Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other News

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Retired Oregon Teacher Leads Food Pantry to Serve Low-Income Students
Chris Ferguson, a retired teacher in the Bethel School District, has led a farmers' market-like food pantry at Cascade Middle School every Monday for the last year. At 62, Ferguson is one of the...more



Turning Swimming Pools Into Food Gardens
The Garden Pool, a solar-powered aquaponic greenhouse, was created by innovative couple Dennis and Danielle McClung in 2009 after purchasing a foreclosed home in Mesa, Arizona. With the Garden...more

Muslim Groups are Putting Their Faith in Food Banks for Communities in Need
Ali Jawad, a 22-year-old business student and volunteer at a Muslim food bank in London, sees people picking up packaged goods to feed themselves for the next week. Food banks in the UK 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

Ready Access to Farmers Markets Boosts Fruit and Vegetable Consumption
The latest study from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center documents community-supported agriculture (CSA) programs to be a practical way for supplying fresh fruits and vegetables to under-served...more

Parent and Children Chats Focusing on Weight Links to Increased Risk for Unhealthy Eating
According to a study published Online First by JAMA Pediatrics, parent and child conversations that delve on weight and size are linked with an increased risk for unhealthy weight-control...more

USDA Announces Loans and Grants to Support Rural Economic Development
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is now soliciting applications for loans and grants to support community development projects, business expansion and job creation for rural economic...more

Food Stamp Cuts: Same as Taking Food Out of Children\
The US House of Representatives voted for a bill, H.R. 3102, which would strip off nutritional assistance cut benefits to millions of Americans. H.R. 3102 is projected to cut spending on SNAP and...more

Project YEAH Course May Improve Health in Young Adults
According to a new study in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, the new web-based course - Project YEAH (Young Adults Eating and Active for Health) - can improve health in young...more

A Conceptual Framework Can Get Kids to Eat More Vegetables
In a new study titled "Teaching Young Children a Theory of Nutrition: Conceptual Change and the Potential for Increased Vegetable Consumption", teaching young children an overarching, conceptual...more






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The “Lean Startup” Approach to Philanthropy


The “Lean Startup” Approach to Philanthropy

Homejoy, an affordable home cleaning service that caters to a broad audience and connects people with professional home cleaners online, has announced the recent establishment of its Homejoy Foundation. The foundation will provide financial grants to veterans and military families in need.


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