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PHOTO: A large donation of pork sausage this week will help feed Ohioans who struggle to put food on the table. Credit: Ohio Association of Foodbanks.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – In time for the Easter holiday, a donation will provide more than 88,000 meals for hungry Ohio families. More than 1,700 pounds of pork in the form of sausage are being donated to food banks in Ohio this week as part of the annual Ohio Pork Power program. David Shoup is a v ...Read More

PHOTO: Some Minnesota churches are asking parishioners to "pack the pews" this weekend with food for the hungry. Photo courtesy Minnesota FoodShare.

RAMSEY, Minn. - With many Minnesota families still needing help putting food on the table, some churches across the state will be "Packing the Pews" this weekend to help the hungry. Lord of Life Church in Ramsey is among those taking part and asking parishioners to bring grocery donations on Sunday ...Read More

PHOTO: Art galleries are blossoming in Belfast, Maine, where the Belfast Creative Coalition has benefited from CCED, a state arts grant designed to stimulate local economies through art and culture. Courtesy: BCC.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Can art and artists re-invigorate Maine's economy? They can surely help, according to the overseers of a state grant that is being used to revitalize downtowns and help create jobs. It is called a "seed" grant because of its initials, CCED, which stand for Creative Communities Equ ...Read More

PHOTO: Last-chance pets are finding forever homes with our nation's heroes, with the help of some match-making. Courtesy of

RICHMOND, Va. - Last-chance pets are finding forever homes with our nation's heroes, with the help of some match-making. A nonprofit organization, Pets for Patriots, works with U.S. military veterans in Virginia and several other states to help them find, afford and adopt last-chance dogs and cats f ...Read More

PHOTO: The number of banks and attorneys in Texas that are getting involved in efforts to fund legal aide assistance for the poor continues to grow. Photo credit: Donkey Hotey

AUSTIN, Texas - The Prime Partner program, which provides funds for vulnerable Texans seeking justice, is gaining momentum. Prime Partner banks agree to pay higher interest on lawyers' trust accounts to support legal-aid assistance for the poor, explained Betty Balli Torres, executive director, Texa ...Read More

PHOTO: Twin sisters Piper and Violet collected 66 bags of groceries when in kindergarten last year as part of the March Campaign. Photo courtesy: Minnesota FoodShare

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The largest annual food drive in the state is underway, with the March Campaign from Minnesota Foodshare. According to Director Suzanne Shatila, while the economy has been slowly improving, the need to help families put food on the table is still great. She also explained that the ...Read More

PHOTO: Advocates for early childhood and family support programs say WV state budget cuts could reduce their ability to bring in millions of dollars in matching money that is critical to their operations. They presented lawmakers with a symbolic check for the $13 million they leverage annually. Photo credit: Dan Heyman.

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - Advocates for early-childhood and family-support programs have delivered a symbolic $13 million check to West Virginia lawmakers - money they say could be lost if the state goes ahead with budget cuts. The state support for these programs allows them to leverage $13 million a y ...Read More

PHOTO: Washington will be doing more in the next two years to expose young people to the fun and practical sides of "STEM," science, technology, engineering and math, to prompt their longer-term interest in high-tech careers. Photo credit:
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SEATTLE - Washington is getting more funding to introduce kids to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in the hours beyond the school day. A $120,000 two-year grant will be used to train more after-school program providers and connect them with experts in STEM-related fields. Krista Ga ...Read More

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