Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other News

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Urban Orchard Brings to Life Neglected Vancouver Brownfield
Between three to five years, a vacant Vancouver brownfield has been planted with more than 400 fruit-bearing trees. The city of Vancouver calls the site as the largest urban orchard in North...more



Volunteers to Package 25,000 Meals for School Children
Volunteers at The Children's Hunger Project serve 1,049 children a week in 27 schools in Brevard. The project aims to lift childhood hunger and malnutrition in elementary school children with...more

Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines for Free and Reduced-Priced Meals
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently released the federal income eligibility guidelines for free and reduced-price school meals and free milk for July 2013 through June...more

State and Local Charities Push Congress to Protect Hunger-Relief Programs in the Farm Bill
More than a thousand state and local hunger-relief charities lobby Congress with a letter to strengthen and protect hunger-relief programs in the farm bill negotiations. The letter of appeal urges...more

Pope Francis Supports Caritas Internationalis Campaign to End Hunger
Faith leaders, along with Pope Francis, will participate in a prayer service supporting a global campaign to end hunger. The Caritas Internationalis campaign, the "One Human Family, Food for...more

Food Safety Rules Prevent Meal Distribution to Homeless
A House bill is awaiting final approval in the Senate that would exclude volunteers from the requirement to carry a food handler's permit to serve meals to the homeless. Initiated by Rep. Steve...more

Southeast Raleigh Nonprofit Grocery Store Provides Shopping Oasis in Food Desert
The Ship of Zion Ministries and Hope Community Church sponsored a new nonprofit grocery store backed by Whole Foods market. The 900-foot Galley Grocery Store smack dab in Southeast Raleigh shelves...more

Looking Closer at Locally Grown Urban Produce
In a paper recently published in the September-October issue of Journal of Environmental Quality, the findings identify the issues surrounding urban agriculture. Chefs, patrons and communities are...more

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week
Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is Saturday, Nov. 16, through Sunday, Nov. 24, at Appalachian State University. The week-long recognition brings attention to issues of national poverty,...more




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