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PNS Daily Newscast - August 3, 2020 

Negotiations to resume today on a COVID-19 relief package; advocates brace for surge in homeless Americans.

2020Talks - August 3, 2020 

Concerns about U.S. Postal Service delays and voter intimidation from voting rights advocates. Plus, Joe Biden calls for emergency housing legislation.

Public News Service - MI: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

PHOTO: The number of children participating in federal Summer Nutrition Programs is on the rise in Michigan and across the nation, but advocates say there are still far too many children going hungry during the summer. Photo credit: anitapeppers/morguefile.

LANSING, Mich. – The lazy days of summer are just around the corner, but those can also be the hungriest days for many children in Michigan. That's why there's a campaign to increase awareness and participation in Summer Nutrition Programs. According to a new report from the Food Research

PHOTO: The Double Up Food Bucks program, which allows SNAP recipients to double their benefits at participating famers markets, will soon expand to more locations around the state. Photo credit: Xavier Gallardo/Morguefile.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - A program that allows low-income Michigan families to stretch their food assistance dollars will soon be able to help even more households bring home fresh fruits and vegetables, thanks to a major grant. Utilizing the Double Up Food Bucks program, Michiganders who receive Supplem

PHOTO: Portable breakfast options, or

LANSING, Mich. - It's the most important meal of the day, and a new report finds that more Michigan children in high-poverty areas are starting the school day with a healthy breakfast. According to the Food Research and Action Center, nearly 330,000 kids across the state took part in the federal Sc

PHOTO: More Michigan kids are getting the nutrition they need to fuel their minds and bodies at school thanks to a federal program that first was piloted in the state and now is available nationwide. Photo credit: alvimann/

LANSING, Mich. - There really is such a thing as a free lunch, as well as a free breakfast, and more low-income Michigan kids are getting just that thanks to a federal program that's helping to ensure fewer kids go hungry while reducing red tape for parents and schools. According to the latest dat

PHOTO: Some vegans say giving up animal products doesn't have to be as difficult as many believe, and they hope folks will consider trying it out in January, which they've dubbed

LANSING, Mich. - Move over, "Meatless Mondays." If your New Year's resolutions include shedding a few holiday pounds, being kinder to Mother Earth or cutting your cholesterol levels, you might want to consider taking part in "Veganuary." This is the second year for the U.K.-based online campaign i

PHOTO: Because of its commitment to farm-to-school programs, Michigan was chosen to take part in the USDA's Pilot Project for procurement of unprocessed fruits and vegetables, which will give school districts more flexibility in how they spend their federal dollars. Photo credit: SDRandCo/

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. - More locally grown fruits and vegetables could soon be coming to a school district near you, thanks to a pilot program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Linda Jo Doctor, program officer with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, works with farm-to-school programs in Detroit. She

PHOTO: Attorney General Bill Schuette and other state leaders have officially kicked off the annual Michigan Harvest Gathering, which this year aims to raise enough money and food to provide 2 million meals to Michiganders in need. Photo courtesy of Food Bank Council of Michigan.

LANSING, Mich. - Nearly 17-percent of Michiganders struggle with hunger, and almost a quarter of the state's children don't know where their next meal is coming from. That's why state leaders are coordinating the Michigan Harvest Gathering to help raise funds and food for those in need. Michigan Att

PHOTO: With roughly 100 Central American refugee children currently being housed in Michigan, immigrant advocacy groups are working to address their immediate as well as long-term needs. Photo courtesy of Michigan United.

LANSING, Mich. - They fled their homelands with only what they could carry, and now several Michigan groups are coming together to provide clothing and toiletries for Central American and Mexican children who escaped gang violence and poverty in their native countries this summer. It's estimated th

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