is at its highest level since 1997. (CBC) The HungerCount 2010 survey found that 867,948 people used food banks in March 2010, an increase of 9.2 per cent or more than 73,000 people compared with the previous year. The figure was 28 per cent higher than in 2008. "This is a reality check. Food banks are seeing first-hand that the recession is not over for a large number...
  • Poll reveals 2009 hunger rate in US [18.2%]

    01/31/2010 10:58:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies · 733+ views
    Press TV ^ | January 31, 2010
    A new survey indicates that nearly one in five US households could not afford to buy enough food at least once during the past year. An anti-hunger group said the poll found 18.2 percent of households reported "food hardship" -- lacking money to buy enough food -- in 2009. The figure reflects a higher percentage than the government's "food insecurity" rating of 14.6 percent of households, or 49 million people, in 2008. "There are no hunger-free areas of America," Jim Weill of the Food Research and Action Center was quoted as saying by Reuters. He added that he hoped President...
  • THANKSGIVING 2009: 36 MILLION AMERICANS WILL BE FOOD “INSECURE”

    11/11/2009 7:46:23 AM PST · by Patriot1259 · 28 replies · 859+ views
    TheCypressTimes.com ^ | 11/11/2009 | Staff
    More than 36.2 million Americans – 11 percent of U.S. households – suffer from food insecurity. That is, their access to enough food is limited by a lack of money and other resources. -- More than 35 million Americans – one out of nine – are receiving food stamps, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. -- 17.5 percent of rural households with children are food insecure.
  • Food insecurity rears its head

    As many families gather for this splendid holiday feast, there are too many others who in the year suffer the American equivalent of hunger. This is more like deprivation and thankfully not the clinical malnutrition and starvation it is in the Third World. At the same time, this super-rich nation is also battling what is described as an epidemic of overweight and obesity. Obesity, according to the experts, is mushrooming faster than any other health problem. If not slowed down, it will exact $344 billion in health care costs in 2018. By that time 43 percent of Americans, or 103...
  • Bare necessities top holiday wish lists

    11/23/2009 2:35:09 PM PST · by FromLori · 17 replies · 905+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 11/23/09 | Andrea Billups
    Forget buying a ton of gifts. A week before Thanksgiving, the holidays are shaping up as a season of no frills. And for some, the joy of family time and gift-giving has been replaced this year by a quest for basic necessities as more jobs are lost and unemployment benefits start to expire. Michigan, with one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation at 14.8 percent in September, has a food crisis going into the holiday season. "We have people coming to the food bank who said they were donating to us last year, but who are now out...
  • Tons of Michael Phelps' Corn Flakes Sent to Food Bank

    03/11/2009 1:13:42 PM PDT · by Justaham · 27 replies · 1,030+ views
    www.nbcnewyork.com ^ | 3-11-09 | XANA O'NEILL
    They're grrrreat! Michael Phelps: Olympic Record Breaker View SlideshowMichael Phelps broke a 36-year-old record for most Olympic gold medals. Now he's apparently been caught smoking a bong. A month after Kelloggs dropped Olympic champion Michael Phelps' endorsement contract, a California food bank has gotten a sudden windfall: two tons of Frosted Flakes and Corn Flakes with the gold medal winner on the box. The boxes, featuring Phelps flashing his pearly whites, flew off the shelves at the San Francisco Food Bank and employees even kept a few as souvenirs, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
  • Food Pantries Struggling with Shortages

    11/22/2007 7:27:08 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 145 replies · 106+ views
    Yahoooooo! ^ | November 19, 2007 | Staff Writer @ AP
    Operators of free food banks say they are seeing more working people needing assistance. The increased demand is outstripping supplies and forcing many pantries and food banks to cut portions. Demand is being driven up by rising costs of food, housing, utilities, health care and gasoline, while food manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers are finding they have less surplus food to donate and government help has decreased, according to Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, executive director of the Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks. "I've been doing this for 20 years, and I can't believe how much worse it gets month after month," she...