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May Social Media Roundup

“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. How One Student Turned Her Struggles with Homelessness into a Crusade, COLLEGE.USATODAY.COM A homeless college student in Wisconsin is working to get SNAP, also known as food stamps, accepted as a form of payment at her college’s dining halls and food markets. Studies have shown that food insecurity is a big problem […]

Oil Donation for Health

One in 3 of our clients reports a member of their household has diabetes and more than half of our clients report a member of their household has high blood pressure.  Last year we launched our Healthy Food & Beverage Policy, which aims to educate our community about foods to eat in order to maximize the health benefits of items received from the Food Bank and minimize the need for cheap, high-calorie, low-nutrition meals. As part of our policy, we’ve added spices and plant-based oils to our most need foods list. […]

By | May 31st, 2017|Categories: Food Donation, Nutrition|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

CalFresh Awareness Month: Our Community Partnerships

There’s a lot of confusion about what CalFresh (also known as food stamps) is and how it works. CalFresh is a nutrition program, funded by the USDA, which also funds free lunches at schools and WIC; it’s not the same as CalWORKs or welfare. CalFresh is for people with limited income, to pay for food at most stores. Benefits come on an EBT card that works like a debit card. In our efforts to build a hunger-free community, we work with many partners to inform our neighbors in need about free food programs like CalFresh. […]

By | May 17th, 2017|Categories: CalFresh, Food Stamps|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Nutrition Newbie: What’s So Bad About Sugar-Sweetened Beverages?

“Nutrition Newbie” is a series focused on basic nutrition information and tips. Special Blog Post By: Elena Hollander, Nutrition Program Senior Manager   As part of our Healthy Food & Beverage Policy, we will no longer distribute sugar-sweetened beverages by 2019. So what exactly is a sugar-sweetened beverage and why are we picking on them? They are any liquid beverages that are sweetened with added sugar.  […]

By | May 3rd, 2017|Categories: Nutrition, nutrition newbie|Tags: , |0 Comments

CalFresh Awareness Month: Stories from the Field

Our Food Connection team is out in the community or in our call center, helping our neighbors in need access free food programs, including CalFresh (also known as food stamps). Available to individuals and families with low incomes, CalFresh is provided in an EBT debit card and can use it to purchase groceries and fresh produce at participating grocery stores and farmers’ markets just like you would any other debit card. Here are a few stories from our Food Connection team about some of the people they’ve helped: […]

By | May 2nd, 2017|Categories: CalFresh, Food Stamps|Tags: , , |0 Comments

April Social Media Roundup

“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. Viral Post Shows the ‘Invisible’ Ways Teachers Help Hungry Students, HUFFINGTONPOST.COM The teacher said she wrote her Facebook post to show what’s happening in American classrooms. Deportation Fears Prompt Immigrants to Cancel Food Stamps […]