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PHOTO: Fresh, healthy foods are the rule at a new food pantry in Philadelphia aimed at providing more nutritious fare for those in need. Photo credit: Eric Hunt.

PHILADELPHIA - People in need who walk into a new kind of food pantry in Philadelphia are walking out with bags full of food they can be sure will be good for their families. The Green Light Food Pantry is run by the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger. While it may operate similar to oth ...Read More

PHOTO: While breakfast is said to be the most important meal of the day, too many Missouri kids still go without. There is hope that could change, with a successful federal program expanding to the state starting this fall. Photo credit: Infographe_Elle/morguefile.com.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – This fall, a new program available in Missouri will offer nutritious breakfasts and lunches for free to all students at qualifying schools – as long as administrators do their homework by the end of August. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Community Eligibility ...Read More

PHOTO: Nutritionists recommend including some combination of two fruits and two vegetables in a child's lunchbox, and having them help with the selection and lunch-packing process. Photo courtesy of HealthyChild.org.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The start of the school year is just weeks away, and while there's no shortage of the latest backpacks and school supply displays at big box department stores, nutrition experts are reminding parents of the importance of what goes into their child's lunchbox. Nutritionist Dr. Ke ...Read More

PHOTO: Dozens of Minnesota residents looking to get a start in agriculture will soon hit the classrooms and the fields, as the latest round of Farm Beginnings courses are set to get underway this fall. Photo credit: Marie Loughin / Flickr.

MINNEAPOLIS - It's long been a cornerstone of the Minnesota economy, but those wanting to get a start in local agriculture often find one barrier after another in their way. Nick Olson, Farm Beginnings program organizer with the Land Stewardship Project, says for beginning farmers and ranchers, cha ...Read More

PHOTO: Utah state Senator Jim Dabakis says Utah and all of the U.S. have a moral obligation to care for the tens of thousands of undocumented children arriving along the nation's southern border until their immigration status is determined. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Defense.

SALT LAKE CITY - Utah state Senator Jim Dabakis is calling on Gov. Gary Herbert and state faith leaders to support efforts to temporarily house and care for 1,000 undocumented children in Utah. Dabakis says he was motivated to take action after Herbert was among several Republican governors who sen ...Read More

PHOTO: A convoy of trucks from Canada carrying hundreds of gallons of water crossed into Detroit on Thursday in a gesture of support for city residents whose water has been shut off in recent months. Photo credit: M. Barlow.

DETROIT - Call it a "special delivery" from Canada for Detroiters. A convoy carrying hundreds of gallons of tap water and activists from the Council of Canadians crossed the border Thursday afternoon in an effort to draw attention to the city's ongoing water shutoff saga. Priscilla Dzuibek, a memb ...Read More

PHOTO: With demand continuing to rise for gluten-free foods, those with celiac disease are finding many new options, but not all are equal. Some gluten-free products are high in sugars and fats, used to improve taste. Photo credit: Robert Couse Baker/Flickr

DES MOINES, Iowa - As more food choices labeled as "gluten-free" show up on store shelves across the state, consumers are being warned that just because it's free of gluten doesn't automatically mean it's a healthy choice. Mary Waldner, founder of Mary's Gone Crackers, said she welcomes more option ...Read More

PHOTO: Kentucky has shown steady improvement in child health and education, according to the 2014 National KIDS COUNT Data Book. Photo credit: Greg Stotelmyer.

JEFFERSONTOWN, Ky. - While a year-by-year indicator of child well-being shows steady improvement in the health and education of children in the Bluegrass State, the number of children living in poverty is continuing to grow. The results, published in the 25th annual national Kids Count Data Book, ...Read More

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