October 9, 2013 |
Patrick Dotson was in crisis mode. The Grand Canyon Community Church pastor had just emailed a state food bank with an unlikely request: Rush food to one of the world's seven natural wonders. Then came the knock on the door. A U.S. Park Service ranger asked whether Dotson could expand the small food pantry that was being run out of the church's garage. "He said, 'We've got families struggling here. How can we make this bigger?'" Dotson said. The U.S. government shutdown has turned a prestigious national park where millions come each year to relax and recreate into a realm of high anxiety.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 2013 |
More children are at risk of going hungry in Los Angeles County than in any other county in the nation, according to a report released this week. Using 2011 survey and statistical data from the U.S. Census and U.S. Department of Agriculture, Feeding America, a national network of food banks, found that 650,000 children in Los Angeles County are "food insecure. " The finding does not necessarily mean the children here are chronically hungry. Beginning in 2006, the agriculture department dropped the term "hunger" and started using "food insecurity," a more complicated concept that considers access to safe and nutritional meals as well as to food in general.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 2013 |
David Navarro drove south from the Los Angeles Boys & Girls Club in Lincoln Heights on a recent sun-drenched day, headed to his weekly destination in a dust-gray Ford pickup. As usual, he couldn't simply cruise into the crowded parking lot of the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank on 41st Street near Alameda. He was stopped by an employee who works miracles in the lot, arranging rigs in jigsaw patterns as drivers wait their turn to make food pickups. The Salvation Army was already there, along with the Good News Central Church and the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles.
November 20, 2012 |
Food banks have worked to change their stocks from any old leftovers to food that's more nutritious and fresher, and a new collaboration hopes to cement policy at food banks around the country to make sure that poor Americans get healthful food. Kaiser Permanente and Mazon, a Jewish anti-hunger organization, announced Monday their Healthy Options, Healthy Meals initiative in response to the persistent need of millions of Americans to rely on food banks and the health and economic costs of obesity and diet-related diseases.
August 9, 2012 |
If you leave a bag of groceries behind at the supermarket, who gets the food? It's not an inconsequential question. Supermarket operators say perishable and non-perishable items are left behind every week in customers' rush to load up carts and leave stores. That food is typically put back on shelves and resold unless the customer returns, receipt in hand, to claim it. If no one turns up, supermarkets can - and often do - sell the same items twice, doubling their profit. Is that appropriate?
March 4, 2012 |
A few years ago I bought a cookbook titled "Kill It and Grill It" for my boyfriend, a Yale grad who hunted and fished. Admittedly, I offered the gift ironically. I'd been drawn to it by its cover photo of '70s rocker Ted Nugent and his wife, Shemane, each clad in a denim vest and clutching a rifle and knife, respectively. As a native of rural Michigan, I saw the image as both funny and dismaying. They kind of look like families I grew up with, I thought. But who buys a cookbook with a gun on it?