February 13, 2014 |
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]
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)
November 25, 2013 |
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.
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.
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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.
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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.