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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 banks" Discussed on Boston Public Radio Podcast
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"food banks" Discussed on Boston Public Radio Podcast
"Of dollars from the government. Twenty eight point. Six billion just for restaurants in the restaurant revitalization fund. This was the biggest victory ever and then to make it even better. The biden administration said we are going to open all applications to women people of color and veterans. They were shut out of the paycheck protection. The ppp act the first time a big businesses knocking and they opted. They vacuumed up the money. We're not making that mistake again. We're going to prioritize women. People of color and veterans and white own restaurants goaded by Fronts including stephen miller the odious former trump adviser found some white restaurant owners to say. Hey this is prejudice. I'm not gonna get in the back of the line. Just because i'm white. I need this money just as much as anyone else did. And in the case of some of the why donors. They didn't need the money as much as anyone else. But they were able to get a ruling that would a halt to all of the handing applications because of course all of them went all the money went pretty soon and then people like amanda cohen. A dirt candy at done a victory dance because not only her case was she one of the leaders who got this asked but she was also approved for her loan application and other people that that we read about people color veterans women and then they got a us kidding memo from the small business administration. Saying we're sorry. This ruling has made us has forced to reevaluate all the applications in a sort of flying to weather. You check the box for asian so a story in in the boston globe by genucel nanos. Anissa guard gardezi really really well reported. A most people are saying no. This isn't happening and we're not getting this and it's it's it's an outrage. It's a reversal of what the intentions of the vitamin station work. Well can we continue the bad news just for a second spring court fairly predictably six conservatives versus three liberal-leaning justices knocked down a provision. That gave organizers access the farmworkers that essentially was pretty critical in an industry where it's very hard to reach people and their seasonal and that sort of thing briefly describe it and less briefly. Describe what you perceive to be the impact. Corby kummer union organizers. Were going onto farms and five in the morning before the actual shifts in with megaphones. They were trying to drum up support for union organization and part of this was they were given rights by a california law. That was enacted. I don't find the date right now on the story but it was too over herm. The federal law in the nineteen thirties that gave union access to the workday but excluded farmworkers out of sheer racism. And so a california had tried to protect and make up for this by allowing farm workers. After cesar chavez in the sixties strikes united farm workers it said a migrant workers all workers should be allowed to hear unionization messages and several large packers food appeal brought it all the way up to the supreme court and six to three. The supreme court said that's right that's invading the personal property the private property of these farm of producers and out unions..
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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"food banks" Discussed on The Leader
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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 banks" Discussed on Reset with Jenn White
"food banks" 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 banks" 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 banks" 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 banks" Discussed on KFAB's Morning News with Gary Sadlemyer
"In a shorter period of time and in less days gary for for the most part It doesn't matter whether it's thanksgiving or christmas july fourth Or august six. We're going to do about the same about business every month It's just because of the days off in thanksgiving and christmas channing. A lot more work in the short period of well. I want to come back to a few items but first let's make sure everybody knows Special event happening this saturday right. Yeah cutting on. Saturday at Just art facility. Nine o'clock We're doing a community wide food drive. Now it's something that we did earlier on back in april bay And we had an incredible turnout by the community That gave us. I think all purpose purposes about two semis worth of food. And it's just a drive through Food drive. we're going to have volunteers there Just put packages of food in your trunk or you know so that you know there's no contact And volunteers that will take food. That just as you drive through So it's right at our facility at a hundred and fifty jay street so we'd really like to have folks come up and take part. I've got a question that's great and we'll make sure that information is broadcast repeatedly Brag out questionnaire from a great Listener bell who says look he said. I don't doubt that there are poor people an area that i have a hard time buying enough food. But he wants to know where that twenty five percent One four heartland children don't have access to meals they need. He says that seems like a lot. How do you calculate that brian sure. There's a organization called feeding america. Which is which we were a member Its membership network of two hundred food banks around the country. there's there's two in the state of nebraska us and the and the food bank of lincoln feeding america conditions of the study On an annual basis that estimates the number of food insecure people And actually it's done on a county and those numbers are based off of various data points from poverty Unemployment all. Those things are taken into consideration. And the estimate is that one in four kids I believe somewhere prior to covid in our service area in nebraska and western iowa. We're talking about seventy thousand kids. I believe that number due to covid has now been pushed up for. It's closer to one hundred thousand Prior to covid in our service area about two hundred seven thousand people were considered food insecure and two hundred ninety. Six thousand are now considered food insecure. That's the best estimate now. He's absolute spot on those counts. Though one of the most difficult things to do is to You know count noses. As far as people who are hungry because people cycle in and out us that on a daily basis And so somebody who food insecure today may not tomorrow so it. It's really difficult and it's all based estimates. Well one of the things and you know this better than practically anybody. brian As as the generosity that Of the people around here and we see it. We see it all the time and and you obviously see it all the time So i if you're going to have an outpouring on saturday and nine basically nine to noon at the food bank but it's also worth noting that you can use help inside the facility right just helping on loud and all that absolutely You know one of the things that we we saw early on In the pandemic was that many we rely heavily on corporate volunteers businesses. Send their employees to us. You know for team building activities and and whatnot. You know volunteer at our organization. Well that that right up pretty quickly. but what. We were very fortunate that we had individuals and families step up and take over those shifts but as we move on we. We've seen our volunteer numbers. Dwindled bed and so we have Need for volunteers desperately To take up the slack a packaging food that we desperately need in order for us to do our job because we can't do what we do without volunteers. So i'd love for people to go onto our website and you can sign up right online shifts tuesday through saturday nine eleven. Thirty one to three thirty. We have a wednesday evening shift from five to seven and our saturday shifts runs from nine. Two would love for people to do that. Hundred theft jay and again this saturday particularly What do people typically do. Brian the load up truck or suv or a pickup truck. Or why just just pulling back on saturday. All you have to do is just put your food in your in your trunk when you drive through And then just pop the trunk and volunteers. We'll take it out and then off you go We had in excess of you know between five and six hundred cars. That came out last time i had about. You know two semi worth of food. That's beautiful So the weather looks like it's going to be you know decent for this time of year so so we really love it and gary. If you don't mind i'd love to put in one other flocks just for our food bank but it's for nonprofits in general tomorrow's a big day for nonprofits around the country giving tuesday and at this pandemic has impacted obviously impacted us. But it's impacted countless nonprofits who are doing yeoman's work With with little reserve Funding draws an opportunity for folks. You know why if you decide to give the loss you know bless you thank. You were grateful. But i'm making a plea for the nonprofit industry as a whole There's a lot of heavy lifting on out there By some great people and they need some help We do too so if you give to us. Thank you were humbled and and we utilize those resources. The very best that we can But i just make a plea for giving tuesday tomorrow folks. I know that's where your heart is. Brian thank you. And i i tell you what. I wouldn't be surprised. Rosie and lucy bryant. A lot of people Made a decision this year on christmas. Budgeting let's do this instead or at least in addition to sure Not only the not only the small businesses which are many of them. Diane but also the nonprofits and that's per tomorrow giving tuesday well a lot of them and i'm as you know sadler heavily involved in the nebraska grades foundation and we're going to be ramped up tomorrow on giving tuesday because we lost two major events and forty seven percent of our revenues are tied to events but thanks to covid nineteen on an annual basis. Lost two of them including one of the biggest ones so It's it's one of these deals where okay you know a lot of people that help. A lot of people are in need of a lot of help themselves very very generous community. It's very generous country. And i'm sure step mood bag heartland dot org if you wanna make any time secure financial donation and again the drive through drive up food. Drive the saturday night. In the new brian. Thanks always good debut on appreciate it. Thank thank you. I appreciate the time..
"food banks" Discussed on The Takeaway
"Has access to food. I think that what most Americans don't necessarily understand is the disparity in income for four people living in America. When you look at El Paso, we're talking about twenty four percent of the population living in poverty. And then when you look at a term called Alice, which is people who are actually working there above the poverty line, so they are not eligible for many of the month programs the safety net programs. That's another 32% of our population. So over fifty percent of the population for El Paso for example does not have enough juice. Come for a reasonable lifestyle even given that that point though that the government the federal government chooses where and when to spend its money. Why isn't this a bigger priority? It should be and I want to pose that question to both of you because there are funding issues that are funding problems at the state level and even at the federal government level is in that right Susan, that's exactly right and I often think that the populations that Christina and I serve are often forgotten and what their issues are not brought to light. So I'm incredibly grateful for you telling our story wage. We're looking at the government commodity trend line for the coming year and then 20 21 in the middle of the pandemic the USDA is cutting the government commodity program in a half less than what it was in 2019. And these are issues that just do not get enough attention and I think it's because the people we serve are marginalized Christina there is still still off. Because of that being marginalized and just because a lot of people particularly if they're first-timers have around accessing food at food banks. What would you say to someone right now who's listening but reluctant to go there I would say we really need people to to take care of themselves, you know food is that Catalyst that can help Stave lies crises four people. We know that food insecurity persists because people are having to make what are what are essentially false. What should be false choices. Do I pay the rent or do I buy the food that I need for lunch people are going to time and time again choose to skip eating because if I don't pay my rent my landlord is going to come knocking my door, but if I skipped much that day nobody's going to come knocking on my door. We we we really want people to not just consider going to their food bank. But if they are all there are eligible for them. So applying for those nutrition assistance programs like Snap or food stamps quick. If you are a pregnant or nursing mother or have an infant or child under the age of five off all those resources. We know that it takes both those public resources and the private sector in order to help put food on the on the table. So taking, you know, you know, these these resources are available for you to use and people choose to decline using them for any number of reasons, but but for your health and for your safety wage, you know there there are resources are available. If it's a matter of people are concerned or don't know where to go to your local food bank can help you connect both with those public resources as well as well and and providing food at at our programs Susan there are people listening who are not dealing with food insecurity and who may want to find a solution for this issue birth. That's so many of their fellow Americans are facing and some that might not even want to say that they're facing it what can people who do have the means to help? What should they be thinking about doing right now? I think we're seeing a time of unprecedented hunger right now and everyone can be part of the solution. So I'm hoping that those people who are unaffected by the pandemic. They've not seen economic loss. They can help their neighbors. It is an easy thing to do to go on food bank's website and to make a donation food banks are incredibly resourceful. Every dollar that we receive here in El Paso is seven meals on a hungry persons table. You said $1 provides seven meals for someone. That's exactly right. Hopefully people who are paying attention because that's a lot of meals in a very difficult time. So Susan in Texas there been recent State funding cuts that have affected food banks including your own what time? Those cuts meant for how you've been able to continue to feed people particularly as the winter months come we are deeply concerned about the cuts to Surplus Agricultural Product funding those grants have been cut by 44% which means 19.8 million pounds of produce being destroyed rather than going to feed hungry Texans. And in many cases. This is food that is not harvested or it's killed under or it's it's destroyed in some way and it makes absolutely no sense to in the middle of a pandemic to reduce the amount of fresh produce reaching hungry Texans. What's behind that decision is that just happen is that happening at the federal level is that just happening at the state level? And if so, why who made that call? Unfortunately off many government budgets are unfortunately many government budgets are in trouble right now income is down from taxes and governments choosing where and when they have to make Cuts here in Texas, the governor has encouraged all departments to make a cut and unfortunately this particular program slashed 44% So we are deeply deeply concerned about how are we going to get enough food for our people and he'd in the middle of this pandemic and fresh fruits and vegetables is one of the best sources and the most nutritious sources that we can normally find. So we're very distressed about lots of this program. I sort of talked about this earlier, but I'm wondering whether or not you're getting the help you need from the federal government to make up for that but it doesn't sound like it right now. No you say again is cutting these national food programs. The emergency food program assistance program has been cut and we're facing a cliff wage with government Commodities being slashed and going to about half of what they were in 2019 again in the middle of a pandemic when numbers of people in need are going up. It keeps saying data be looking at these large massive Cuts in federal commodity programs. Finally Susan earlier in the Trump Administration President Trump decided that to at least attempt limiting SNAP benefits for undocumented immigrants in this country. Are you seeing any effect lingering effect from that as we are now in a pandemic and dealing with the food and security crisis?.
"food banks" Discussed on Voices of the Community
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"food banks" Discussed on Voices of the Community
"Welcome to voices of the community which explores critical issues facing northern California communities. We introduce you to the voices of community thought leaders and change makers who are working on solutions that face our fellow individual community members neighborhoods cities in our region is George Koster, your host. This episode is part of a series of interviews we conducted through our participation in the bay area video coalitions, TV, show titled San Francisco nonprofits spotlight. The interviews were conducted via zoom from April to June twenty twenty during the height of the first phase of the covid nineteen pandemic and the shelter in place requirements. The, goal of the series is a shining spotlight on the nonprofits and their staff who are struggling to deal with the impact of the covid nineteen pandemic on their operations, services and sustainability. The series of interviews we conducted future voices from a cross section of organizations that make up the fabric of our community. Each of them brings a unique perspective on how they and we are dealing with the issues facing our community during the pandemic. So I think the first thing that was sort of an indicator that things were about to change released. Significantly US was we'll look at our find food page on our website at sort of an indicator, and in February, this year battle site had about nine hundred visits in April Busier Dot site had twenty, five thousand visits. In this episode, we feature the Voice of Katie, McKnight, the director of community engagement with the San. Francisco. Marin foodbank. The San Francisco. Marin foodbanks mission is to end hunger in San Francisco and Marin where one in four neighbors is at risk of hunger the food bank was providing food for thirty thousand households per week. This was all before the covid nineteen, pandemic eight and tens of thousands of people in San. Francisco and Marin lost their jobs. The Need is estimated now to have doubled over the past ninety days over one hundred of the food banks two, hundred and fifty plus. Food Pantries had to close because the COVID nineteen pandemic. The Food Bank is operating twenty plus pop up pantries at schools and community centers to address the massive food insecurity facing our neighbors to help feed homebound seniors who used to visit San Francisco Marin foodbank pantries for groceries. They have created the Pantry at home program to deliver food directly to seven thousand plus seniors I'm drawing remote leave you sound by Katie McKnight the director of the engagement of the same Marin foodbank. Katie thanks for being here today. So can you since you run the volunteer program in work out in the community? How has the COVID nineteen epidemic impacted the San Francisco Marin flu bank, and what are you seeing out there in the community? Shot Georgie No. I've. Seven and a half years, and we've never seen anything like this before we've never seen such a rapid increase in the needs of our services on dot is something that. We just were not not a disobedient and we didn't really know what was going to happen when Kobe's and all his place really began. Right now serving an additional thirty thousand households elite. Nearly doubled our distribution in ending. That's the first thing we're noticing his jazz how severe is in House Bilious Titans and. Then additionally it who the participants are. So we have participants may have lost access you. Attended a really what we're learning now. Community are talking. Henry's it's those. This auction, their first time eating food assistance, and it's doing in direct. To John Watson. Rena buying homes, and so for me doc, one of the things that really stands out is how quickly the need has spines and how large. Is. In really who it is, that were serving in NCA dot dot shift so much more. KRIEG Open nineteen in. So with the the covid nineteen and the impact of more families and children asking foods what have you and your team Dan to respond to the situation. So I think the first thing that was sort of indicator that things were about to change release significantly. Was We'll look at our fine soon page on our website as sort of an indicator, and in February this year battle site had about nine hundred visits in April. This year sites had twenty, five, thousand visits. So we we started seeing that Amory's early on you're going to. Pretty quickly and adjust our services. So we've got a couple of ways the biggest way which. Community is what we are calling our Papa Pantries. So we had over hundred ten of our Banja sites out of two hundred and seventy, five hundred close directly because the nineteen right now amid may about eight of that are online. So we are really pretty good about that but right now we are we know there's increase names. So we've opened these hop injuries is Earn the android across San Francisco Marin and these are poppy RPG's in every quadrant of the city and across Maranh where our families. Jingo each week to gain access to your hobby drains protein hand fragile roadies. When we first started these pop ups in late March, we relocated serving with three hundred, six, hundred selegeline now. Are Serving Mohur twelve hundred eighteen hundred inge. Seventeen hundred thousands each week. Wow, that's That's that's quite a volume. Would you mind sharing with the audience? Probably one of your favorite stories were moments to the Papa Pantries because scam. Now, more than ever the you know food banks out in the community itself instead of having people come to yours. Yeah I. You know I think back to one of the first hand trees. We opened a site on out in the navy and I was there sort of acting as degreed reader helping manage the line answered questions You don't ask many questions about participants may come Germany Andreas Valley to try to strike up conversation. I've spoke to this woman who is up at an independence open and lost their job, and we were just talking I was asking how she'd heard about the name. She's not I knew the day was there was providing food, but it wasn't anything I never bought On she had changed said no, and she's said to you high school age boys. Do you know how much one high school age boy eats alone to school age boys and she took highs and? I and. I didn't know what I was going to do. I didn't know how I was going to be able to find job is A. Children's. And then I heard about the through distribution IRA access to food and. In. ADDS a little bit of relief and make a little bit better than I know.
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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 banks" Discussed on Today, Explained
"About a month and a half ago when this pandemic was just starting to heat up in the United States. We reached out to all of our listeners. Instead let us know what your questions are and many of you got back in touch and said what's up with the nations food supply this thing that we never have to worry about this thing that the government handles for us but all of a sudden you know you were worried about so we reach out to people in the know and they said don't worry about it. The nations food supply is fine but a month and a half in now we have a better idea of what this pandemic is doing to the nations food and while they're still might be enough food. What we know is that farmers have way too much of it. Food banks don't have nearly enough and food workers are getting sick. Halina bottom Miller has been covering all the angles for politico. You know I think we're seeing an unprecedented level of disruption. There is plenty of food. We live in a nation of twenty. We have plenty of calories. We have plenty to eat in this country but the distribution of food right now is so fundamentally shaken by all of the sudden Americans really not eating in restaurants not eating on cruise ships not eating in cafeterias and the supply chain is really struggling to adapt. And that's why we're seeing really wasted. An unprecedented scale. We're seeing crops being destroyed so far we've lost over four million pounds of green beans over five million pounds of cabbage from her friend. That left ten million pounds of tomatoes milk being dumped if such a waste and it's such a trauma for the dairy farmer that has worked so hard you know meat processing plants are going down now. The plant that supplies five percent of our nation's entire pork supply is closed indefinitely and today Smithfield announced two more closures joining other companies taking similar measures. We've really not seen anything like this in our lifetimes. So the issue here is in about whether or not people want the food. It's more that we can't get that food from point. A. Point B. so I think cabbage is a really good example. I just did a story that Featured a farmer that was we call it disc king right so there grinding their crop into the ground. That's what they call. It is disc this cropped into the ground. He was disc being hundreds of acres of cabbage into his fields. And you think why like. Why can't we just sell all that cabbage at the grocery store? Well that cabbage is generally used for the Coleslaw at restaurant chains like KFC. So are Americans going to eat just as much cabbage as they would if they were going to cave seeing getting fried chicken and getting their side of cabbage no they're not like the demand of cabbage is fundamentally different in a world in which you're not going to places like KFC so it's just a complete reordering of the food supply. It's not that we're necessarily consuming less. It's that we're consuming different foods all of a sudden we're going. We're buying pasta and canned foods at a level that we were not before this pandemic so you're seeing certain products get cleared out of grocery stores. But actually there's plenty of produce in most grocery stores and that is largely because of this big disruption of some of the produce can get redirected to retail but the volumes are just so incredible that we don't have a system set up to redistributed. But it isn't just cabbage right mean. I've been reading about milk and eggs even though when I go to the grocery store it seems like milk and eggs are often the first things that they're sold out of after toilet paper. So why are dairy farmers having issues right now? It's incredibly tragic in some ways. Because dairy farmers have struggled with low prices for so long you know so many have gone out of business and now we're in a situation where people are demanding at the grocery store. And like you said you go. And they're either limited how much you can buy or they're out in. Meanwhile they're dumping. I think a really good way to wrap your head around. What's happening is to think about school meals. So I think about. Seven percent of all the fluid milk in the country usually goes to school lunches and breakfasts so there in those little cartons and so all this milk is going into the little cartons every day for millions of school children. And all of a sudden you disrupt that or you know maybe the kids are taking more of another type of food and not as much milk you then have. These plants that are used to producing for these very specific food service cartons. All of a sudden they don't have gallon containers they don't have their whole production line. Set Up to do that. So it's really hard to just flip that switch to all of the sudden have all the processing you need to fulfil that demand and make it all work and I think we're really seeing that. There's a lot of places in the food. Supply are pretty inflexible. I mean there is plenty of milk and the fact that you have outages at the grocery store. It's just mind boggling. So what do you do with all that milk? They're I mean they're dumping it on on fields and manure lagoons if a cheese plant isn't able to process all of the raw milk in their area. I mean they really don't have a choice. They maybe all their tanks full they can't store it It's incredibly tragic and I can tell you right now. Dairy farmers hate the idea of dumping milk. They work so hard day in and day out to produce that. They're very proud of what they do. It's one of the things that's really really tough. On farmers of all kinds they do not like to see the fruits of their Labor wasted. Like this and the same is happening for eggs. Yeah so eggs. You know if you're if you're a plant that mostly processes liquid eggs for food service like think about when you go to a hotel and you see those big trays of Scrambled eggs those usually come from liquid eggs the from these. They're called breaker facility. So that facilities not set up to just package eggs in cartons that were used to buying and reconfiguring everything. It does overnight. I actually read the other day. I guess there is actually a shortage of egg cartons for packing eggs. So logistics of all. This are truly complex. And I think we're really seeing again. The limits of how Nimble this food supply can be in a crisis like this until beyond dairy and vegetables. What's up with meat? I mean I don't know you've everyone saw this story but there is certainly this. This articles circulating around that suggested that the nation has a huge surplus of chicken wings because March madness didn't happen and a lot of chicken wings. Were ready to go for all of the bars and restaurants where people would be watching basketball. Is that true you know? I'm not sure exactly about chicken wings but think about it again. In terms of how consumptions changing right so people might be going to the store and buying chicken breasts which are easier to prepare at home but most people are not going to consume as many chicken wings if someone else's not preparing them for them so I would not be surprised at all if that were the case. We just shifted our consumption so quickly There really isn't another time in history where you could point to the entire country changing its consumption on a dime. Well we throw around the word unprecedented a lot but it really is unprecedented. The meat system is really showing I think some of the consequences of concentration so it has become increasingly concentrated with a few companies processing large section or large percentage of the pork beef and chicken supply. And so when you have these very high volume meat plants. They're extremely efficient like they've probably brought the cost of meat down but if something goes wrong say a corona virus its workers. That is incredibly disruptive. I mean we've seen one smithfield plant. Go down that took out five percent of the pork processing capacity and I think pork processing right now because of Corona virus outbreaks. Down somewhere between a you know a fifth or a quarter of all pork processing is down. I mean that's an incredible amount of disruption to to the meat supply and we do have meat. We have pretty big frozen stories of meat in this country but a lot of economists are are starting to predict that you know the meat shortages could very well be around the corner because this is so disruptive of course the president invoked the Defense Production Act yesterday and just signed this executive order saying that meat. Packing plants are critical infrastructure and they should remain open. Is the president concerned about the safety of the people who work in these plants? I think unions and worker advocacy groups. Think not right. They are very concerned about what this executive order will mean for the workers on the frontlines of these meat processing plants need. These are already physically demanding grueling jobs they are already thankless and many of these workers are afraid to go to work. Because they're working in very close quarters I mean they can be just a few feet away from each other shoulder to shoulder. It's very easy for you to process. Meet in that way. It's very difficult for you to practice social distancing in a meat plant so there's a lot of criticism about the executive order You know the president and his supporters certainly feel that this is critical infrastructure. And the the sad part about when you close meat plants. It's not like all the animals can just wait. This whole system is built around keeping animals flowing through the processing line so when you close a meat plant the pigs that let's go get processed. They're the right size. You cannot just wait for weeks and weeks and keep feeding them. It's expensive they'll get too big there you know. There's just a million reasons why you can't do that. And all of the small pigs. You're raising the piglets. The whole system then gets backed up all the way through. And so. That's why you now have. Farmers looking at having to euthanize potentially hundreds of thousands of animals because they can't process them on time. So it's this really efficient system. We have like it's efficient in terms of. We have very inexpensive meet in this country. But I think we're starting to see again the vulnerabilities in the system and workers are really at the front lines with that because without them. You can't keep these plants operating so you have this tension. I think unfairly between keeping the lines open for meat processing and the humans at the front of that who make it possible and I guess in in addition to the tragedy that is workers in these plants are dying are getting cove nineteen are getting sick.
"food banks" Discussed on Here & Now
"A smart thermometer. Yes this one like others. Take your temperature. But it's connected to an APP that uploads data to the Internet where it can alert scientists to disease hotspots Kinza Health has donated or sold more than two million of these devices to homes across the country. They launched eight years ago to track. Diseases like seasonal flu by tracking fevers. Now they're being used in the fight against covert nineteen. Ceo and founder Inder. Singh joins us from San Francisco by Skype an inter. We know a smart thermometer. Read your temperature but what happens when the data from yours gets to someone smartphone. Think of it more like a connected medical guidance system right just imagine that your five year old is sick and they come into bed in the middle of the night and they say Mama Mama Daddy Daddy. I'm sick you know. What do you do when you do the only thing you could possibly do you grab the thermometer will then what happens a few minutes later? Is We get a notification from your phone? It says it looks like you took a temperature. Who's it so you select a profile of the person in the family and then we start providing age based guidance will ask you things like. Do you have any of these severe symptoms than we ask You. What symptoms you do have and let's say you had a cough and we'll help you characterize the cough so with each additional tap you get a little bit more guidance about what to do stay home with you should go to the doctor etc if there is a temperature or even if there isn't that goes into this data pool and you do this all the time so my understanding is you're constantly taking in effect the temperature of the country and you can see by subtracting the norm. Let's say okay everybody's for a year had roughly this kind of a temperature by taking that out. You can see when there are spikes that's right. We launched health weather dot. Us On march eighteenth and it does exactly what you described we map either levels across the country and we subtract out what you would normally expect from cold and flu season in that particular location. What's leftover is unusual fever levels and at this particular point in time that unusual outbreak is covered nineteen and those unusual fever levels are about a two week leading indicator of Kobe nineteen spread. We're just about to publish something that shows that it's approximately two week leading indicator of first death in that particular area. I mean think of it as a flashlight going on the map saying something odd is going on here send the test Kitson send the virologist we know that Professor William Shatner Baylor infectious disease specialist. Peter Hotels both frequent guests on this program very excited about these findings in part because we have the CDC but the CDC count on people going to their healthcare departments and then they take that data but can take time yours. Doesn't that's right I not. Everyone goes to see the doctor. Second is typically with an infectious disease. You see the doctor. One day during the illness episode. We have the ability to talk to people over time to understand severity. Metrics help fast. It's spreading within the home. How fast spreading within a neighborhood know how fast it's spreading within a home? You can predict what's going to happen to the broader population. It's dated purpose built for outbreak detection. But you know the questions here About privacy and personal security. This means that there's a database when people are sick I mean. People could extrapolate from that things get really horrific with an outbreak. Like this one the next thing you know. There's someone knocking on your door. Because they know you have a fever. I appreciate you asking this question. It is not possible to reverse engineer. The percentage of people in a county that have a fever to an individual what we're providing health weather dot. Us What we have built. We believe has the perfect equation to protect a person's privacy in personal information and at the same time democratize access to information that you your community. Your healthcare system in your government need to respond to outbreaks. In fact we should say you are providing what you're finding to accredited institutions public health people researchers. Yeah there's an API where all of those entities can download the data from health weather and obviously it's displayed on health weathers. Well yeah tell us now. What are you seeing? Take the temperature of the country for us right now when it comes to cove in nineteen what are you seeing? So let's remember that this is a two or three week leading indicator of what's happening so in every single geography where they've implemented aggressive social distancing. The data clearly shows that it's working within three to seven days. You see fever levels leveling off in start dropping very very fast and remember. This is breaking the chain of infection. Not only for covert nineteen but everything and the one thing I would say to anyone. Who's listening is please know that your sacrifices are making a difference. They're saving lives. We are flattening the curve. It is really important that we keep doing that right now. The second thing is that now that we broken the chain of infection which you want to have happen as you want it to go to zero that you've really broken community spread in many places in the country. We're going towards zero but there's one location that's not gone below one percent and that is New York. My hypothesis is. It's really really hard to do. Aggressive social distancing in a city like New York which is a high density city where people are in apartments in need to leave their apartments at least once a week or once every other week. It's still going down in New York. It's just not going down fast. The number of newly infected people is dropping dramatically. Now it doesn't mean that the number Kobe cases will immediately because remember. This is a two to three week. Lean indicator we are probably still facing the worst of it this week or next week and just by the way you can see that with two million. We're a country three hundred and fifty million. Yeah so we've got over two million users. It's a sample size. Calculation rate is all about sampling different locations but The science is pretty. Well vetted if you compare this kind of data to what? Cdc has we get anywhere between one hundred and two hundred fifty thousand temperature readings per day. We've had well over three million since March one. Compare that to the CDC system and they get data from three thousand clinics typically delayed by week to week and a half every week. It works pretty effectively. That's interesting. Ceo and founder of Kenza Health. The smart thermometer that tracks disease spread just fascinating. Inter thank you so much. Thank you and by the way if you were concerned about privacy issues next week we're going to talk to futurists who say get ready. We are all going to be wearing wearables. Tell people our temperature in order to get into stadiums theaters to get into work. That's next week. But meanwhile the Kinza. Thermometers cost from forty to seventy dollars each but for everyone you by. Inger says his company will donate one to a family in need will link up at here now dot org.
"food banks" 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 banks" 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 banks" 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.