United States

Farmers’ Market SNAP Crisis Gets ‘Emergency Support,’ But No Long-term Fix

by Hugh Merwin Grub Street July 23, 2018

A nonprofit group will use its own funds to temporarily extend a payment platform that allows SNAP recipients to buy food at thousands of farmers’ markets across the country. In a statement, the National Association of Farmers Market Nutrition Programs announced that it can fund the system for 30 ...

Hunger Task Force runs its own farm

by Crocker Stephenson Milwaukee Journal Sentinel July 20, 2018

In Milwaukee County Wisconsin, Hunger Task Force's farm is producing about a half-million pounds of fruits and vegetables each year. It is a crop worth nearly a million dollars, says Matt King, who is the Hunger Task Force’s farm director, and it is distributed, without cost, to soup kitchens, she...

Replenishing a Food Desert, One Store at a Time

by Kate Elizabeth Queram Route Fifty July 18, 2018

In Dayton, a community-owned and operated grocery store will set up shop in the heart of one of Ohio's largest food deserts....

Video: food bank to grow hundreds of fish yearly to feed the hungry

by Chris Lovingood WTAE.com July 11, 2018

In Pennsylvania, a local food bank is taking several pallet tanks, and converting them into a place to grow 480 fish a year and more than 2,800 pounds of greens to give to people in need. The waste from the fish will be used as fertilizer to help the greens grow. This will all take place in four lar...

Some food stamp recipients may soon lose access to farmers market benefits

by Jane Black and Leah Douglas Washington Post July 9, 2018

Across the US, recipients of USDA's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) - sometimes referred to as food stamps - are able to get more by shopping at farmers markets, where the value of their benefits is matched or supplemented by other funds. But a technical issue with the payment proce...

Photo: Abner Stolztfus owns Cedar Dream dairy farm in Peach Bottom, Pa. Last year, Stolztfus decided to invest almost $200,000 in equipment and learned how to make yogurt from scratch. Kimberly Paynter/WHYY]

Struggling Farmers Turn Excess Milk Into Cheese And Yogurt For The Hungry

by Catalina Jaramillo NPR July 3, 2018

Philabundance, a Pennsylvania nonprofit that turns food waste into donations is working with dairy farmers to turn excess milk into cheese and yogurt for the hungry. ...

Public colleges confront student hunger, housing needs over summer

by Scott O’Connell Worcester Telegram July 2, 2018

In Massachusetts, local public colleges and universities are ramping up efforts to provide safety net programs to students over the summer break. This year, all four public colleges in Central Massachusetts have launched or plan to launch new on-campus food pantries as a stopgap measure to help stud...

Podcast: Feeding America: Solve Hunger by Reducing Food Waste

by Mitch Ratcliffe earth911.com June 26, 2018

Earth911.com interviews Feeding America's Liz Baldridge, director of Sustainability and Food Waste Initiatives, and Zuani Villareal, director of communication at Feeding America, to discuss food waste....

Photo: Nilsa Adorno, 30, of Franklinville, has neighborhood children form a line to eat free lunch supplied by the federal government and distributed by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The meals make up for school lunches children miss during summer. [David Maialetti/Philly.com]

Fighting summer hunger block by block, lunch by lunch

by Alfred Lubrano philly.com June 24, 2018

Just 40% of the children who receive school lunches are reached in the summer: the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger measured lunch consumption during October and July 2017. In Philadelphia public and charter schools, around 130,000 free lunches were served per day in October; in July, 5...

Addy Battel, a 15-year-old from Cass City, is pictured at Battel Heritage Farms. (Courtesy Addy Battel/Huron Daily Tribune)

Local youth fights world hunger

by Mike Gallagher Huron Daily Tribune June 24, 2018

In Michigan, Addy Battel, 15, of Cass City, started "Meating the Need for our Village Hunger" four years ago when her rural town became a food desert. She works with friends and neighbors "to provide high quality protein to low-income members of our community and the communities surrounding us, whil...