“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.

“One particularly worrying aspect of this is that low-income and middle-income families might be cutting back spending on food in order to compensate for rising costs in housing and health care.”

“In 2013, for the first time, a majority of public-school students in this country—51 percent, to be precise—fell below the federal government’s low-income cutoff, meaning they were eligible for a free or subsidized school lunch.”

Pretty Revealing

“As providers of groceries, prepared meals, and nutrition education, food banks serve as a vital lifeline for people unable to access the type or quantity of food they need for a healthy lifestyle. Traditional food banks, however, do not reach everyone. That’s where mobile food pantries…come in.”

Providing nutritious food to our neighbors in need is very important to us. We distribute more fresh fruits and vegetables than any other food bank in the U.S. We’re also putting a new Healthy Food and Beverage Policy that includes long-term goals like increase protein (including dairy) distribution, focus grain purchases on low-sugar whole grains, and distribute only healthy beverages.

“…one in five [Cal State students] doesn’t have steady access to enough food…”

“…a report released last week from the Food Research and Action Center found that only about 16 percent of the kids who eat free and reduced-price lunches during the school year participated in federal or state-run Summer Nutrition Programs last summer.”

“Nine California State University campuses are making plans this summer to help needy students apply for and use the Cal Fresh benefit (formerly known as food stamps)…The CSU campuses in Humboldt, Chico, San Luis Obispo, San Jose, Channel Islands, Fresno, Los Angeles, Northridge, and Long Beach are set to receive the funds.” This is great news!

“The struggle to make ends meet became too much.” In a survey of our clients, 62% reported having to choose between paying for food and paying for housing.

We are so proud to work with our community partners to establish food pantries at local colleges, like Gilroy’s Gavilan College, San Bruno’s Skyline College, and Redwood City’s Canada College.

We are working hard to change this, especially with our new Healthy Food and Beverage Policy.

“Ugly” fruits and vegetables are just as yummy and nutritious as the perfect looking ones.

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