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"food bank" Discussed on NoCo Now ? 1310 KFKA
"August thirty first. It's only forty dollars. There is that designated driver. We do encourage folks to do that. We do actually have a lot of people who attend. Who have their teenagers. just waiting on standby. That's all you can do that as well. You pay twenty bucks or something and say come. Pick me up and the biggest thing which people have been asking us. This used to be at twenty one and over only event so we couldn't have kids. They removed that. So we're allowed to have full families. If you've got two kids in strollers and whatnot. They'll be able to come into the event. Do they classify as the designated driver. Licensed it to to do that. i really appreciate it man so check out the facebook page. You guys have going as well if they want more information about the world food bank. What's the best way for them to do that. Visit us online weld foodbank dot org or give us a call. We are open back up to doing tours. So welcome to come in and check out our facility. See how we're doing things doing covert and hear about all the great work we've done. That again is only been possible through the incredible support of our community. All right my friend. Well hey i appreciate you coming in. I'm looking forward to it and listeners. Out there i'm going to be giving away two tickets here in the second hour so stay tuned in that ten o'clock hour we'll be given out two tickets for the hops for hunger for the world. Food bank. Coming up on september tenth western. Thank you so much. I appreciate it. Thank you all right. Well let's take a break. We'll come back on the other side and keep this thing rolling. Its noko now. Presented by the j nine agencies on north dakota voice. One zero three point one at thirteen ten k. k. Let's get to the bottom of hour news and weather center. What's happening in your own backyard. Listen to no co- now with tanner's swint a northern colorado's voice.
International Climate & Food
"I'm so hopeful about the food system in the us and around the globe the organization. I work for food. Tank was founded with the mission of highlighting stories of hope and success in the food system. Ultimately we hope to shine a spotlight on the movements and organizations that are creating more environmentally economically and socially just food and agriculture systems the urgency of meeting the sustainable development goals in solving the climate crisis through agreements like the paris agreement is crucial. Especially as we're still facing the impacts of the in nineteen pandemic food bank works at numerous partners in collaborators throughout the united states to highlight food systems best practices and we're so grateful to share some of their work as they strived towards enacting more sustainable agriculture practices preventing food loss and food waste and ensuring abundant health equality and justice within the food system. Let me give you a few examples. In sustainable agriculture there are many organizations working to make farming more sustainable as well as more productive accessible and affordable. The redoubt institute is an independent research institute for organic farming with many projects looking at soil help and land health and one of their projects that thirty year. Long farming systems. Trial is the longest running side by side comparison of organic and chemical agriculture. And they found that organic systems are consistently more resilient and productive than chemical systems. Some other efforts to address sustainability in agriculture in the united states include the north carolina environmental justice network which aims to support communities of color disproportionally impacted by environmental degradation. These projects are essential for addressing sustainable development goals related to healthy and resilient environments that protect both people and planet.
"food bank" Discussed on Boston Public Radio Podcast
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Thinner Mints: Girl Scouts Have Millions of Unsold Cookies
"The pandemic has taken a big bite out of girl scout cookie sales in a normal year the girl scouts raise about eight hundred million dollars selling their famous cookies like thin mints and samoas they depend on the cookie sales to fund programming like team work building an outdoor activities but because of the corona virus they have an unusual problem this year many troops next to their traditional cookie booths for safety reasons and they now have fifteen million boxes of unsold cookies online sales and even a partnership with GrubHub failed to make up the difference most of the cookies remain with the Kentucky and Indiana based bakers the bakery say they're working with the girl scouts to sell or donate to places like food banks in the military some local leaders complained of the pandemic exposed another problem with girl scouts enrollments are down almost thirty percent in the last ten years I'm Jennifer king
Jeffrey Toobin Returns to CNN After Exposing Himself on Zoom Call
"To the air for the first time in eight months and had to have a pretty painful conversation about why he hasn't been on TV. I feel like we should address. Um what's happened in the months since we've seen you So I guess I'll recap. I'll do the honors. Help yourself. Okay? Um, in October. You were on a zoom call with your colleagues from the New Yorker magazine. Everyone took a break for several minutes, during which time you were caught masturbating. On camera. You were subsequently fired from that job after 27 years of working there. Do I have all that right? You've got it. All right. Sad to say, I think one point I wouldn't exactly say in my defense because nothing is really in my defense. I didn't think I was on the call. I didn't think other people could see me now. That's not a defense. This was deeply moronic and indefensible. But I mean that that is part of that. That is part of the story. Um and you know, I have spent the seven subsequent months miserable months in my life. I can certainly Confess trying to be a better person. I mean in therapy, trying to do some public service working in a food bank, which I certainly I'm going to continue to do, but I am trying to become the kind of person That people can trust again. Uh, You can't watch. Oh, man, I cannot think of anything more awkward to watch than that interview. Give maybe one other
US hunger crisis persists, especially for children.
"America is starting to claw its way out of the economic fallout from the corona virus pandemic but food insecurity persists especially for children and older adults. Food banks around the us continue giving away far more canned packaged fresh provisions than they did before. The virus outbreak tossed millions of people out of work forcing many to seek something to eat for the first time for those who are now back at work. Many are still struggling paying back. Rent or trying to rebuild savings data from feeding america a national network of food banks in the us shows that its members dispensed far more in the last three months of twenty twenty compared with the same period in two thousand. Nineteen katie fitzgerald. Feeding america's chief operating officer said the networks members are still seeing demand above pre pandemic levels although final numbers for this year's first-quarter anti-eta valuable fitzgerald said she expects the food banks will collectively distribute the equivalent of six billion meals this year about the same amounts. They gave away last year and far above the four point. Two billion meals given out in two thousand and nineteen america's yearlong food insecurity crisis has been felt especially sharply by children who lost easy access to free school meals and all adults who struggled to get groceries or meals that senior centers because they are worried about contracting the virus.
US hunger crisis persists, especially for kids, older adults
"While America is starting to emerge from the economic crisis caused by the corona virus pandemic there's still no end in sight for food in security food banks across the country are still giving away far more canned packaged and fresh good stand before the pandemic feeding America says forty two percent more at the end of twenty twenty than the year before meanwhile schools to scramble to keep feeding students despite being closed Adrian Hamida school superintendent for Jefferson County Mississippi hammer meal from the school means a student may not meet all of their particular dates of older adults have also struggled turning to food banks and deliveries from charities like meals on wheels in all feeding America estimates network members will again distribute six billion meals this year the same as last year and far above the four point two billion meals given out in twenty nineteen I'm Ben Thomas
Biden Assesses Winter Storm Damage in Texas Promising Assistance
"Crisis we're in for the long haul. The Bidens visited a large food bank in Houston and stopped by an emergency operation center. Biden heard from local officials about massive power outages and serious problems with water supplies due to broken pipes. Florida Senator Rick Scott is telling attendees at today's conservative political action conference in Orlando, Florida to stand up to Democrats. Scott said both impeachments of President Trump
Biden heads to Texas to see storm damage, visit food bank
"Biden and the first lady arrived in Houston together. Welcomed by Texas Governor Greg Abbott, the first lady headed to a food bank, the president to an emergency operation center for a firsthand look at the recovery from the winter weather that walloped the state. My mother would say you're doing God's work at the Houston Food Bank, First lady Jill Biden helped bag canned food from residents who lost power and clean water. And others now without a safe place to live.
Food bank demand surges among military families amid pandemic
"CBS is Mark Strassmann reports that during this pandemic up to 40% of military families do not have enough to eat in. Many are forced to turn to food banks. The Department of Defense estimates the jobless rate for military spouses is 22%. Other estimates run as high as 35% in San Diego families using the Food Bank of the Armed Services Y M. C. A surged 400% during the pandemic. We're couldn't even go a full week without having to go get help. From a food pantry. Our family is worth it were worth getting the help that we need families helping defend America in a bruising battle against hunger.
Food bank demand surges among military families amid pandemic
"Unknown consequence of the pandemic up to 40% of military families who are serving this country. Do not have enough to eat, and many have been forced to turn to food banks. The Department of Defense estimates the jobless rate for military spouses is 22%. Other estimates run as high as 35% in San Diego families using the Food Bank of the armed Services Y M C, a surged 400% during the pandemic. We're couldn't even go a full week without having to go get help from a food pantry. Our family is worth it were worth getting the help that we need families helping Defend America. In a bruising battle against hunger.
California lawmakers approve $600 stimulus payments for 5.7 million people
"Lawmakers have approved at least $600 in one time payments for 5.7 million people making $30,000 or less It's part of a state size pandemic relief package aimed at helping those with low to moderate incomes. The state relief package includes $2 billion in grants for small businesses and waves of state fees for restaurants and hair salons. It also provides $30 million for food banks.
Biden declares major disaster in Texas in aftermath of winter storm
"President Biden has signed a major disaster declaration for the state of Texas, and he says he hopes to travel there next week. As long as he does not get in the way of winter storm recovery. The storm crippled the state's power grid. 78,000 customers remain without electricity today. The outages this week. Mean spoiled food and Texas Public radio's Paul Flag reports. A Texas was already dealing with historic levels of hunger, state mandated power blackouts caused mass spoilage and refrigerators and broken water pipes across San Antonio this week. Now long lines are being met by empty grocery shelves. That means more people without food and water to try and meet the need. The food bank is hosting seven mass food distribution events across the city. Air. Cooper is the president of the San Antonio Food Bank to think of a family that's dealing with the virus of this moment and and having these environmental conditions. It's just I it's over the army. It really is overwhelming. The city water utility will host its own distribution events. For NPR News. I'm Paul flying in
Gov. Inslee signs COVID-19 relief spending bill for Washington
"13 68 provides for hundreds of millions of dollars and assistance to renters, businesses and even school district's governor, James Lace, also provides $50 million for child care. $26 million for food banks and other programs. $91 million for income assistance. The measure was one of the earliest covert bills passed by the Legislature, though it did so on a mostly partisan vote, with Democrats supporting it, and Republicans in the House largely voting against it, however, all but two Republicans in the state Senate supported the bill. Jeff Pooja, Look come on. News lays in Corona virus vaccine shipments because of winter
Winter storm leaves millions without food, water and power
"Have now led to shortages of food and fresh drinking water cities, including Austin, Houston and San Antonio, are under boiled water notices until Monday. Or the 13 Million Texans are seeing interruptions in their water services in Harris County, home to Houston, officials had to rescue more than 8000 covert vaccines when power went out at the county Public Health Department. Sylvester Turner is the mayor of Houston. The hospital's lot of pressure is much better today. Then on yesterday depression. The jails, for example, is much better as of last night. Then it was Earlier part of the day and that should continue to improve. Meanwhile, supermarket chains have closed due to power outages and impassable roads, and those that managed to open often have empty shelves since delivery trucks haven't navigated the icy roads. Our plans are back online. But an estimated 325,000 homes still don't have electricity because of things like downed lines. Food banks in
Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively donate another $1 million to food charities
"For the second time. Since the pandemic began ryan reynolds and blake lively have donated one million dollars to support food banks in the us and canada overwhelmed by the increase in demand for their services. Both feeding america and food banks canada. I think the couple via social on monday for their financial support ryan and lively Also pledged five hundred thousand dollars to each organization at the pandemic's onsite in early. Two thousand twenty so. I love to see them paying.
Do Produce-Saver Products Really Keep Food Fresh Longer?
"My friend gary rights. I've been seeing ads for products that claim to absorb ethylene which allows produce to last longer to these products. Work would baking soda or activated charcoal. Do the same thing. I think we've all had the disheartening experience of having to throw away expensive fruits and vegetables because we didn't use them up quickly enough. No one likes to waste money of course but there's even more at stake with food waste we throw away. Shocking percentage of the food that we produce which is especially tragic when you consider how many people around the world experience hunger on a daily basis hunger and food. Insecurity is not just an issue in developing nations here in the united states the richest nation in the world within ten percent of households typically struggle to put food on the table and that number has increased by sixty six percent just since the beginning of the covid nineteen pandemic right now. Fifty million americans including seventeen million children do not have enough to eat on a regular basis. No matter where you live if you are lucky enough as i have been to have weathered this year long crisis without worrying about whether you'd be able to feed yourself and your family. Perhaps you will join me in donating to your local food bank or an organization like feeding america dot org. And if you or someone you know is experiencing hunger or food insecurity. You don't have to go it alone if you are in the. Us feeding america dot org can help. Connect you with resources in your area. Food waste is also a major player in climate change. Rotting food is responsible for almost ten percent of greenhouse gas emissions globally. In fact if oud waste were country it would come in third after the united states and china in terms of impact on global warming and fresh produce about a third of all the food that we throw away all of which is to say if a ten dollar product can keep us from throwing away so much food it would be money well spent and i'm happy to report that there is some solid science to support them but their usefulness maybe just a bit more targeted than the marketing sometimes suggests ethylene is a harmless gas. That's released or exhaled if you will buy fruits and vegetables. In general ethylene. Production increases as fruits ripen. And turn accelerates the ripening process so when we put unripe fruit in paper bag the idea is to trap some of that ethylene. That's being given off by the produce and use it to hasten the ripening process this works especially well for apricots bananas mangoes tomatoes avocados and melons. They're all particularly sensitive to ethylene gas. But once fruit is ripe continued exposure to ethylene can cause the fruit to become overripe and start to rot. Ethylene can also speed the decline of other types of produce according to horticultural scientist kathleen brown of penn state university at the lean can cause carrots and parsnips to get bitter broccoli and kale to turn yellow cucumbers and summer squash to get soft and mushy asparagus to turn tough apples to get mealie and lettuce to wilt herbs such as parsley and mint are also particularly sensitive to ethylene gas now low temperatures across the board reduce plants sensitivity to at the lane so just keeping produce refrigerated will help to preserve it for example if your avocados get ripe before you need them. You can hold them for a few days by putting them in the fridge. I find it most effective to move them into the fridge when they're still maybe a day short of fully ripe because some ripening will continue in the fridge but it goes much more slowly in addition you can use something to absorb ethylene gas. Today's episode supported by hair food. Hair food believes in feeding your hair like you. Feed your body with simple clean and nourishing ingredients it. Produces the softest and silk strands. You can imagine hair. Food offers different collections for every hair type and feature like the nourishing collection infused with the essences of coconut milk and chai spice for soft and healthy strands. It nourishes while it cleanses leaving your hair silky smooth and you won't believe how good it smells. It's like a warm mug of coconut milk. Chai plus haircut is always free of sulfates parabens dyes and mineral oils. I know i always appreciate products. That do a great job in smell. Good while they're doing it. So if you wanna feed your hair. Delicious nourishing ingredients feed it hair food. All their products are under ten dollars. And you can find them at amazon walmart and zeolite is a complex of minerals including aluminum and silica. That's highly absorbent. It's used as drying agent to suck moisture out of the air. This is also the stuff that makes clumping cat litter work but it also absorbs ethylene. Gas zero lights are widely used by food growers shippers and retailers to extend the life of fruits and vegetables in transit by slowing down the ripening process produce saving products that you may have seen in the consumer marketplace such as the green produce bags or the hollow ball. That you place in the crisper drawer of your fridge contain zeolite. And they are effective at absorbing lean and they can prevent types of spoilage. The bags are reusable but they do eventually lose their effectiveness. You can also buy a rechargeable zeolite filled ball to place in your crisper drawer to absorb ethylene gas now. Gary also asked whether baking soda or activated charcoal might be effective at absorbing ethylene. I can't find any data to suggest that baking soda would be particularly useful here. Activated charcoal can absorb but not nearly as effectively as zeolite. Interestingly that rechargeable ball. it's called the blue. Apple contains both zeolite and activated charcoal but the manufacturer only talks about charcoal in their marketing. I wonder if they think that charcoal sounds more natural and therefore would be more appealing to consumers than something unfamiliar like zeolite but in terms of absorbing ethylene gas. I suspect it's the zeolite that's actually doing. The heavy lifting their the chuckle may also have some odor absorbing properties. Keeping your produce in special ethylene absorbing bags may indeed extend the shelf life. Keeping high at the lean producers particularly apples and avocados quarantined from your other produce can also help just remember that ethylene is only one thing that can shorten the life of your produce and ethylene absorbing bag isn't gonna prevent moldy berries or slimy lettuce for example. The best way to keep fruits and vegetables from going bad and going to waste is really to eat them up
Dallas-Based Soul Band Teams up With Local Food Bank
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Bezos and Bloomberg among top 50 US charity donors for 2020
"The list of top charitable givers for twenty twenty is out Jeff base those who last week announced he was stepping down as Amazon CEO to devote more time to philanthropy in other projects top the list by donating ten billion dollars to launch the base those earth fund number two on the chronicle of philanthropy's annual rankings his ex wife mackenzie Scott she gave five point seven billion dollars last year to food banks human service organizations racial justice charities and other groups the third top giver was Michael Bloomberg founder of Bloomberg financial news company he donated one point six billion dollars I'm shortly after
New York Repeals 'Walking While Trans' Law
"It's 2021. There's no reason that people should still be profiled and police based on how they look or dress this week, New York State repealed all love. It's commonly been called the walking while Trans Bam! And it is a decades old law that has allowed police to stop people in the street for loitering if they were suspected of prostitution, and many advocates and legislators say enforcement of that law has disproportionately affected women and especially transgender women of color. Women have been arrested simply for walking home for standing alone. Talking with friends. W my sees Emily Lang unpacked the news of the repeal and what it means for many transgender women in today's episode of Consider this a news podcast from NPR and W N. Y C. Is that conversation with Rebecca Ibarra? Emily activists have fought for years to repeal this 1976 anti loitering law. So what was their immediate reaction? Activists are definitely relieved. For many. It's hard for them to say that they're elated or happy because they're still so many different ways that black and brown trans women can be harassed under the law or by police. And I mean this is the third time since 2017 that a repeal proposal has had Momenta Min, the state Legislature. So a lot of people are mainly thing. Finally. Um, but for someone like T s candy, who I spoke with men, she's essentially been one of the main faces of this repeal. Candy says, you know, after running up and down the halls of Albany trying to get people to listen now eating my words that she feels like she's now eating her words. We need to clarify Emily that this repeal does not mean people will stop being arrested for engaging in prostitution that's still illegal, right prostitution is still illegal. However, the fact of the matter is that 19% of all trans people and 47% of black trans women have engaged in sex work. And that's according to the U. S Transgender survey, just due to discrimination that trans folks across the board face Sex work is a way to earn an income were as an alternative to relying on homeless shelters and food banks. So while lot of lawmakers who voted for the bill do not support decriminalizing sex work The majority of trans rights activists see this repeal as leading them towards decriminalization. So what, if anything happens to people who have been previously arrested under the law? So this bill Included the ceiling of prior convictions and why that's important is because someone charged with this violation has a criminal record that isn't sealed, and so it can impact their access to housing employment on been many cases, their immigration or asylum seeking process so Norma Oh, Torrio is with make the road New York, and she's a trans right activists and immigrant before the vote. She was speaking at a rally about how being arrested under this statute impacted her ability to apply for residency in the U. S. The visa was arrested in Pacifica. Those can tango, no empathy doctor never off the narrow, which, after two years she still hasn't been able to gain So ceiling could help many people with their immigration status. Leslie what is New York's track record so far protecting the trans community and in that context How big of a change is this? Actually, So In recent years, groups have managed to secure support from Governor Cuomo and passing the Gender expression Nondiscrimination act also known as agenda, which tremendous the human rights law to prohibit discrimination based on gender, identity or expression. They've gotten him to ban conversion therapy on minors. But when the walking while Trans Coalition speaks to a new era, the majority of folks are referring to their fight to de criminalize sex work, which in Albany, there may not be the same support that there was around this repeal, so to be interesting to see how lawmakers respond. That's W and my seat producer Emily Lang talking to Rebecca Ibarra.
"food bank" Discussed on The Current
"In terms of food bank usage the numbers are staggering but behind those numbers are are individuals and their people with stories Who have found themselves in a position where they need to become clients of foodbanks. You've been speaking with some of them. What stands out in terms of those conversations. Yeah and in the weeks leading up to our day. I went to three different food banks throughout the lower mainland recorded about twenty interviews with Foodbank recipients and people just are very real. They're open and honest and a couple of things doubt. One is this year unlike any other year. And i've been doing that for about three decades. Going talking to clients. Foodbanks saw this year more men than ever agreed to talk. And i think that speaks to some kind of a reduction in the stigma of being at food banks always always women were shy but able to talk and willing to be recorded and tell me their stories this year. Three to one it was men to women who wanted to tell me their stories There was a man picking up baby formula. He and his family had just arrived from syria. They've been here for about eight months. He's a medical doctor and he's also university lecturer and of course he needs to make enough money now to upgrade his medical credentials to practice here in canada. And they'll take a couple of years so he was unapologetically at the food bank. He was grateful another young woman that stands out with two kids at a food bank and her partner works at walmart. He works as a cleaner which is very important job in the middle of a pandemic and they go to the food bank once a month or so just to top up their pantry. And i also have a couple of people like you to hear right now. These two people dorey and john. My name is dorrie. i'm living alone. i used to be a caregiver. Yeah i'm seventeen now with weakness and weak ankles. Yeah so this is very convenient for me. Used to donate to when i was working there helping their receiving one hand and giving on the other hand. Yeah hello my name. Is john Work seafood. but i'm only taking home like fifteen an hour. I mean they don't make that much. Yeah so. I mean barely above minimum. Pay job it is hard and being in poverty. Some people feel shy. They feel embarrassed. they feel well. You know. I'm coming into the food bank. So maybe a little embarrassing. But i don't feel that way. I don't feel that way. That stigma is really important to smash through in terms of making sure that people feel comfortable that they feel dignified. An ingoing and getting the help that they need absolutely and i think the food banks certainly the ones that i visited. They do incredible work and reducing any kind of stigma that people that are there in the lineups might have. It was thirty four years ago in nineteen eighty-six that you helped put together the first. Cbc british columbia food bank day. Why did you think that this was important. That that you dedicate time and energy to well back then. We had just finished expo. Eighty six and we had invited the world to vancouver and a couple of months after that. There was this growing gap that you could start to feel it on the streets especially in the downtown area vancouver between the haves and the have nots. And we'd had a food bank in greater vancouver for about two years at that point and the need was just greater and so we thought we should do something to help and we started just with a small to our afternoon show that i was producing at the time with our fundraiser..
"food bank" Discussed on Homes and Hops
"How nice and how that it's impact to our environment there is another Another one that their food pantry actually employed school like kids that were in culinary school and they gave some of the food and they were able to then sell another way for them to raise money and if it was a person that was only able to give a dollar for their meal whatever it would be but they would be able to experience culinary food shooting of whatever ingredients were available to them from i. It's just another way that they were able to give back health health. The problem at the same. Help to problems if you will. You're the need for food. Healthy food has well as the food waste. That was happening. And you know what's funny is a little bit of the research that i had done on some food waste. It's actually more expensive for you to throw it away in. Pay your bill Especially the bigger companies their trash bills verses turning it over donating it to a food bank we get the as we call the salvageable food..
"food bank" Discussed on One Life Radio Podcast
"Hark repair him nature. I'm having too soon and evan. A major saying follow us on social media. One my radio. I love the christmas music. Everyone and welcome back to one. Live radio and we wanna keep it playing while i the winner Junior Of the mini camper the winner is erica ig- bayani. She is a registered nurse and mother of two boys. And i'm so happy that she won Our social media giveaway. So congratulations and thank you to everyone out there. That's participating in our giveaways. We're having a lot of fun with. Aren't we absolutely yeah. Her kids are going to really enjoy that. Big it's so cool. It is so cute but Thank you for listening everyone You're listening to one life radio of you're just now tuning in and i have tricia cunningham. Where those she is. The president and ceo of the north texas food bank a nonprofit focused on a radical hunger in diverse. Thirteen county service area here in north texas so tricia. Let me ask you this. Do you expect the number of families in need to increase next year in. Twenty twenty one. You know what we're seeing right now. A lot of families that are struggling. We're seeing businesses that are continuing to close and so not only are north or the few things going to be really trying to struggle to keep up with the demand but we see families their resources. There there's no approved additional stimulus packages right for families. No additional improved unemployment. There hasn't been an increase in snap benefits for those who qualify for that programs. Even though the food costs have dramatically gone up and so we do believe there's going to be more needs because just because of vaccine may start to roll out. It's going to take several months for that to sort of become effective so that people can start going back to work. So many businesses have closed at the economic impact of the pandemic. It's going to last for many months if not years longer. Yeah it was going to say for maybe even through twenty twenty two. I mean it has. It has destroyed a lot of people's finances it really has. So how many meals have you provided this year. Compared to last year we closed our fiscal year at the end of june and we were probably on target between eighty and eighty five million meals before the pandemic but that last quarter of april may june. We ended up providing almost ninety seven million meals total in the community just during the covid part alone from mid march through the end of september. We've provided almost seventy five million meals just in that time period so we are we are consistently almost doubling our distribution that we had in prior years because the demand is there are our community. I always used to say that hunger is hidden because oftentimes it's the people that would be checking you out of the grocery store or maybe someone that Was your favorite waiter at your restaurant. We typically serve the working poor but now things have changed that so many of those people that were in vulnerable position have lost their jobs and they don't have enough resources to be able to sustain for a very long period of time so the food bank is helping them to to provide access to food so that way they can stay in their house and pay rent another month or their mortgage or or even helped her child with this learning. It's heartbreaking it. Really is you know how do you believe we can end hunger in the us and worldwide but especially here in the united states. Hunger is a symptom of poverty and so to address that you have to look at the root cause issues of poverty. Some of that included includes being able to make a livable wage to be able to have access to nutritious food so that you can get beyond what the whole circumstance and so you have to rewind a little bit and think about our people not getting the education that they need or the job skills training that they need to be employed in jobs that are gonna provide them a livable wage. Do they not have access to adequate healthcare and then nutritious food to make sure that they can maintain a healthy lifestyle. Why are people hungry. And what is the reason why they are in the situation that they're in and so there are many organizations in our community that are addressing those root causes issues and i think food banks and those organizations working together is going gonna have a long-term impact on our community. There were always the people that need to have access to food. But there's no reason why anyone in our community has to be hungry. We certainly would love to reduce the number of people that you know. Wonder if they're going to have a meal on the table tonight. Yeah what about the homeless. Does the north texas food bank feed the homeless is absolutely. That is one of the the group that we serve but people are often surprised that it's only about five percent of the nine hundred thousand people that are food insecure. Today that we're serving we work with so many homeless shelters and programs that do feed the homeless and we help provide food to their programs to help feed them. but it's a very small percentage. Like i said the most of the working poor and then we have senior citizens that You know they've they've worked their life but they can't make ends meet on social security or they have to make trade off of. Do i buy my food or do i buy medicine. And then of course you have children children that are going to school and often get their meals from school and they struggled to have an f. Nutritious food to eat on the weekends or even during the summer months or even the longer breaks so we have to take care of those families. That just need a little extra help. Well i encourage everyone to and that's one of the things. I wanna talk about real quick here. We'll not real quick. We only have a couple of minutes. But i certainly want people to know what's the best way for the people out there listening in the community to help and donate in their area. Not just this holiday season but moving forward through through this financial crisis that our country is going through for the north texas food bank and food banks across the country wherever you're listening The the probably the best way right now. It's financial contributions. Here at the north texas food bank for every dollar that's provided three meals can be provided with that dollar and ninety five percent of all of our resources go directly the feeding programs so we keep our overhead low so we can serve more that way. The second thing is volunteer. We are shifting in an adding more volunteer opportunities. People feel more comfortable and the masks. Socially distanced environment to be able to help out so volunteer with your local food bank There's external mobile distributions. That are outside as well as their opportunities inside. The third way is if you do want to give food try to give it invokes. Choose one item like a peanut butter or canned tuna or something so it makes it easier whenever it's donated to the food bank that you don't have to sort it. It's all one date code. We can immediately get that in there because it takes extra labor if we have to go through the sorting process. But that's a great way to do it. And i know our banking others. They actually have virtual drives online. So if companies want to Do a virtual food drive. Since many of them are not in the office or organizations. They can do it. Virtually as well and then that can be used to purchase food. yes and then touching information and tricia. We're gonna. I'm gonna have to go we're going to have to cook is gonna have to have you come back otherwise. I'm going to miss the miss. The goal We have a couple of seconds to get off the air. thank you so much tricia cunningham. I encourage everyone to donate to the north texas food bank. That's nt fb dot org. Everyone help out please. Oh my gosh. It breaks my heart to think of so many people that are hungry. Anyway you get one body get one mind and you get one live. Get out there today and make the most of it..
"food bank" Discussed on THE NEWS with Anthony Davis
"Coming up on five minute news. Millions of hungry americans turn to food banks for the first time fed's passed up chance to lock in more fis of vaccine doses and trump administration seeks to allow polar bear disturbance for oil in alaska. Refuge it's tuesday december eight. I'm anthony davis. Hunga is a harsh reality in the richest country in the world even during times of prosperity schools handout millions of hot meals a day to children and desperate. Elderly americans are sometimes forced to choose between medicine and food now in the pandemic of twenty twenty with illness job loss and business closures millions. More americans are worried about empty. Refrigerators and baron cupboards foodbanks a doling out meals at a rapid pace and an associated press data analysis found a sharp rise in the amount of food distributed compared with last year. Meanwhile some people are skipping meals. So that children can eat and others depending on cheap food that lacks nutrition. Those fighting hunger say they've never seen anything like this. In america even during the great recession of two thousand seven to two thousand nine and still the trump administration denies and dismisses poverty as people not doing enough to help themselves from anaheim california to san antonio texas toledo ohio and orlando florida thousands of vehicles carrying hungry people queued up a miles across the horizon feeding america. The nation's largest anti hunger organization scrambled to keep up estates locked down and schools many providing free breakfasts lunches closed in late march twenty percent of the organizations two hundred food banks were in danger of running out of food. The problem with supply subsided but dimond has not feeding. America never handed out so much food so fast. Four point two billion meals for much through october the organization has seen a sixty percent average increase in food bank uses during the pandemic about foreign ten a first timers for communities of color. The pandemic has been compound. Disaster with blacks latinos reeling from disproportionately high rates of deaths infections and joblessness. The trump administration opted last summer not to lock in a chance to buy millions of additional doses of one of the leading corona virus vaccine contenders decision could delay the delivery of a second batch of doses until manufacturer fiso fulfils international contracts. The revelation confirmed yesterday by people. Familiar with the matter came a day before. Donald trump aims to take credit for the speedy development of forthcoming corona virus. Vaccines at a white house summit. Later today. sizes vaccine is expected to be approved by a panel of food and drug administration scientists as soon as this week with delivery of one hundred million doses. Enough fifty million americans expected in coming months under its contract with pfizer. The trump administration committed to buy an initial one hundred million doses with an option to purchase as many as five times more. This summer the white house opted not to lock in an additional one hundred million doses for delivery in the second quarter of twenty twenty one days ahead of the vaccines expected approval. The administration is reversing course. But it's not clear if visor which has since made commitments to other countries will be able to meet the latest request on the same time. Line the fiso vaccine is one of two on track for emergency. Fda authorization this month the other coming from drugmaker medina. The trump administration insisted late on monday. That between those two vaccines and others in the pipeline the us will be able to accommodate any american who wants to be vaccinated by the end of the second quarter. Next year seeking to tamp down public skepticism over the vaccine and secure key components of trump's legacy today summit will highlight the administration's plans to distribute and administer the vaccine some expressed concerns about the event contributing to the politicisation of the vaccine development process and potentially further inhibiting public confidence in the drugs to prioritize. Donald trump falsely taking the credit joe biden set on friday. That trump appears not to have a detailed plan that we've seen for how to get the vaccines out of containers into syringes and then into people's are the trump administration on monday proposed allowing companies searching for oil and gas deposits in the arctic national wildlife refuge to disrupt polar bears living there the so-called incidental harassment authorization proposed by the us fish and wildlife. Service would pave the way for seismic surveys in the refugees coastal plain a key part of donald trump's last minute push for more oil development in the region the fish and wildlife service said that no polar bears are expected to be injured or killed during seismic operations some of which has to take place next month and expects disturbances to impact only a few baz but several veteran. Arctic scientists and environmentalists in alaska of warned against seismic operations which can involve blasting to produce sonic images of underground formations. They argue the testing will upset wildlife and that the heavy machinery actively involved in the work will damage tundra and speed up the thought of permafrost. The trump administration seems determined to push polar bears further down the path to extinction before office said kristen mancelle legal director of the center. For biological diversity's oceans program. Polar bears are considered a threatened species because of the rapid warming of the arctic drilling has been banned in an w off a decades before republican led legislation signed by trump in two thousand seventeen removed that ban trump has sought to maximize domestic oil gas and coal production and has downplayed environmental and climate threats from the drilling and mining industries. President elect joe biden opposes the drilling and is expected to try to reverse trump's efforts. 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"food bank" Discussed on KTAR 92.3FM
"If you go. The first food bank got orc. You'll be able to see the locations that were at. We do not service the East Valley. That's the United Food Bank. They're having their big turkey distribution. Today. The rest of the Valley is served by ST Mary's Food Bank. And those safely and Albertsons locations will be dotted across that area. So it's first food bank. Is that the number one or is it the word First Food Bank? F I RST because ST Mary's Food Bank is the world's first food bank. We've been around for 53 years, the entire concept of food banking started with ST Mary's in 1967, and we've been doing that ever since. Can you give me a new idea of the enormity of what what's going on this year? Because there are more families in need this year than usual? And what what kind of a task is this? Yeah, I had trouble getting into the office today because the lines are around the block, and we're not even distributing turkeys yet. We're not even doing our holiday distribution. Demand is up 30% this year over the over this time last year, But in the first couple of months of covert, it was triple to give you an idea across the street at our main facilities. We usually feed about 600 families within a weekend to march that had jumped to 1000 within three weeks, and it jumped 1700. And it stayed that way pretty much through the month of June. We did see a reprieve here in July, August and September. It's allowed us to kind of regroup. Get ready for the holiday season. But within the last 2 to 3 weeks, we have seen the same number of cars come back again. People are now in need and need help. Again. It's pretty much run parallel with the ups with the up spike in covert cases here in the Valley. And people need some help. So it's first food. First Food Bank got order correct First food bank out or is something that you've talked about? A lot like that. I wanted to bring up We get a serving and Jude 50% of the people who are coming through the food bank lines right now have never been to a food bank before. They have never been to a food bank before or they've been to ST Mary's to do one of two other things either help us Pack emergency food box or to make donations. Now they're on the other side of the line. These are people who lived on the edge lived close to the Potter poverty level were always able to get through before now they're in need of help and those of the people that we're seeing. That's the difference. And you know 8 800 a day to the 1500 today, it's the people that were on the edge that are now needing help. Jerry is always it's good to talk with you and thank you so much for the great work you do around the valley, and I really hope that people are able to jump in. Thanks, Mike. And thanks for all you do my pleasure. So that is that Jerry Brown from ST Mary's Food Bank. First Food Bank That or give you want to jump in and do this online, you can find a location. Safeway Albertsons location. You can go to their website make a cash.
"food bank" Discussed on WBZ NewsRadio 1030
"Catherine D'Amato is our guest today We're talking about the Greater Boston Food bank. And right now we're focused on How much has changed over this past year in the cove? It 19 era prior to the break, Catherine, you will mentioned that Massachusetts which is where both of us are obviously right now, um, is the fastest growing state for food and security. Can you talk a little bit more about that? And what are the factors that are contributing to that statistic? Sure. So we're now expected to increase about 59%, which is the highest increase for any state in the country. On this happiness, But the end is going to be one in seven people in the states and one in five Children and again 59% increase. It's all driven by Cove it right. It's the unemployment that business closures, impending foreclosures on folks, all the things that they're happened to rethink how they use their food money or where they go. There's simply not enough. Money for them coming in in order to manage their needs to take care of themselves in their family, housing, food except very basic needs. And while we have always seen On up and down in the food security numbers relative to how many people are on snap, or how many people are using school meal programs or how many people are on federal assistance. This is historic. Historic numbers all over the country, and we are not exempt from that and Massachusetts at all. Oh, I want you mentioned snap. I read here at some point that the setup applications in Massachusetts has rivet risen by 360% since the pandemics again. I mean, these numbers are Very so that obviously another indicator. So can you can you explain Sort of first of all, for those who don't know what Snape is and what you're going to do about the fact that there's all these applications snap. It stands for the supplemental Nutrition Assistance programs, the federal program. It is income based and it for a lot of your listeners. They would know it as Food stamps right and an insect You are eligible once you either fall below a certain income or that you are offending income. A a, a very rated support, and it's an awesome program. I mean, if you come to a food bank and get food or come to the food pantry system against food, your little last for several days, and I'll get you over a difficult time. But The food stamps can carry you in your family for longer and they can provide many more mills show not surprising that in this time there has been this increase in applications and we have been greater Boston three bank along with many, many hunger advocates, saying, Get people into these systems as much as possible for emergency pantry system. Get on quick, get on food stamps make make the school meals available. And then as we've seen now, that is upside down relative to kids going back to school. Are they not? Um so it doesn't surprise us that there's growth and demand the challenge for a state like Massachusetts and any status ability to process Now this surge of applications and to get people sort of through the process in order to get the resource. So, uh, for your listeners that they are interested in learning more about snap or rick or school lunches or where they could go If they go to our website, G b F B god orc and click on needs food. You can point them to a pantry. We can point them to these resource is your website is very thorough. And I do urge everybody listening Toe go on to learn more which we've mentioned Feeding America little bit. Can you describe the relationship between the Greater Boston Food Bank and feeding America Sure, Feeding America's national organization that has 200 food banks like the Greater Boston food bag in its network, and then so if you think of feeding America And then 200 ft banks with warehouses and distribution centers and then nearly 70,000 Cherries across the United States accessing food, So it's a partnership capability where we have National donors, food and financial that will come through the feeding America system that then gets allocated appropriated into states and regions and then out to the system to be able to help agencies. For us. It's 550 plus organizations in eastern Mass. And we're fortunate in Massachusetts to have three feeding America food banks. Western Massachusetts to vanquish your county Food Bank and Boston and so all of the county's 14 all of the 351 cities or served by a feeding America feedback. Okay? And I am I'm seeing here that feeding America released a map the meal gas with which is a study that has provided us with a lot of the numbers that we've been talking about today. But take it a step further for us and explain why Sort of Pulling these resources and sharing these numbers is so important. What is allows us to do with the Greater Boston Food Bank to understand which cities and cases could be cities and towns and could even be broken down into neighborhoods are in need of resource is so if you have a city or town that has achieved Based on the data, Um three mil today. Then we can focus on those that arrive two or one and so the map the mill God gives us Trend data and information to be able to understand underserved communities. And, you know, I don't want to lose sight of the racial inequity conversation, and it's been raised in our country as well. And the relativity to food insecurity. There have been many of our cities and towns under served four years. 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"food bank" Discussed on NoCo Now ? 1310 KFKA
"Was serving two and a half times as many children once coronavirus hit than it normally did and and when you're. You're just looking at individuals altogether. So that program we were at one hundred percent increase in the number of folks that were coming to get help our emergency food box program, which was steadily through the last couple of years have been decreasing, which is a good sign when you have less food boxes going out that take took a huge jump and and people coming in and needing help and so just seeing those numbers. Numbers and understanding that each one of those food boxes is the family as an individual who is down on their luck they didn't have anywhere else to turn and they needed to feed themselves, feed their families well, and so just knowing that that box maybe provided a week couple of days of relief so that they could focus their money that they did have on other necessities, or just take a deep breath and. I, don't know did we lose wes- Western he's still there my man. Well, we may have lost West and so we'll. We'll try and get him back on and wrap up but like you talk about the the numbers that that the World Food Bank are providing to people are just staggering and and I would have to imagine me look being able to say, okay, this is exactly who we're helping that that's got gotta keep people going into to lose that. That's why I wanted to ask that question was like, okay. Why? What is it that you are doing that? Keeps you going and get up every day because? Obviously. People some people have it. Pretty rough, but seeing those stories day in and day out can wear on you. I've said I mean, everybody's tired right now, right? Everybody's dragging a little bit as well. But especially when you're dealing with nonprofits and areas of need like this, like with the wealth foodbank, it, it can get I mean it can get. Concerted get to you. So but we appreciate West I think we may be getting him back on real quick right now. So well, let me. We're doesn't sound. Doesn't sound like we're. GonNa. Get him back on I'll tell you what let's. Let's go ahead and take a break, and when we come back on the other side, will will attempt to get west and back on here here, listening to no co- now on northern Colorado's voice thirteen, ten k. k.? Catcher taste started right with up-to-date news weather and sports mornings with Gail Six am to nine am weekdays thirteen ten k. f. k...
"food bank" Discussed on Voices of the Community
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"food bank" Discussed on Voices of the Community
"Third thing that answer about his is awareness I think people understand that there is an increased need because covid nineteen and I think that the more we can share how Dreadfully impacted so many. San Franciscans and frozen. Moran. Really are. Union, and we know that recovery what is really long time and especially for those most vulnerable populations, we talked about that recovery and has. tricalm recovery will be the last to recover an and we are going to be here for them until. You know everybody jamming. You. Will need our services. So we are ms far the lots of. Insecurity. Better, frost took Katie out of this complete meltdown. You know what you see are positive things that could come out of the covid nineteen you know it's like putting an x-ray on our system. So what do you see happening? This view as having that when we look back on cove nineteen in. The debrief you L. Any bears for a couple of things that initially stand out is I hope that contain how banks and BS on. CD. Services will always be there and. Nearly anything's yet her I hope that. Somehow. But also say this is a lot of so when and little. Are Operating. City wrenching about all the waiver on rating right now is very different than how ballooning Windsor. Ashby Nimble. Findlay not too. Much faster than we into New England until and I think we've been able to be released accessible in that ending. This also gives us a chance to look in a whole really lenient. What are all the doctors guys? Being, individuals who face hunger and what an steps along the way what are other opportunities we can have as a community to affect change for those that were serving to help alleviate this challenges, help alleviate that fear hub. The stress that comes with food insecurity. New earlier dirty is just one challenge that participants phase. So it is definitely been highlighted right now in during the nineteen helped me. In and remember that. This is one part of a much larger reassurance for those struggling in San Francisco and Marin and. We can work together on a on a bigger level to effect change for or these participants, and then I think the last thing really stood out to me is just how generous in community has banged. Both are covered partners are financial donors. Our volunteer donors are other community partners and. We're learning that we are much more nimble than we not being and as it hasn't unity that is trying to serve our neighbors. And the IT confident I take solace in knowing that we do have the ability to pretty quickly affects really may change. Doubling our distribution. Seven and a half eight weeks. Is Pretty rapid for us and able to do because we have so much. Thank you. So really appreciate everything that you and the Food Bank or doing and will make sure that people have the contact information on how to engage as Montier, donation. Stay safe out there as you're out in the community and you know, please keep helping community feed themselves. Obviously it's.
"food bank" Discussed on Mornings With Gail - 1310 KFKA
"Was It's good to catch up with you I hope you're doing well. Good Morning Gail I am doing well. It's a beautiful day outside right now, and that's certainly goes to lifting our spirits, certainly something that. We got to look for the positive especially these days wherever we can find it right. Absolutely just looking for those little things to Kinda, return the the joy in these very difficult times for not only hurt community, but for country. Oh, absolutely, and when we look at those difficult times, we have to remember all the hard work, not only of our front line. Personnel to include our healthcare workers, but indeed a food banks across the country I. Mean you're doing Yeoman's work right now to help those who have been so impact. Tell us a little bit about the work that you've done throughout all of this. At the Food Bank. Absolutely so I mean March. You know what happened in in the middle of March and we actually narrow it down to the date March. Sixteen was when we really started to have to make adjustments to programs because we knew and we started seeing in other communities. Stuff, starting to shutdown schools going online learning, I felt like it was just a matter of time, so we were bracing for, but when it hit, it hit like a gale force wind. We, we all of a sudden, found ourselves with kids longer having access to school meals, and so we partnered with the school district in and started distributing or mobile food pantry at one of their feeding sites and expanded our backpack program to. Continue through the end of the quote, Unquote School Year but even into the summer, because even from the very beginning, we saw more people coming in and. It wasn't really until we sat down about three months in, and just kinda did a comparison. We said okay. Let's see. Let's see what March June looks like this year compared to last year, and it and it kind of Florida's. I mean we had reserved about fifty percent more people. Than we did this time last year we had a huge increase in our child feeding programs about one hundred and fifty six percent increase in just three months, we served over fifty thousand meals, just kids. we, we gave out almost thirty thousand backpack bags but it was. It wasn't just the kids that were impacted. It was entire families. We had a steady increase. Number is food boxes are mobile food pantry. We were serving twice as many people as we normally do. and we had more seniors just were afraid to go out rightfully, so and so we had more home deliveries than I think we've ever had before. Just so that these seniors still needed help, but they just couldn't get around, so we utilized volunteers for that, so it's just been It's hard to your wind, incredible or amazing unprecedented those unprecedentedly. Say that you know all those words seem to have positively, too, but it's. It's heartbreaking to see so many of our neighbors in need. And you took the word right out of my mouth there because it is some listening you to you, describe the increase in demand, the need, the very real human in need particularly when it comes to kids because you know you remember as you know you've zeroed in. You've narrowed it down March sixteenth when the as well they. Extensively we're looking forward to spring break, but after spring break, they didn't return. And when you think about the fact, is you know that for many kits? The only nutritious meal they get is at school. It does break your heart. Yeah it's You know as a father of three children. I only have one kid at the time. When I joined the Food Bank, but it was. The, thought of any child going hungry, those out of my own child going hungry is is what really motivates me, and and every every one of our neighbors who have to skip a meal. Don't have enough to eat is heartbreaking, but when you especially look at kids, they have no control. They can't go out and get a job. They you know they. They're really under the influence of their parents, and just the situation of their families, so we WANNA make sure that they're cared for. That's why we ever seven service programs. Four of them are just for kids. Eight, forty, three, now thirteen ten KFI, k., thirteen ten KFI. Dot Com joined by Western Edmonds Communications. Manager Weld Food Bank. I've been holding onto this piece for quite some time and I was actually able to find it this morning. Imagine that. Talking about the factors we're looking you know for that ray of hope that ray of sunshine during such a difficult time. This as it was. What early July late June that you got a visit from Colorado eat at Eagles, and were added to the target partnership. Yeah. It was it was It was a couple of weeks. Worth of working out the details We were approached by them. they were just? It was. It was more of they were. kind of feeling like there was something more that they could do. No, they they were on a break. Actually I think their entire season was canceled. and they realize people in their community needed help we've we've partnered with the eagles before on their cowbell night. They raise money by selling the I love cowbell night i. Think existed than what we need is yes, we need more Talbot. Guess that I that I. I went two years ago and my wife and I were like. We need to bring earplugs next time. It's fun and I I mean. I miss that. Before all this shutdown, we went to an eagles game as a family I was at an avalanche game before that, but then everything shut down. So you know the Eagles Organization? They were at home and they thought you know. We want to give back to community, so they reached out and. They wanted to expand their already good partnership that they've had with US dairy Max and and give a little bit of time, and and that's that's really one of our biggest needs. We are so grateful for them to reach out. was that volunteer piece rights which brings us to the next point to talking about the fact that well, it's a partnership between the Wild Food Bank, and of course the community and I just it just floors me I. Mean that the response from all of you to so many great causes including the Wealth Food Bank because well. Web foodbank couldn't do it without donations, but also without volunteers so You're finding a need for more volunteers correct. Yes, so there's a great. Program here in in low county for the students that are part of bright futures. They need to get ten hours of volunteer work to qualify for the scholarship, so they had a bunch of students trying to apply for the scholarship and they came into. Do their ten hour piece. It was wonderful pretty much actually from March through June. We're like okay, we students are. Are Coming in right at the right time to give these hours and then July one hit, and it was just like a steep cliff. Drop off, and it's nothing against these kids. They got all their hours done, but you know now. They're going to enjoy their summer, but we still have a credible amount of work that we need to do with with a One hundred percent increase in our mobile food pantry and our increases in emergency food boxes. We're needing that HAVE A. Increased. Food so everything that goes outta. Here has to be bagged. Just because no one's allowed in our building right now for distribution, so we're trying to make everything is easy as possible for distribution, so we're needing volunteers to help us with everyday tasks, and sometimes even just helping with the distribution, the actual distribution of food on site we have. We still allow people to come in through a drive through model, so we're needing help with that. We have as I mentioned. Senior deliveries are at a all time high. We need individuals that can help the fat in that one really is.
"food bank" Discussed on Today, Explained
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Or even mandating some of these safety protocols in these plants I mean we already have federal meat inspectors in all these plans to do food safety you know. Could they have been leveraged immediately to try to do more social distancing and sanitation handwashing between worker? I mean you know. There are many things that could have been done more quickly on the food bank side. Usda could be relaxing. A lot of it's Red Tape around purchasing food and moving more quickly. You know when you have food that is only going to last a short amount of time produce milk depending on how pasteurize it is. You know they don't last forever. They need to move quickly. What are some of the other creative things we could be doing? There's actually a A Bill I think it just dropped last night to try to expand food stamp benefits so that people could use them at restaurants maybe temporarily interestingly actually in Washington DC. I'm buying a lot of my groceries from a restaurant because they have no shortages of eggs. They have no shortages of toilet paper because those supply chains are still fully intact. What is the USDA doing so right? Now they are trying to set up a fresh box program which is going to spend a hundred million dollars a month on produce a hundred million dollars a month on Daria hundred million dollars a month on some meat products. And it's GonNa put together these mixed boxes of perishable and also precooked meat items and they're going to get them to food banks the earliest. Those are going to start shipping. Banks's May fifteenth. So one of the things I pointed out in my story is that. Is You know two months from when this first disruption happened at a national scale so not super-quick there's also a lot of Concern that it's not big enough. I mean one hundred million dollars a month for produce for example day estimate. The produce industry is missing out on a billion dollars a week. The California industry estimates. They're going to be losing more than a billion dollars a month. So they all are glad. Usda is going to buy one hundred million dollars to produce but again it just puts it into perspective of how big the disruption and the losses right now there are farmers in California that are turning romain lettuce into their soil. They don't have anywhere to sell it and again with this increase in unemployment and these demand on food banks the fact that we're still wasting so much. Fresh food is just it's just gut wrenching on every level. That one just seems so obvious like Romaine lettuce people would eat that lettuce if you just put it on a truck and drove it to a food bank. Did no one think of a way to do that. This is America. Yeah I know in California they they do have a system set up at the state level to connect you know surplus produce with state foodbanks. But you have to realize that. California is supplying the whole country with fruits and vegetables. That means that it's very difficult for your local food banks to absorb that kind of scale which I think again points to the need for having a really strong federal response to this because the distribution is at such a scale they. You can't just fix it locally. There's just too much lettuce for you. Know the food banks and California to to absorb. You would really need to be connecting the dots across the country. So does this come down. Usda and the trump administration for not connecting the dots. Sooner I think there's a lot of criticism Directed at them for not moving more quickly. You know I think a free market purist would say you know the market's GonNa fix this and in some ways they are right in that. The market will fix this. It will destroy enough supply to stabilize prices but I think the question is at what cost beyond what the. Usda is proposing now. Are there ideas that farmers and who knows the people who are running food banks want them to consider that they're not everyone wants them to think bigger right? They want them to spend more. They want them to be more aggressive. They want them to move more quickly. But there are some other interesting ideas I think. Usda is not Considering really hasn't been creative in thinking outside the box one interesting idea that did not make my story came from Agriculture Secretary. Tom Vilsek he served under the Obama Administration. And he said you know. Why don't we use stadiums? They have all this unused cold storage where they would normally be storing the food for concessions. Can't we move some of the surplus of perishable food to places like that and have people come pick up you know? They have massive parking. Lots could we get volunteers? Like there are probably other ways to connect the dots between you know this massive surplus and the need that we are not even working on. Do you think farmers will be made whole eventually by the USDA? I mean they already receive a lot of federal aid. Is it going to take years for them? To be made whole after this crisis they've already received billions of dollars to respond to retaliatory tariffs and other Disruptions from the trade wars that we've been engaged in so there's already stress on a lot of these commodities and then going into this we are Slated to spend about three billion dollars on food buys over the next several months and sixteen billion dollars. Direct payments and. Almost everyone agrees. It's not nearly enough to compensate the losses that are going to be felt across producer so the direct payments are capped at two hundred and fifty thousand dollars per entity but it is really expensive to grow these crops so if you are growing strawberries you might be spending thirty thousand dollars an Acre just to get those strawberries all the way to being ripe. It's four thousand dollars an acre to grow cabbage. It's ten thousand dollars an acre to grow tomatoes. So if you'RE GONNA lose millions of dollars on this season because of this massive disruption and then you're going to get a two hundred fifty thousand dollar check from. Usda that is a welcome help but it is not anywhere near making you whole and that is just a brutal place to be as an industry and I don't think anyone thinks usda going to be able to make everyone whole from this and in the meantime what about all the people who are hungry who are worried about how. They're going to plan their next week meals for their families. What do people most need in the meantime while farmers are destroying their crops and the trump administration in the USDA? You're just playing catch up anything you can do to support your food banks. You know they would say it is more is welcome whether it's donations or food. You have in your pantry. The other thing foodbanks actually really need right now as volunteers 'cause Food Bank volunteers tend to be They trend older. And those are the exact people that you know are being told to stay home. I think the tragic news on the food waste front is. That's going to continue for some time. The Problem Really. I think is systemic though. So the these brealey big food system problems we're going to have to be addressed at a larger scale than you know. Individuals supporting their food banks. Hopefully more states will step up. More leaders will step up to have creative solutions because they think it's going to take an all hands on deck approach..
"food bank" Discussed on Here & Now
"From NPR and WBZ UNTYING Moseley. I'm Robin Young. It's here and now and another six point. Six million Americans filing for unemployment last week meeting that over the last three weeks. Ten percent of American workers lost their jobs. These are eye popping numbers. Lots of hurt and the government is throwing everything it's got at them. The Federal Reserve announced today is pumping another two point three trillion into the economy. Let's bring in Olneyville she. Msnbc ANCHOR in economics correspondent to start this hour an alley we keep Repeating what experts say the only way to kill the virus is to hurt the economy for while we know that. Let's take a look in places like California. The rate of claim stayed steady. `Bout another million But Georgia triple claims from two weeks ago. A we can following reaction to the virus. What you're seeing. Yes so A has it's getting into new places in Georgia just started to shut down last week. So you only had people starting to climb file those claims that remember the system unemployment claims or done state by state and the systems are not all that robust sometimes so there are people who've been trying to make claims for unemployment and for the paychecks program for small businesses. Who have just not been able to process them so on one hand. We're seeing lag from people who weren't able to process it the prior week and on the other hand we're seeing a lag because there are some states that have still have just either started their shutdowns or are still in the process of starting their shutdowns. The good news is the remaining states. That don't have shutdowns which probably will are less populist. Generally but Georgia and Texas are the ones to watch for and that means also we're still going to be seeing these unemployment numbers so far. The government's response has been focused on small business today. The Federal Reserve announced that new two point three trillion infusion that will among other things make loans available to medium sized companies. It's being called the mainstream lending program. What do you know about that? Yeah so the the the PR. There's two problems with that too. There are loans that are going out to companies for opera small businesses for operating expenses. And there's a separate grant program that says if you keep your employees on the payroll for at least eight weeks The grant is forgivable. So it's sort of like a model at European companies are using. The government is paying small businesses to keep their people on the payroll even if they can't come to work and and the government will forgive that amount of money. Now there's a backlog in that program it only started working about Friday and it's not really working properly with a whole lot of banks and there's a shortage of money so what's happening is we're moving toward a plan which emulates what the big bill did for the airlines. That there's money that's going to go directly to companies just to keep people on the payroll separate and apart from operating costs. The the goal of the government here is stop more people from going on unemployment. Let's keep them in their jobs even if there isn't work or even really can't go to work. We're hearing anecdotally. There's a huge problem with these loans from the government of now for medium if they take it but already for small businesses because if they take that loan as you said the be forgiven if they hire their workers back soon but many can't hire their workers back because they can open yet and the workers are being told to stay home so employers will be paying people. Stay home meemaw. They're watching bills for rent and utilities pile up. But they can't use the money for that Instead of payroll because they won't then have the loan forgiven. It seems like I remember. These are businesses that are otherwise specialized in baking or making things and now this has become a big accounting nightmare. So here's what's going to happen. The most important bills Which our payroll obviously and then rent mortgage and utilities are also going to be Forgiven as long as you keep all the employees on payroll other expenses beyond payroll rent mortgage and utilities. Have to be paid back but it is a very very very low. Interest rate at zero point zero five percent over ten years And these are expensive until June thirtieth. They may revisit whether the rules change at the end of June. If we're not all back to work but they. There are in fact mitigating Things that small businesses can do so they haven't got it quite yet but the government is trying to do something in which small businesses can't keep their people employed can keep their rent paid can keep their mortgage is paid and can't keep their utilities paid but it it is complicated and hard and it's hard to get on those websites seconds but it shifts the people off the unemployment rolls it shifts them onto these this loan money that's begin being given to companies to again pay their employees but I worry that some businesses will say gee I'm GonNa go outside states restrictions and bring these people back because I have to pay them and I just it seems like there's that's very dangerous then part of the this is unlike any recession. We've seen the government is saying we'll pay you to keep your people working but don't bring them back to work before it is safe to do so. Don't reopen your business. It's just structurally it'd be better to have payroll than to have these folks on unemployment but the money still coming from the government. It's still taxpayer money. One way or the other. But you're actually in what you're what you're thinking when your business prematurely don't do that. Allie vel she. Msnbc ANCHOR thank you. Thanks Ron well. Another economic impact of the corona virus pandemic is a surge in demand at food banks across the country and the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program snap commonly known as food. Stamps has seen a spike in applications. As millions of Americans find themselves out of work joining us now for more is Caitlin. She's chief government relations officer for feeding America. The nation's largest network of foodbanks. Welcome Kate thank you so much for having me yes. Thank you for being here. So feeding America announced just last week that had seen a thirty percent increase in operating costs. And with that you'll need more than a billion dollars to meet the surge in demand anticipated over the next six months. How dire is the situation at food banks across the country right now? We're really concerned about what we're seeing on the ground. We are seeing the people that we usually serve needing more assistance. And we're having many people come to food banks who'd never sought charitable assistance before in their lives. We're having volunteers who come and help at the flu. Banks actually needing food assistance for the first time in some cases so this is really an unprecedented situation. And we're worried it only will get worse. I'm thinking about some of the practical things that you have to think about Folks who volunteer often at those food banks who work there social distancing What are the measures that you all have in place to protect people but also support your workers? One of the first things we saw actually was a decrease in our volunteers Many of whom are elderly. And who were the first to start observing social distancing guidelines or staying at home? But we're also figuring out new ways to distribute food and a lot of that we're having drive up and pop your trunk and we'll put a box of food in there and close your trunk and you go on your way. One of the complications is in with some federal programs. You do have to exchange information such as addresses signature. So we are. We've been working with the federal government to try and minimize the need to exchange that information during this critical time. I want to ask you about something else. So I mentioned snap. Nearly forty million. People rely on food stamps in this country Before this pandemic the trump administration was in the process of dropping Something like seven hundred thousand people from the food stamp rolls and we know that Congress and a federal judge actually stepped in temporary block that change during this crisis. But can you talk for moment about what effect changes to snap are having on hunger in this country yes so that Rule was one of three. Actually that was Targeting snap eligibility or benefit levels that the administration was looking at and the one you mentioned had to do with work requirements which already are feature of snap obviously during the situation where we're seeing unemployment spike in the way it is that doesn't make a great deal of sense. We know those jobs. Aren't there for people. So fortunately that is delayed. Were concerned that the other two rules that are pending that actually would impact even more people that they are not finalized and implemented during this time. Because what we're really concerned about that snap is a supplemental benefit. It doesn't provide enough money to feed a family and what we're really concerned about in. This crisis is increasing that benefit so that people can get by because simply put food banks are never going to be able to meet the demand that we're seeing right now. Yeah what I'm hearing from. You is that all of this together. Foodbanks food stamps other types of services kind of complete the picture for families who are in need oftentimes yes absolutely. So many of the people who visit food banks are also on snap. We work to help enroll people who may not know about snap and I think that that is again complicated by our Limitations on Social Interaction. But we are going to do the best. We can to try and get people onto the program. So they're able to access the benefits and use them just as people use credit cards at a grocery store or debit card. That a grocery store and talking about some of those limitations Most of us of course are in our homes right now and a lot of folks are turning to online delivery service to get groceries while they are social distancing we understand that snap recipients cannot use food stamps to order groceries online the. Usda is running this trial program in some states. That could change that but as it stands most people on food. Stamps can't order online. Is that something that you're lobbying to change That's correct? It has been a pilot program that was started several years ago and just yesterday. Usda announced adding another couple of States California and Arizona. So we're excited about that. What we know though is that even once those benefits can be used. They're not going to be enough money for people to feed their families. In these circumstances and individual currently receives a maximum of one hundred ninety four dollars a month for three snap and we all know. That's not enough to feed someone but we are very supportive and excited about the expansion of the ability of people use benefits online as well. That's gately owned. She's chief government relations officer for feeding America. Kate thank you so much for speaking with us. Thank you so much for having me. This.
"food bank" Discussed on Mornings With Gail - 1310 KFKA
"As we're all grappling with the impact of covert nineteen on our every day lives social distancing. We're seeing any number of organizations. Well changing the way they do business so again Good reminder here remember your local businesses Order from your local restaurants many of them doing take out or carry out but once again it's just a reminder of our own humanity that Where apart together and that. We need to support each and every one in the community a thirty seven thirteen ten. Kfi A thirteen ten KFI K. A. DOT COM and the world. Food Bank is indeed. Doing its part and the need is great. Joined this morning by Western Edmonds. Communications Manager Weld foodbank. Hey Western how you holding up. I'm holding up. Well actually gale. How are you I am doing great? I don't know I keep making that recommendation that we all need to Adjust adapt and advance. Because unfortunately well we're kind of in the thick of it now and it's not gonNA change anytime soon. Yeah I This is even before all this started. I requested I've been off Wednesday through Friday in it feels a very very divine because I'm also passer at my church and I already feel a little bit of Burnout building up on me. Just you know US already with with all the adjustments that we've had to make like we don't meet in person at my church adjustments we've made at the at at food banks but I'm energized. I'm ready I know things have been changing even since I was in there. And that's Kinda why I'm calling this morning. Did just talk a little bit about what has been Adjusting the food bank so we make sure we give our food out safely and effectively. So let's talk a little bit about said changes. Yeah so Already as we hit expected when these regulations started rolling out we expected to see an increase just to see people coming in as as many families who live paycheck to paycheck or the ones being told not to come to work and they're not getting paid. We've actually already seen thirty. Seven percent increase in our emergency food distribution which is was shocking. You know you expect the increase but then to see that It's just A and and I. We still suspect that's going to go up We really do as more things rollout. But we've we've made adjustments. Actually starting this morning we are doing a drive through model for emergency food distribution at the warehouse so We're actually telling folks to not even get out of their cars They just they drive up. A volunteer will load the food into their trunks And of course all of our phone shoes away and gloves. Everything gets even if we ain't going out there. Everything gets sanitized. Oh sorry yeah. Everything gets Sanitized by volunteers so he makes sure that Touches the cart we wipe it down with Sanitation Wipe and spray it down so we just make sure that that stays At a safe a safe level for our clients and so that drive through models. Actually starting this morning. We're doing it right now. And we're going to continue that through Saturday so We were questioning whether or not we would be able to do our Saturday distribution but we just realized with this increase that there are still folks who won't be able to make it to us because they are still working But they need help so we will be distributing the Saturday from nine. Am TO ONE PM. That is such grip news. All right now I know that the World Food Bank. I mean you've got such a great dedicated committed staff there but you also depend so heavily on volunteers. So what does that look like now? In an era of Kovic nineteen. Yeah Yeah No. We've actually we have seen an increase in need for volunteers as well. 'cause as we do make these adjustments for distribution. We're making sure that every piece of food The goes to Families in need is in some sort of bags so we are having to it. Used to be someone came in and we had cabbages they could just take the two habits but now we WANNA make sure. Everything's in a bag so that it's easy to give out but also there's less Person to person contact with the food so that people receiving it or have a little bit more assurance we do encourage people on a side note to still wash all their food. They get from us especially produce Just because You know you've gotta take that extra precaution. It is Matt comes in and mass bulk but Yeah volunteers are very much needed. So somebody is looking to volunteer. We have a link pinned at the top of our facebook page. But has that sign up link that we are continually updating with New needs so that he didn't isn't fielding having the field like a hundred phone calls a day of what you need to go to this link. You can find out what you need if you do still WanNa talk in person. 'cause you have some additional questions? A website doesn't address. You can give us a call Our number is nine seven zero three five six two one nine nine and We can help just answer. Some of those questions are from seem to ring off the hook these days but we are happy to answer those questions for anyone who wants to help us through volunteering donating anything We Are. We are more than happy to to answer those calls now. I know that you're feeling a little overwhelmed. We all are and boy. You wear so many hats did you see. And I can't remember just off the top of my head but there was you know because Churchgoing has changed significantly as a result of covert nineteen and there was one pastor. They had actually put him on the rooftop of his church and he was He was preaching and you had the congregants out in the parking lot in their cars listening. Oh my goodness I don't think we'd be able to do that at our church because I I. I'm a pastor at the church is just on the opposite. End of your block actually Pastor at St Patrick's so I don't know if I- roof would be a stain that but that's you know it's just a matter of making a definite still trying to keep some sort of normalcy With life while you know knowing that we have to do things a little differently. We we We're partnering with district. Six actually starting this week. They have a meal distribution sites every day. So we're still doing our backpack program but we're going to do it in conjunction with that so that we make sure you know their meal. Say It's Monday through Friday but I WANNA make sure to add a little bit more on top of that To have something over the weekend. So we're helping district six families in that way and then on Wednesday from I believe it's about twelve o'clock not entirely sure but generations church where they're doing a distribution. We're also doing a mobile food pantry to help. Serve the entire family of these districts families. These meals sites help kids eighteen and under we. WanNa make sure. The whole family gets some food on Wednesday. We're sending our mobile for pension truck out there so you know it's these little adjustments. We need to make to make sure that we can still serve the people in need in our community While also you know keeping that that social distancing so no one's at this point no one's getting out of their car but we can still help them And I think we're all experiencing again in the new normal A little bit of that Free floating low level anxiety. It's important to keep it low level and take care of yourself. I'm not only from the physical standpoint but from your psychological perspective as well. Yeah you know. There's some amazing resources out there for individuals Just to stay connected. Everyone has a smartphone if you have a friend who has an iphone based on them instead of calling your tech them. I mean it's the little things. Just get that face to face interaction. I feel lucky that I get to still i. Between my two jobs I still have this opportunity to interact with other individuals but my wife she stays at home with the kids and she's really not going out. She really needs that face to face and I encourage a lot of people to do that. And if you're if you're young if you're healthy you've got some time and you want to help coming to the food. Bank you get interact with people you have to be exceed apart but you still get to have that interaction so that yeah You know get one more thing I wanted to talk about. 'cause you hit started the show in this light bulb in my head went off you talked about ordering out supporting local business so No Co nausea is a local delivery service that works at area restaurants. They're actually starting today. They'RE GONNA donate ten percent of their proceeds today from all the orders. That people Have through Nash. So if you go to no co- NOTCH DOT COM and you order out ten percent of that. Bill will come to us really restaurant you know. That's just so incredible. Because what you're doing is you're you're supporting local businesses and through doing that also supporting the wild food bank and see. That's what it is. It's a community coming together. Absolutely you know we we can. I cannot get through this by myself. You cannot get through this exactly. It takes all of us doing our parts within the within the restraints that we're allowed to do it but all of us doing our part to make sure that we we persevere through this man. We'll find a to get her done so you're done all right west Bend's communications manager. Well foodbank give us all that information how we can get in touch with you to help again. Absolutely if you go to wealth foodbank Dot Org. We've got information about what we're doing I do need to go updated this morning with these new distribution methods. But we're keeping the Community Up to date on everything on there. There's also a special donation page if you would like to help us with Kobe. Nineteen response So that's well foodbank Dot Org. You can follow us on facebook. We do keep regular updates on their But also just give us a call. Nine seven zero three five six two one nine nine. We happy to talk to you. Westerdam's keep up the great work and good spirits. Thank you for all that you and your colleagues all the volunteers at weld food. Do Cross the community. You bet eight. Forty-seven now thirteen ten. Kfi BEST UNC. Bears targeting game coverage lives on thirteen ten. Kfi with the seventeenth game added to the NFL season. How many records will soon be broken? We'll talk about it on the next show. Thirteen ten KFI..
"food bank" Discussed on The Big Story
"And individual had to prove that they were report and And we don't do that anymore. We do not feel that we are being taken advantage of in any stretch People don't go to food banks To take advantage of of the system The We we get rid of that barrier by how we Interacting and greet Individuals yesterday had a wonderful meeting with with two of my colleagues Who Run the Food Bank? I at New Toronto Street and these are individuals who who really value An individual clients coming in and saying How how can we? How can make your day better and And so we we make it a shopping experience. It's not a not a not A. Here's here's your bag food and Employees it's shop for your for your food. We're glad that you're here. We make sure that That individuals have access to all of these social benefits that they They are entitled to so we set set up systems of of referrals so that Individuals we can shorten the line of individuals needing Food banks but you know the food banks are. There's an important They're an important resource to tens of thousands of people in our city. So while while we have this emergency need We will continue to fill. But we're GONNA advocate for systemic changes our donations as the need for this rises at least in Toronto donations. are are difficult We are very grateful for anybody who makes a food or a monetary donation to the organization Because daily bread needs and it goes you know into to such a simple Needed item food. We just need And so the charitable sector In my opinion is the most competitive sector of our economy It represents about ten percent sign of the economy and They're eighty six thousand charities across the country and all have brilliant missions and so if you have to compete against eighty six thousand great missions And differentiate yourself it becomes very difficult and so how do you do that. That actually fascinates me that that you're in competition with so many worthy causes we Make it known that it is that somebody's active generosity is being used wisely and is desperately needed and People you know it doesn't matter your your background we can all we can all think about a meal It's a commonality across cultures. Everybody knows that That it is a basic Right that individuals have and and And and I wanna see that fulfilled and so we make that known we work with other charities to To make sure that you know social services are provided and You know it's very difficult but time I would say Canadians want to see every individual In their neighborhood doing well and when they're not then they step up to the plate and And they pull out their wallets. Aren't they drop off food. And and they It's an Edward expression of their their inward values. In practical terms is a better to give food or money and what kind of food in practical terms. It's it's better to give to give funds John's but I I don't want to discount the giving of food you know I recall my mother taking me around Lob laws and Often saying here's the paper Bag You know I want you to fill it up with food that you would like and we'll we'll we'll drop it off either at a fire hall or at the end of the grocery store and so t to give food you you you have a a a a great tangible experience that you can pass down to to your Children That that opportunity to think beyond your yourself so I think that there's great lessons through through food to be able to give Funds are also very much appreciated And so as time And so is so as somebody raised their hand and advocating for for change so people have the opportunity to to donate to volunteer advocate. And we're we're grateful recipients on all three what changes for you both in terms of the need from clients and the donations that you get as we move into the holiday a season so the The holiday season is a time where the daily bread food bank makes breaks the next year. It is critically glee important. We are we. We work very very hard and very long hours in order to be able to mobilize that great army of volunteers To be able to raise foods and Diane funds and you know what what what changes I would say. The need doesn't doesn't change during during December but were reminded you know each each and every day as we visit food banks has food is distributed as hope is raised We're reminded of the need and and and we can see it And and this is a time of reflection for many families and so as they think about a season of hope. I think they want to make sure that there is There is hope uh-huh right across sectors right across cultures Roy For every individual living in the country. How do you go about making the move from being a food bank? It is on the front lines feeding people to more of the advocacy and the campaign for systemic change. That you mentioned without kind of taking your eye off the ball you mentioned like resources are limited right. How do you do both these missions? At once what he sacrifice well the good thing abode advocacy is a actually. It's quite low cost to do it. You know we It does not cost us a lot to be able to meet with a minister to meet with if they Member of parliament and city councillor and provide them with the research and the data that supports a compelling case that that that of poverty in the city and and the solutions to it. So it it. It's a lot of Subway Tokens and meetings Rather than cost to do it So our mission is clear We will I work very very hard to increase the quantity and quality of the food. That would is being distributed abated across the across the network While at the same time we devote a fulltime staff resource to mobilize the community and And and we make use of all social channels And that's actually been one of the positive things but social media's it's you know in terms of democratising our our ability to advocate for systemic solutions. So so that is Another tool that we make a great use of finally. What is if you had to sum it up one of the key takeaways from this report that you want people to understand that they may not have understood before about Food Insecurity well. I think I would summarize the report by saying the need is growing and the NITA's growing and it's the Woman or man Sitting beside you on the bus or or at a Tim Hortons who is in need of food banks and unless we Respond to a call of action that need will continue to grow zero and so let's let's respond to it joyfully and and and And Begin to work and fix the stomach The challenges that we have so that everyone I in in in the city. I can escape the clutches of poverty. Thanks for joining us. Now thank you. You'll have ten. CEO of the daily bread. Food Bank if you'd like to help her volunteer you can go to daily bread dot ca to find out more for more from us you can head to the big story PODCAST DOT CA. You can also talk to us on twitter. We're always listening. Have B- big story Afghan and we're in every podcast application. At least the ones we know about where you can write us in review US give us five stars. Tell your friends like subscribe everything that podcast people do. 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"food bank" Discussed on The Big Story
"Here in Canada we have one of the world's best economies. It gets better almost every year and yet somehow almost every year more people are hungry according to a new study by Statistics Canada. More than one million families struggle to put nutritious Tristesse food on the table or enough food at all affecting eight percent of Canadian adults and five percent of children. This is the holiday season and it's a time when foodbanks struggle to feed the thousands of people who need them. We need to talk though. Why that is this year? The daily daily bread food banks WHO's hungry report took a comprehensive look at who is using food banks and how they end up there and they tried tried to reconcile the idea of a rising number of hungry people with that image. We have of Canada as a prosperous country. Something something doesn't add up Jordan Heath. Rawlings this is the big story. Neil Hetherington is the CEO of the daily Bread Food Bank. Hi Neal how are you. I'm great thank you. Thanks for taking the time time for us. It's great to be here really is so before we get into the new report you've published and and what that changes can you explain first of all the the right to food the right to food Is Is it's an overarching concept. Daily bread has has Adopted this year which moves moves the needle. I think when it comes to how charitable acts are done if you think about sort of traditional charity. It's somebody in need. They come into into a food bank they say. Hey I need something. And it's handed to them and they go on their way a right to to food says no you know what you have the right to this. Yes you have the right to housing you have the right to live decently We just need to be We'll be a catalyst for you to To be able to get that right and so it talks about you know who has the duty to be able to To make sure that that happened in our case what we often say is that they're the systems in place Do not allow individuals who are on low incomes to be able to thrive in the city and therefore the right to food dude is is being violated and we need to do something about that so it changes an empathetic charity model into one that is about partnership about about rights. What does that change in terms of the work that you do well? I think one of the things that it does is we from a governance perspective. WE WE WANNA make sure that That board members have lived experience that we have clients who are on our board of directors. There is an understanding that We're GONNA walk this journey together. The changes how we advocate so if we can can take that model and say there's something fundamentally wrong in the systems that that are there that are causing people to live in poverty It gives us a platform to right a wrong and And if we can do that and if those rights are Brought a boat. Then I think you'll start to see things like decent affordable housing built in the city. Low cost transportation Brought about so that people can afford the cost of living and and thrive. Tell me about how this new report kind of pushes that mentality forward and what it found. Well it what it found. Very succinctly is the fact that people's rights are not being You know we went through an unfortunate record this year where there were over a million visits To food banks in Toronto last year. And it's at a time where you know. The economy is booming It's at a time where unemployment is is is low yet. People's right to food is not being realized right and and and he got what's going on. Why is that happening and so how do you do that? How do you try to quantify what's happening? Well we start asking questions nations and And and we go right to the source. We go to individuals who are having to make use of food banks and we went to fourteen hundred clients in the course of if our research and And we talked about what was going on in their lives. And you don't there. There are some Clear patterns on the top line line of their income statement. Their their income is is is is stagnant it is and it's simply not enough to keep up with the cost of living in the city so income becomes a one of the recommendations in terms of how do we realize the right to food and talk about and make a clear recommendations terms of social social policy and policies that will affect individuals in precarious employment on the bottom side of that sort of income statement on the expenses. We make clear recommendations additions when it comes to affordable housing Affordable child care those types of of recommendations that if you take both together because there's no one wants solve to to poverty but if you take both together we can hopefully change the systems And ensure that that an individual is is thriving being in our community over a million visits to food banks last year in Toronto. Is that a spike. Is it higher than last year and if so is it is it part of a trend or is was this jump it was It was a part of an An overall trend And and one. That's counterintuitive intuitive given the economy right it was double the number of So the population grew in Toronto. By two percent foodbank. You grew by four percent so we know that the divide between those who have and who can make the make ends meet between that and and those who are thriving driving is is broadening and And and the divide between those who have in and and don't is something that we want to to combat and make sure sure that everybody has the opportunity In the city who uses foodbanks in Toronto. This report was a lot about myth. Busting it. It was really interesting to me to to to see some of those mis busted for example a forty four percent of food bank users have gone onto a post secondary education. They've gotten college or university. You know almost half of half of the population and in a and and flies in the face of you know you just need to go onto higher education and and and things will be be okay So that was that was a myth busted for for me Another myth Individuals roles who are making use of the Food Bank by large have a higher propensity to have been in the country for plus ten years in one of the concerns that I have had in sort of a AH polarized Community and and immediate environment. That we're in. Is You know often blaming the newcomer to to as as the problem problem in the source of of all concerns and ills. Sure and that's not the case at all and and this this report is very clear on on that other Concern that The came out in terms of WHO's making use of foodbanks was the increase in Propensity for individuals. Who are racial is to to be to have to make use of foodbanks? So as as an example the aboriginal population in Toronto's one percents Yet five percents of food bank users in terms of the black community through Roughly eight percent of the population and twenty four percents of the of a food bank users and so that really causes you to self reflect and to ask what are the bias is going on in our community that would cause that systemic challenge and and so You know I see it every day that I that I walk through and I'm part of Part of the Food Bank. And it's it's a painful reality that I think we need to come to grips with And and advocate for those individuals an advocate alongside those in individuals who are experiencing poverty. Is there a stigma surrounding using using a food bank. Because this is something that we've talked about food insecurity on this program in the past and it's something that every time it comes up it's been mentioned that we need to move past that because you know to your point these are your university colleagues in your your co workers who have a lower income level or other factors and how do you work around that well. Well we I I think part of that is adopting a right to food Model which means that. We work very hard to produce all the barriers about about coming into into a food bank some examples so we do not do you. Income testing when an individual not used to be the case.