“Social Media Round-Up” is an ‘ICYMI’ compilation of the top hunger-related news articles and other interesting tidbits posted on our social media profiles.
3/2: U.S. Lets 141 Trillion Calories Of Food Go To Waste Each Year, NPR
“The sheer volume of food wasted in the U.S. each year should cause us some shame, given how many people are hungry both in our own backyard and abroad.” Indeed. Last year, we rescued 27 million pounds of fruits and vegetables that were perfectly edible and nutritious, but not perfect for grocery stores. As a community, we must do more.
3/4: Study: Where Are All The Coupons for Healthy Foods?, The Boston Globe
Are you a couponer? Have you noticed there’s a lack of coupons for healthy foods? This Boston.com article shares research on this and includes links to where you can find some of them.
3/6: The other day, Anika and her mother, Aisha, came by to donate food. For Anika’s 7th birthday party, instead of presents, she asked her friends to bring cans, dry noodles, and other non-perishable foods for Second Harvest. Their goal was to collect 250 cans, but when they fell short, Aisha went to Costco to purchase the difference. Aisha called to see if we could provide a certificate to Anika for reaching their goal. We made one and added a Second Harvest water bottle and lunch bag. She was so happy. 🙂 Thank you, Anika and Aisha, for your support!#thankfulthursday #latergram
3/11: How Aid to the Poor Is Also an Investment, The New York Times
“When poor, pregnant women and their young children had access to food stamps, those children had better health and economic outcomes as adults than did children born at the same time but in neighboring counties that did not yet offer such nutritional support.” #NoHungerBully
3/13: California drought to drive up food prices in the long term, San Jose Mercury News
The drought could have a devastating impact on our clients: 27 million pounds of the food we distribute annually is fruits and vegetables donated by farms and growers in our state.
3/17: Who uses food stamps? Millions of kids, that’s who, CNBC
A new report from the USDA showed that about 45% of food stamp benefits went to children under 18 (totaling about 20 million children in the U.S.). #NoHungerBully
3/24: If economy is reviving, why are more Americans struggling to afford food? (+video), The Christian Science Monitor
“Despite official signs of economic recovery in the US, more Americans struggled to afford food in 2013 than in 2012.”
3/25: Why Charity Can’t Replace the Safety Net, Slate.com
Cuts to CalFresh and other federally-funded food assistance programs increases the need for food. This article from Slate.com does a good job explaining why it’s impossible for private charities to make up the difference.
3/26: Apples Vs. Oranges: Google Tool Offers Ultimate Nutrition Smackdown, NPR
Check out NPR’s write-up of Google’s handy nutrition comparison tool. Think you’ll use it?
3/28: It’s a party at the Harvest of Knowledge partner conference this morning!
3/28: Mollettes, A Nutritionist Eats
Mollettes – many of you may already be familiar with this yummy, budget-friendly goodness, but I’ve only recently tried it for the first time. And apparently, the same is true for A Nutritionist Eats. Super easy to put together! #foodiefriday
3/29: Report: You Need to Earn $29.83 an Hour to Afford a 1-Bedroom in San Francisco, KQED
“San Mateo, Santa Clara and Marin join San Francisco atop the charts as four of the six most expensive counties in America.” *drops mic*
*** Did you miss our February Social Media Roundup? Click here to read it.