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    PNS Daily News - August 3, 20150 


    A variety of issues to kick-off the week including; President Obama finalizes steeper cuts for power plant carbon emissions; the U.S. Senate to debate defunding Planned Parenthood today; a New York court denies freedom to research chimps; and restoring a fishery devastated by wildfire.

Hunger/Food/Nutrition

PHOTO: It won't be long before Missouri school cafeterias are once again full, and advocates for anti-hunger programs hope Congress will recognize the importance of the meals they eat there as it weighs the fate of legislation to reauthorize child nutrition programs. Photo credit: jdurham/morguefile.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - As Congress weighs the fate of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, advocates want to ensure school meal and other programs can continue to make inroads against hunger in Missouri and nationwide. One of the most hotly debated portions of the legislation when it was reauthorize ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report on hunger in the Philadelphia area finds that emergency food providers are challenged to keep up with the growing demand. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

PHILADELPHIA - Over the past year in Philadelphia one in four people faced times when he or she did not know where to find a next meal. Tom Mahon, communications manager with the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger, says that's one of the findings from the organization's survey of the re ...Read More

PHOTO: A window of opportunity opens August 1 for high-needs school districts across the state to sign up for a program that offers universal free meals to all students in high-needs districts. Photo Credit: USDA

BOSTON - A big window of opportunity opens August 1 for high-needs school districts to sign up for a program that provides universal free meals to all students. Patrick Roach, chief financial officer with Springfield Public Schools, says they signed up for the Community Eligibility Provision last ...Read More

PHOTO: Cactus pads, or nopales, are part of a state crackdown on pesticide-tainted produce. Photo courtesy of California Dept. of Pesticide Regulation.

SAN FRANCISCO - A half dozen small Asian and Hispanic grocers in California will have to pay fines of $10,000 to $20,000 each for selling imported produce tainted with residue from illegal pesticides. Charlotte Fadipe, spokesperson with the California Department of Pesticide Regulation, announced ...Read More

PHOTO: A new Colorado Health Foundation report shows an increasing number of clinics are adopting the medical home model, which aims to reduce costs and provide better care with a team approach that focuses on more than a person's medical needs. Photo credit: Brian Clark, courtesy of Colorado Health Foundation.

DENVER - Coloradans are embracing the "medical home" model for health-care delivery, according to a new report from the Colorado Health Foundation. In a medical home, the patient is the focus, and doctors - who traditionally play the "starring role" in clinics - become part of a team of professiona ...Read More

PHOTO: Ensuring that children in Nevada have enough to eat is the mission of the Food Bank of Northern Nevada and other support groups as thousands of children get ready to head back to school. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

RENO, Nev. - Proper nutrition for students is a major focus for educators and private support groups as thousands of children in Nevada will soon head back to school. Jocelyn Lantrip, marketing director at the Food Bank of Northern Nevada, said her organization's after-school meal program, Kids Caf ...Read More

PHOTO: When school cafeterias close for summer, thousands of children across Colorado lose an important resource for nutrition. According to a new report from Hunger Free Colorado, the Summer Electronic Benefit Transfer for Children program could remove most barriers between kids and food during summer vacation.

DENVER - Summertime means vacation for many kids, but when school cafeterias close, almost one in five children in Colorado become "food insecure" at risk of not having enough food. That's the conclusion of a report from Hunger Free Colorado, but there is a program designed to fill that hunger gap ...Read More

PHOTO: Indiana's new Farm to Food Banks program allows growers to sell extra produce to food banks. Photo credit: JZ Lomeck/Morguefile.

INDIANAPOLIS – An effort to get more fresh produce on the tables of struggling Hoosiers is coming to fruition. The Farms to Food Banks program is kicking off this summer. It allows food banks to purchase surplus or number-two grade produce at below market rates from local growers. Bob Whit ...Read More

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