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PNS Daily Newscast - January 15, 2020 


Efforts to make Paid Family and Medical Leave go further; nurses sick of reusing N-95 masks even as COVID infections spike.


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Public News Service - ID: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

Mountain America Credit Union has donated more than 26,000 meals to the Idaho Foodbank this year. (Mountain America Credit Union)

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BOISE, Idaho -- With folks across the country struggling to afford meals, credit unions are stepping up to help people in need. Feeding America estimates 17 million Americans are food insecure, meaning they aren't sure where their next meal is coming from. Angie Phillips is social media manager wi

Cliff's Country Market in Caldwell, Idaho, was among the stores that participated in the Prescription for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables program. (Idaho Hunger Relief Task Force)

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BOISE, Idaho -- A pilot program that prescribes a trip to the produce aisle has been a success in Idaho. The Nebraska-based Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition evaluated the Idaho Hunger Relief Task Force's (IHRTF) Prescription for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables program, which offers vouchers to foo

Gov. Brad Little has approved $2.7 million in hunger relief since the pandemic began. (JackF/Adobe Stock)

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RIGBY, Idaho -- Idaho Gov. Brad Little has issued a proclamation declaring October Hunger Awareness Month. The Idaho Hunger Relief Task Force and Idaho Foodbank are recognizing three organizations that have gone above and beyond to serve their communities during the pandemic. Among them is the Giv

Each year, millions of acres of crops in the U.S. are sprayed with chlorpyrifos. (Adobe Stock)<br />

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BOISE, Idaho -- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a new risk assessment of chlorpyrifos, but critics of the agency say there's already enough strong evidence that the commonly-used pesticide is harmful to children and are calling for a federal ban. This is the third federal ass

Volunteers in Idaho are stepping up to feed those in need across the state. (motortion/Adobe Stock)

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BOISE, Idaho -- More Idahoans are seeking help getting meals as businesses close their doors to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. The Idaho Foodbank provides food statewide through its facilities in Boise, Lewiston and Pocatello, and has more than 240 community partners, as well as scho

The USDA estimates 35% of meat goes unused. (waranyu/Adobe Stock)

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BLACKFOOT, Idaho – The holidays mean lots of big meals – and also lots of food waste. But a few tips could help people put those leftovers to good use. Year-round, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates 30 to 40% of food is thrown away. Julie Buck, a dietitian with the Univer

Empty Bowls event on November 23, 2018 in Boise, Idaho, which raised about $43,000. (The Idaho Foodbank)

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BOISE, Idaho — It's the 22nd year of Empty Bowls, a post-Thanksgiving tradition in Boise to ensure fewer people are without food this holiday season. The Idaho Foodbank's annual affair will be held on Friday, November 29, and will offer soup bowls made by local artisans starting at $10. Memb

Idaho is in the heart of its growing season and farmers markets are up in towns big and small. (Thomas Leth-Olsen/Flickr)

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BOISE, Idaho – The season for Idaho farmers markets is in full swing, offering nutritious and fresh options for folks around the state. For recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), their dollars spent at the market can go twice as far. For participating markets, th

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