“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.
“American hunger stems from issues of waste, impaired access and inequality – not a shortage of food.”
“The mega-commuting phenomenon is ‘the result of decades of housing decisions — or non-decisions,’ said Dave Vautin, senior transportation analyst with the MTC. ‘It speaks to the lack of sufficient housing production in our region over many decades. We’ve gotten ourselves in a giant hole and we’re having to dig ourselves out.'”
“Over the last 20 years, sales of full-calorie soda in the United States plummeted by more than 25 percent.”
“[Food stamp] disbursements began to decline again in 2013 after the White House brokered a deal to reroute SNAP funding into a federal school lunch program. The result was an across-the-board, automatic $5 billion cut to SNAP benefits labeled the ‘hunger cliff’ by food assistance charities.”
Over the last 2 years, we’ve given out $1.1 million in grants to our partner agencies for infrastructure improvements, such as new refrigerators, ovens, and food delivery trucks, so that they can serve more meals to more people in need. Learn how the Community Services Agency in Mountain View is putting its grant to use.
Thanks so much for your support! ❤ #Repost @californialavash ・・・ Last week was National Food Bank week, but let's keep it going through the holidays. Every bite counts! #CaliforniaLavash #food #donation #SecondHarvest #SecondHarvestFoodBank #SantaClaraCounty #SanMateoCounty #BayArea #everybitecounts #thinkaboutourfood #donate
Today’s World Food Day – learn about 20 organizations fighting world hunger and poverty, courtesy of Food Tank: The Food Think Tank
Someone in the comments section said, “A lesson in how to make ‘lemonade'” – so true
Here’s the latest on rising housing costs in our region
“In Santa Clara County, only 19 percent of households could afford to purchase a $980,000 median-priced home…homebuyers needed a minimum qualifying annual income of $193,890 to make monthly payments of $4,850. In San Mateo County, the housing affordability level dropped to 13 percent…a minimum annual income of $257,210 was needed to make monthly payments of $6,430 on a $1,300,000 median-priced home.”
In case you missed it, pediatricians are being asked to help screen for hunger in their offices. We love this so much.
Thanks to Jess for helping with sorting tomatoes today! We're one of her 200 stops as she volunteers at all Feeding America food banks. She's named it the Beast of Burden Challenge, and in addition to volunteering, she's squeezing in running a marathon in all 50 states, all to raise awareness of hunger in our communities.
*** Did you miss our September Social Media Roundup? Click here to read it.