Each September, in recognition of Hunger Action Month, people across the country come together to shine a light on this issue to support those who face hunger and food insecurity. It is a time for individuals and corporations to stand together to fight hunger in the United States. This is especially critical today, as many families are experiencing food insecurity for the first time due to COVID-19. In fact, food banks estimate that 40 percent of their current visitors need assistance as a direct result of the pandemic.3 Due to the strong link between food security and physical health, these staggering statistics also mean an increase in chronic conditions and healthcare costs.4 … [Read more...] about Fighting Food Insecurity to Build a Brighter, Healthier Future
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But Democrats rejected that offer, contending that without more federal funding, state and local governments -- which combined employ about 23.2 million essential workers -- will be forced to lay off employees and cut essential services. Republicans have argued it's a "blue state bailout" for governments they say were languishing financially before the pandemic hit. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus aid stalemate: What are the biggest sticking points?
“There seem to be more people canning than ever before -- from the much higher number of inquiries coming into the National Center for help than in the past, and from the large number of participants I hear are attending virtual food preservation classes that Extension educators around the country have been offering," said Andress, a professor and Extension food safety specialist at the University of Georgia. … [Read more...] about Some gardeners in a pickle over scarce canning supplies
“Today’s meager announcements by the president show President Trump still does not comprehend the seriousness or the urgency of the health and economic crises facing working families," Pelosi and Schumer said in a joint statement Saturday. "We’re disappointed that instead of putting in the work to solve Americans’ problems, the President instead chose to stay on his luxury golf course to announce unworkable, weak and narrow policy announcements to slash the unemployment benefits that millions desperately need and endanger seniors’ Social Security and Medicare." … [Read more...] about Trump orders $400-per-week unemployment payments amid COVID crisis, hits Dems for stonewalling
“I just think it’s insane now given the current situation in the pandemic,” said Le. “A lot of people are out of jobs. The restaurant industry took a really big hit. The only people in the game are someone who has a brick-and-mortar or received a loan or investors who want to ride out the pandemic.” The only option for most out-of-work cooks, he said, was to collect unemployment if they qualify; Koki does not. … [Read more...] about Popular East Bay pop-up restaurant Broke Ass Cooks shut down by health inspectors