“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.

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The number of people who benefit from SNAP continues to drop- but what is the real cause?

“In addition to the split garbage can, participating residents will receive a scraps pail to collect food. Scraps will then be taken to Sustainable Organic Solutions in Santa Clara where they will be heated, sterilized, tested and then turned into dry animal feed for pigs and fish.”

How pumped is Director of Community Partnerships Susan about these peaches? #totespumped

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In 2015, there was an estimated 13.1 million U.S children living in food insecure households. Why?

Scholarships are not enough for the two-thirds of college students who go hungry.

“Nationwide, the median rent for a two-bedroom apartment was $1,150, up 2.9 percent from a year earlier. Most Bay Area cities were about double that, or more.”

“The realities of food insecurity often mean that kids especially lack food access in the summer months- a time when families can’t rely on free or reduced lunch programs to pick up some of the burden of feeding their children.”

“Individual families throw away $1,600 worth of food per year.” Do you know how much food you’re throwing away?

“Every year, the United States throws away more than one third of the food it produces. That’s 133 [billion] pounds of food waste, or about $161 billion in grub. But people all over the world are trying to find ways to stop the waste. Here are some of the most ingenious food waste solutions yet, from tires made of tomatoes to toast-based beer.”

How pumped is Grants Manager Marc about returning to the Food Bank to manage the grants? #totespumped

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“The majority of American adults receiving benefits live far below the poverty line, going in-and-out of low-paying jobs that have a lot of turnaround. Food stamp recipients are mostly children and elderly or disabled people…”

“In a Silicon Valley town where the median home value is $2.5m, next to a university with a $22.5bn endowment, not far from a shopping mall with Burberry and Cartier outlets, they present an eye-popping sight: dozens of run-down RVs and trailers parked in a line along a main road.”

We’re on this Bay Area Bites list of local food justice organizations. Happy to be on the same page as these great organizations!

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