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PNS Daily Newscast - May 7, 2021 


President Biden proposes expanding the Pell Grant program to reach more students in need and the Navajo Nation addresses the need for tougher methane emissions rules.


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President Biden talks hurricane aid in Louisiana, Vice President Harris visits Rhode Island, defense officials talk about clamping down on domestic extremism in the ranks, and plan for the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Public News Service - OR: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

More than 70% of Oregon students said they were food insecure the previous year, according to a survey before the pandemic. (JeanLuc/Adobe Stock)

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PORTLAND, Ore. - It's no secret that college students often are low on cash, but hunger among Oregon students is soaring. A measure in the state Legislature would point them to helpful resources. House Bill 2835 would create a benefits navigator position on every community college and public univer

Oregonians in eight counties affected by the major September wildfires can apply for Disaster SNAP benefits starting Friday. (Bonnie Moreland/Flickr)

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PORTLAND, Ore. - Disaster food benefits are available for Oregonians in eight counties affected by September's massive wildfires. Dan Haun is director of self-sufficiency programs at the Oregon Department of Human Services. He said the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or 'D-SNAP'

Oregon Food Bank is supporting a measure that would decriminalize drugs and increase funding for addiction recovery services. (Oregon Food Bank)

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PORTLAND, Ore. - September is Hunger Action Month and in Oregon, anti-hunger advocates are volunteering, donating and pledging to "Vote Out Hunger." Susannah Morgan, CEO of the Oregon Food Bank, said hunger is at its highest level in a century because of the economic fallout from COVID-19. And wit

Milton-Freewater, a town of more than 7,000, is known for its agricultural industry and outdoor recreation opportunities. (City of Milton-Freewater)

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MILTON-FREEWATER, Ore. -- Three Oregon projects have been chosen to receive grants from AARP's Community Challenge program. The grants go to proposals that make communities more livable for people of all ages, and that can be turned around quickly. One of those projects will bring folks together i

Food insecurity has doubled since the start of the pandemic, according to Oregon State University. (David Pereiras/Adobe Stock)

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PORTLAND, Ore. -- As Oregon families struggle during the pandemic, anti-hunger advocates fear state lawmakers and the federal government aren't doing enough to help. The Oregon Legislature called a special session this week. Matt Newell-Ching, public policy manager with Oregon Food Bank, said the

Mudbone Grown co-farm managers Art Shaver and Shantae Johnson are heading an effort to provide relief for Black Oregonians during the pandemic. (Mudbone Grown)

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PORTLAND, Ore. - As the COVID-19 pandemic grinds on, some organizations are leading efforts to provide relief to Black Oregon families. Shantae Johnson is a farmer and community health worker who co-manages Mudbone Grown, a Black-owned farm that hosts programs for community members. The farm is he

Food production makes up 25% of greenhouse gas emissions, but Americans throw away as much as 40% of edible food. (Pixel-Shot/Adobe Stock)

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PORTLAND, Ore. - Edible food is wasted on a massive scale in the United States, but there are signs that it could be coming back to Americans' plates. The Upcycled Food Association has officially defined "upcycled food," paving the way for a certification program akin to organic labeling later thi

Since mid-March, Oregon Food Bank has invested about $1 million to distribute 1 million pounds of food across Oregon and southwest Washington. (CameraCraft/Adobe Stock)

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PORTLAND, Ore. - The new coronavirus outbreak is devastating the economy and leading to surges in hungry people. Oregon Food Bank is stepping up to meet the challenge and believes we can emerge stronger from this crisis. The food-distribution network says its partners around the state have seen 20

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