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November 20, 2012 | By Mary MacVean
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.
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February 14, 2014 | By Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON -- President Obama will announce millions of dollars in federal drought assistance Friday when he flies to California and tours fields and orchards ravaged by the deepening water crisis, aides said. The president wants farmers to know he is paying close attention to the drought and has instructed federal agencies to expedite help, Tom Vilsack, the secretary of Agriculture, said Thursday. “The federal government will do all it can to alleviate the stress associated with this drought,” Vilsack said in a call with reporters.
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FOOD
December 23, 2009 | By Mary MacVean
Steve Sharp paws through a 4-foot-high pile of corn, sending flies everywhere and exposing the first signs of rot under the late fall sun. He pulls out an ear and shucks it. "There's nothing wrong with that," he says, standing at a packing shed in Holtville, a tiny town in the agricultural spread of the Imperial Valley. He finds two more ears just as good, the kernels just starting to dry out. The grower, Rudy Schaffner, once thought of that corn -- perfectly edible ears that are too short or have blank spots on the cob called "skips" -- as food for his cows or as compost.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 2014 | By Anthony York
As President Obama prepares to head to Fresno to witness damaged caused by the California drought, the White House is announcing more than $200 million in aid available to those affected by the dry conditions. The package includes up to $150 million in help for state livestock producers, $60 million for food banks and $5 million for water conservation projects. The president also has directed facilities in the state to reduce water use and has issued a moratorium on “non-essential landscaping projects,” according to a White House statement.
BUSINESS
February 13, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
A shipment of Sochi-bound yogurt intended for American athletes competing in the Olympic Games won't be making it to Russia after all.  Chobani Inc. of New York said Thursday it was donating more than 5,000 individual cups of its Greek yogurt to food banks in New York and New Jersey. "As a proud supporter of the Olympics and Team USA over the past four years, we're disappointed our athletes won't be able to enjoy Chobani while they compete in the Games as we all hoped, and are deeply appreciative to everyone who tried to help get it there," said Hamdi Ulukaya, Chobani's chief executive.  "[W]
NEWS
February 8, 2005 | Leslie Carlson
Post-spawn salmon from the California Fish and Game Department program to replenish fisheries are headed for the freezers of needy Indian families. As part of the industrial-style management of salmon, the state intercepts migrating fish in fall and winter and collects eggs and sperm to rear new fish for release to streams. Adult salmon die soon after spawning, but now they won't go to waste.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 1995
As if the recent ouster of top city officials and a budget crisis aren't enough, a new scandal has hit Hawaiian Gardens, the troubled city with the pretty name. The Hawaiian Gardens Social Services Inc. Food Bank, which distributes food to the city's needy families, was removed last week from the Irving Moskowitz Foundation's charity list. The foundation had supported the food bank with monthly contributions of $30,000 gathered from its bingo parlor in the city.
NEWS
January 26, 1995 | MARY GUTHRIE
The Los Angeles Regional Foodbank shut its South Bay distribution facility recently, forcing local charities to pick up food at the main warehouse at 1734 E. 41st St. in South-Central Los Angeles. The Torrance facility opened two years ago and grew to serve 42 local agencies and provide storage for donated food. The Los Angeles Regional Foodbank is a private nonprofit organization that distributes surplus food to charities for people in need.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 2002 | Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writer
In the weeks after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, more than 12,000 people employed at Los Angeles International Airport or in the local airline industry were thrown out of work. With their lives turned upside down, some could no longer afford regular meals. This crisis, as those in the hunger business characterize it, continues to be felt at the Westside Food Bank in Santa Monica. More than 14 months after the attacks, the nonprofit group still can't keep pace with demand.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 26, 1991 | PSYCHE PASCUAL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The number of families who feed their children at soup kitchens and food banks in Ventura County is growing, according to a new University of California study. Families, sometimes including working adults and their children, account for nine out of every 10 people who benefit from emergency food programs in the county, reported the study released this week by the UC Cooperative Extension office in Ventura.
BUSINESS
February 13, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
A shipment of Sochi-bound yogurt intended for American athletes competing in the Olympic Games won't be making it to Russia after all.  Chobani Inc. of New York said Thursday it was donating more than 5,000 individual cups of its Greek yogurt to food banks in New York and New Jersey. "As a proud supporter of the Olympics and Team USA over the past four years, we're disappointed our athletes won't be able to enjoy Chobani while they compete in the Games as we all hoped, and are deeply appreciative to everyone who tried to help get it there," said Hamdi Ulukaya, Chobani's chief executive.  "[W]
OPINION
November 28, 2013
Re "When holiday tables are bare," Column, Nov. 26 While the Thanksgiving holiday is a time of celebration for many families, for the 49 million Americans experiencing food insecurity, these are tough times. The Great Recession forced many families and individuals into food pantry lines. It is seldom reported, but the economy has recovered a little more than 7.2 million of the 8.7 million jobs lost between the start of the recession in December 2007 and early 2010. It's not surprising that 47.6 million Americans have turned to the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, called CalFresh locally)
BUSINESS
November 25, 2013 | David Lazarus
For many of us, this is a time to be thankful for the blessings we enjoy. For others, it's another week of wondering if there'll be enough food to keep the family fed. At least 4 million Californians are struggling with what's called food insecurity - being unable to consistently put food on the table - according to the latest data from UCLA's Center for Health Policy Research. Closer to home, the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank says it's working harder than ever to meet demand for assistance from individuals and families amid recent cuts to food-stamp programs.
NATIONAL
October 9, 2013 | By John M. Glionna
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 | By Gale Holland
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 | Steve Lopez
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 28, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
Mail carriers in Ventura County will join their counterparts across the nation in collecting food donations from postal customers May 11. The 10th annual event is the largest single-day food drive in the country. Because food banks report dwindling supplies as summer approaches, the National Assn. of Letter Carriers and the U.S. Postal Service sponsors the drive on the weekend before Mother's Day.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 22, 1991 | PSYCHE PASCUAL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The operators of the Manna community food bank in Thousand Oaks believe that even the needy needn't live by bread alone. So it offers the downtrodden an uplifting menu that's been known to include Brie, frozen shrimp, imported German cookies, chocolate cake and gazpacho, along with the staples. "We've been the Cadillac of food banks," said Bob Fitzharris, a consultant who heads the board of directors of the food bank, which operates out of a converted house on Crescent Way.
NEWS
November 20, 2012 | By Mary MacVean
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.
BUSINESS
August 9, 2012 | David Lazarus
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?
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