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Raise your voice!

BROOKE SMITH , JULY 28, 2011 tagged as food deserts economic development

It’s election season- do you know where your local politicians are?! With elections looming this fall, many politicians are more eager than ever to lend an ear to local issues. What better time to make yourself heard? Are you trying to start a farmers’ market in your town? Do you wonder why your local grocery store doesn’t sell fresh produce from the neighboring farms? Does it bother you that kids are being fed processed, empty calories in our public school systems?

Now’s the time to let our civic leaders know what’s important about communities having a say in the local food system! Communities across the country are getting active about their food system- hosting information sessions, listening sessions, community potlucks for their candidates. They are asking for support, advocating for fair food policies, and getting involved in the healthy future of their communities. What are you doing in your community to raise the voice of food justice? Leave us a comment and let’s get ready to vote!

Mississippi gubernatorial candidate, Bill Luckett (center in the white shirt) visits with local farmers in his home territory of the Delta. The farmers, including “Doc” Davis (left of Luckett in red), and Frank Wilbourne (far right) are affiliated with the Delta Fresh Foods Initiative (DFFI)- a network of individuals, organizations and institutions working to increase access to fresh healthy food in the Delta. Luckett has reached out to DFFI and the emerging MS Food Policy Council as an advocate for fair food policies in a community supported almost exclusively by agriculture. Click here to see his press release in support of growing local food systems.

It was a snowy day in April 2002.  I was an eleven-year-old kid from East New York, Brooklyn, and I was running to catch up to the bus to take me to my first internship.  It was a typical story: a kid not really knowing what he was getting into or becoming a part of. Sarity Daftary (far right), Phillip Scott (middle) and I at the 2005 RIC conference But I knew how fortunate I was to be picked.  East New York Farms! recruited at various middle schools in the neighborhood.   Applications went out every year and fewer than half of...

Food Voices: Fishermen in Haiti-Needing Support

ANDRIANNA NATSOULAS , JULY 21, 2011 tagged as trade-aid-development
WhyHunger is pleased to be partnering with Andrianna Natsoulas, long-time food sovereignty activist and author of the forthcoming book Food Voices: Stories of the Food Sovereignty Movement.  For the past year, Andrianna has been on a journey across the Americas to capture the stories of people working towards and living a just and sustainable food system. Below is the latest highlight of her work. In Haiti, the fishermen face a critical situation. They do not have refrigeration, so they are forced to accept any price they are offered for their fish. They do not have basic materials, such as nets and...

Budget Cuts Put Summer Food at Risk

PATRICIA ROJAS , JULY 20, 2011 tagged as youth Summer Food Povety
The current budget woes at the state level in Minnesota leave children hanging in the balance. The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) provides free meals to kids and is funded by the federal government. Last summer, the SFSP served almost two million meals. The program has expanded this year to assist with the growing number of kids who receive free and reduced lunch (over 300,000 or 36.6% of Minnesota’s student population). Yet the looming state shutdown has forced many SFSP sites to close, here and in other states. A woman from Minnesota recently called the National Hunger Hotline distraught after being...
We're heading South this week to meet up with our Delta Fresh Foods partners in the Mississippi Delta. Along the way we had a chance to stop on the Gulf Coast for a visit at a local farmers' Market in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Visit the Ocean Springs Fresh Market...

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FNS announces the publication of the new Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Guidance on Non-Citizen Eligibility on the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) website. FNS has worked for over a year to update the original 2003 guidance to reflect current policy and make the guidance more user-friendly. The final product...

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WhyHunger is pleased to be partnering with Andrianna Natsoulas, long-time food sovereignty activist and author of the forthcoming book Food Voices: Stories of the Food Sovereignty Movement.  For the past year, Andrianna has been on a journey across the Americas to capture the stories of people working towards and living...

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  Many children from low-income families depend on school for more than an education. For children who are living below the poverty line, schools also provide a dependable source of food and nutrition. In the 2009-2010 school year, 19.5 million students participated in the National School Lunch Program (NLSP) but only...

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Doc and Judy Belue have been preparing Doc Davis' farm for USDA certification, including building a new hoop house, shoring up buildings, installing irrigation, and even bringing a 1940's John Deere tractor back to life. Be on the lookout for organic veggies from Darling, Mississippi! ...

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