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Why our local farmers are heroes

by Sydney Vaught Fairbanks Daily News-Miner May 2, 2018

May 1 was Alaska Agriculture Day. AmeriCorps Vista volunteer, Sydney Vaught, of Breadline Inc., highlights ways that Alaska's local farmers are a major key to alleviating Alaska’s unique issue of food insecurity....

Image of Food Stat homepage courtesy Montgomery County Government

Interactive Website Illuminates Food Insecurity Across Montgomery County

by Bethany Rodgers Bethesda Magazine May 2, 2018

Montgomery County Maryland launched an interactive online tool that sheds light on food insecurity across the area, highlighting concentrations of need in parts of the county where residents face a high cost of living and can lack mobility and accessibility to food....

Americans Waste About A Pound Of Food A Day, USDA Study Finds

by Christina Troitino Forbes April 28, 2018

A recently published study funded by the United States Department of Agriculture found that American consumers waste about one pound of food per day, or 225-290 pounds per year. This means that roughly 20% of all food put on the plates of Americans is trashed every year, or enough to feed 2 billion ...

Seniors Face Hunger in Colorado

by Annalise Baer Valley Courier April 26, 2018

Senior citizens in the United States often face unique challenges in regards to hunger, but in Colorado's San Luis Valley seniors receive assistance in part through South-Central Colorado Seniors, an “Area Agency on Aging” organization which last year reached 1,900 people....

Photo: A pop-up food bank on Eastern Washington University’s campus. [courtesy KXLY.com]

EWU introduces food pantries to end student hunger

by Drew Reeves KXLY.com April 25, 2018

In 2016, Eastern Washington University conducted a survey, which found one-third of its students are what is called "food insecure." Now, the university is trying to end the problem of student hunger, introducing new food pantries all around campus with the help of 2nd Harvest....

Image: USDA’s Economic Research Service

Can the Recovery Quench America’s Food Deserts?

by Andrew Soergel U.S. News and World Report April 25, 2018

In a time of seeming prosperity, millions of Americans struggle with food access and security...

Photo: Danielle Blair, an AmeriCorps volunteer, holds a container of food water culled from the donations given to the Care and Share Food Closet in Farmington. [Andree Kehn/Sun Journal]

Danielle Blair: Why not wasting food is important

by Bonnie Washuk Lewiston Sun Journal April 23, 2018

Maine AmeriCorps volunteer Danielle Blair has been working with the United Way and food banks, and finding ways for Franklin County organizations, stores and farms to reduce food waste and food insecurity....

Photo: A grocery store near Detroit’s Wayne State University campus [Omar Abdel-Baqui]

Detroit’s ‘food deserts’ are a burden for many

by Slone Terranella The South End April 23, 2018

Detroit’s growing restaurant scene has sparked dialogue about the lack of grocery stores within the city. The Michigan Department of Agriculture has labeled 19 Detroit neighborhoods as a “food desert," which is a term used to describe an urban area that lacks accessibility to quality and afforda...

Photo: UC Riverside’s R’Pantry is growing with cross-campus support. [courtesy UCR]

Establishing Food Security: It Takes a Village

by Sandra Baltazar Martinez Inside UCR April 22, 2018

University of California Riverside is helping grow the campus food pantry, R'Pantry, with the support of staff, faculty, and students. Using a combination of donated food, a community garden, and cash donations, they serve over a thousand students in need....

Photo: Composting food scraps is one way to reduce food waste, but preventing excess food in the first place is better, says the EPA. [Paul Mansfield Photography/Getty Images]

Grocery Stores Get Mostly Mediocre Scores On Their Food Waste Efforts

by Menaka Wilhelm NPR April 16, 2018

The Center for Biological Diversity and The "Ugly" Fruit and Veg Campaign recently asked the 10 largest U.S. supermarkets how they handle food waste, and gave each store's efforts a letter grade: no store received an A grade....