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Groups fill gaps in food access in WA school district / Public News Service

When school districts are unable to offer summer school classes, it can have a major impact on how children receive meals. Case in point: the Mount Adams School District in the Yakima Valley, where staff shortages mean about 800 children are missing breakfast and lunch this summer. Groups like Yakima Valley Partners for Education and …

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States May Make Baby Formula More Available to WIC Participants / Public News Service

Buying baby food online could soon be a reality for those participating in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). The federal government said states could apply for grants to improve their programs for people with WIC benefits. WIC participants buy almost half of the nation’s baby formula, but cannot use …

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Hunger advocates celebrate progress vow to continue fight / Public News Service

California’s new budget extends CalFresh’s benefits to undocumented low-income people ages 55 and older, and now proponents want to build on their advances. The Food4All initiative wants to remove age restrictions and immigration status. asm. Miguel Santiago, D-Boyle Heights, commended the governor and legislature for the expansion but said it’s unacceptable that some families in …

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CT Rep tries to create new food safety regulator / Public News Service

A Connecticut congresswoman is among those urging the government to overhaul the way it deals with food safety issues. Fifteen federal agencies deal with food safety—but a bill in Congress recommends a sixteenth. It would create the Food Safety Administration under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to direct several food safety programs …

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New Surface for Summer Food Benefits for MN Children / Public News Service

In the coming days, many Minnesota families with young children struggling with food insecurity should receive financial assistance to get them through the rest of the summer. Minnesota has been approved for another round of funding under the federal Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer initiative. For eligible households, money is loaded onto EBT debit cards for …

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Long lines to empty shelves hurt Ohio’s Hunger Response Network / Public News Service

New faces, longer lines and empty shelves: Ohio’s hunger relief network is sounding the alarm as it faces unprecedented challenges. At the Southeast Ohio Foodbank in Logan, director Rose Frech said they are dealing with severe food shortages with inventory at about 15% of capacity. That has forced her to make difficult decisions, she said, …

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Oakland Nonprofit Stocks Community Fridges to Fight Hunger / Public News Service

Local Bay Area nonprofits are fighting hunger in low-income neighborhoods by stocking corner shops and “community refrigerators” across the city with free healthy meals. The HOPE Collaborative in Oakland has received a $5,500 grant from the Health, Environment, Agriculture and Labor Food Alliance – known as HEAL – to support this effort. Elizabeth Esparza — …

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MO Group Receives Grant to Support Immigrant Refugee Meat Plant Workers / Public News Service

An organization in rural Missouri receives financial support to empower meat-processing workers, especially immigrants and refugees, and to help them speak up for themselves. The Rural Community Workers Alliance (RCWA), based in Milan near the Smithfield plant, said it will use a new Rapid Response grant from the HEAL Food Alliance to organize workers, ensure …

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HEAL Grant Strengthens Workers Center Programs in Central NY/Public News Service

An organization in central New York is getting a funding boost to help workers still struggling with the financial impact of the pandemic. The Workers’ Center of Central New York says it will use a new grant from the HEAL Food Alliance to help with some of the unanticipated expenses its members are unable to …

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Study Food insecurity is a major problem for college students in Utah / Public News Service

There may be some truth to the phrase “starving college student” struggling to graduate. A survey of students enrolled at Utah colleges and universities found that chronic food insecurity is a major concern for many. The survey, commissioned by Utahns Against Hunger, asked students at multiple Utah universities whether they had regular access to enough …

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