Posted in Arizona News Safety Net SNAP benefits

As demand surges, advocates worry food stamps miss eligible families

EDS: An earlier version of this story misstated, in the second graf, the number of SNAP-eligible people who actually received the benefit in 2017. The Census Bureau said one in six who were eligible did not…

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Posted in Arizona Coronavirus News Unemployment

Lost jobs and rising hunger: St. Mary’s Food Bank shifts gears during COVID-19

We’re serving 1,000 families a day. That means we need a box of food for 4,000 people a day. This is why volunteers are very important. We have two volunteer shifts a day. One starts at…

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Posted in Biden Administration COVID Reboot 2021 News

Biden orders on food aid heralded as ‘Most significant anti-hunger actions in modern times’

The expected executive action comes as “families are struggling with food insecurity like never before.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Friday, January 21 Social justice organizations and Democratic lawmakers on Friday welcomed President Joe Biden’s expected…

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How a small Arizona town saved itself from the COVID-19 food crisis

When COVID-19 hit Ajo, the shelves of its one grocery story were cleaned out. So the Ajo Center for Sustainable Agriculture stepped up to feed the community. By Luke Simmons Cronkite News December 14, 2020 Ajo,…

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Posted in Analysis Safety Net Unemployment

Shoplifting of essentials on rise as millions struggle to feed families

“This state of austerity is an artificial cruelty designed to redistribute wealth, enrich the obscenely wealthy, and keep us under the thumb of employers and politicians.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Thursday, December 10, 2020 With…

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Posted in Analysis Editorial/opinon OtherWords Restart 2021 Safety Net

Low-income voters showed up for Biden. Now they need relief.

People didn’t turn out in record numbers in a pandemic to vote for a return to normal. By Sarah Anderson, Margot Rathke November 12, 2020 Joe Biden is headed to the White House, and he has…

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Posted in Agriculture Analysis Common Dreams Labor The People Speak

Biden given roadmap to revitalize rural America

The plan “lays a foundation for bringing economic vitality to rural communities in the face of racial injustice, economic decline, climate change, and a devastating pandemic.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Friday, November 13 Family Farm…

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Posted in Common Dreams News Safety Net

Judge strikes down Trump effort to slash food stamps for 700,000 Americans

Victory for ‘Basic Human Decency’ “There’s a lot of competition for Vilest Policy Ever, but slashing food stamps during a pandemic that’s causing massive unemployment is way, way up there.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Monday,…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News Recession

Trump’s millionaire economic adviser celebrates ‘gales of creative destruction’ as millions lose their jobs and go hungry

“Wonder how the 14% of households with kids who reported that they didn’t get enough food to eat in the last seven days feel about the ‘gales of creative destruction.’” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday,…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus News Public Policy

As Pelosi battles White House, Ro Khanna says Democrats can win morally—and politically

‘Millions of Real People’s Lives Are at Stake’ “It is in the interest of progressive Democrats to show that government can be a force of good, and this is the time for us to act.” by…

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Posted in Coronavirus Economy Unemployment

Double trouble for service workers: No jobs and little unemployment

by Wade Rathke Sunday, September 6, 2020 Pearl River   There was a peculiar piece in the Wall Street Journal that left me scratching my head and then trying to remember, somewhat successfully, high school algebra….

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Posted in Agriculture Analysis Economy Food Public Policy The Revelator

Food waste in the time of COVID-19: The real reason to cry over spilt milk

Let’s focus on the economic systems that allowed such waste to be created in the first place, while causing needless pollution, animal suffering and threats to human health. Essay by Dipika Kadaba, The Revelator April 14,…

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Posted in Agriculture Common Dreams Coronavirus Food News Safety Net

As food banks face shortages and fresh produce rots, pandemic spurs calls for sustainable supply chain

“To truly be resilient, our system must shift to one that relies on small and medium producers and independent, responsible operations.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer   U.S. food pantries have faced unprecedented demand while billions…

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Posted in Agriculture Community Coronavirus Food

How to support your local farmers as restaurants and farmers markets close

As the virus has small, local farms scrambling for income streams, community-supported agriculture (CSA) is one way to support them. By April M. Short April 14 The global outbreak of COVID-19, and the collective effort to…

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Posted in Coronavirus News Pro Publica Safety Net

How panic buying has put an incredible strain on food banks even as the need for them explodes

Here’s the dismal equation for food banks: Panic shopping and hoarding have led to supply shortages. Volunteers frightened of the virus have stopped showing up. And a newly jobless population has sent demand soaring. by Beena…

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