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PNS Daily Newscast - September 30, 2020 


Trump and Biden square off in a debate marked by interruptions; COVID-19 highlights neglect of undocumented residents.


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Last night was filled with interruptions at the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden.

Public News Service - UT: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

Mealtime isn't an upbeat occasion for the one in six Utah families facing food insecurity as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. (vectorfusionart/Adobe Stock)

SALT LAKE CITY -- As Congress debates a new coronavirus stimulus bill, more people in Utah are facing food insecurity as the economy struggles with the effects of the pandemic. Groups that offer social services say some families who were previously able to provide healthy meals will see a double w

The Utah Food Bank distributes supplies to more than 200 charitable kitchens and pantries across the state. (kuarmungadd/Adobe Stock)

SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah's food banks, which already feed thousands of hungry people a day, are facing high demand and major challenges in the COVID-19 pandemic. Some reports in recent days have said mobile pantries operated by the Utah Food Bank have run out before serving everyone in line, and many

Research shows that low-income families spend about twice as much of their monthly income on food as middle-income households. (drobotdean/AdobeStock)<br /><br />

SALT LAKE CITY – A proposal to almost triple Utah's food tax to make way for an income-tax cut has critics saying the move could tear some low-income families' budgets apart. The suggestion is one of several under consideration by the Utah Legislature's Tax Restructuring and Equalization Task

Many Utah families most likely won't be able to buy as many groceries if a proposal to increase the state sales tax on food goes into effect. (Adobe Stock)

SALT LAKE CITY - An advocacy group is opposing a massive increase in the sales tax on food as one of the changes being proposed for Utah state taxes. Utahns Against Hunger has said a proposed 177% increase in state sales taxes on food could harm many low-income people and increase the rate of food

About one in three college students face food insecurity, and the rate is even higher among community-college students, according to Wisconsin HopeLab. (Daphnee Marie/Twenty20)

SALT LAKE CITY – Many college students in Utah will be heading back to class later this month - and juggling high college costs and low-wage jobs, there is growing concern nationwide that this group doesn't always have enough to eat. More than a third of college students face food insecurity

Several colleges in Utah have opened food pantries to help address the growing challenges of food insecurity among students. (USDA)

SALT LAKE CITY - A growing number of college students in Utah and across the nation don't have enough money to buy food, according to a new national survey. It says nearly one in 10 community college students went without food for 24 hours in the past month. Researchers found that nearly half of co

This week's Scouting for Food drive is looking for non-perishable donations, including peanut butter, canned beans, boxed meals, and canned fruits and vegetables. (Pixabay)

SALT LAKE CITY – Shelves in food banks across Utah are getting pretty thin after the holiday rush, and the Boy Scouts of America are on the job. This week marks the 32nd annual Scouting for Food campaign, where some 180,000 scouts, troop leaders and parents will be going door-to-door across

When Utah Food Bank volunteers visit seniors at home to check in and make sure everything is okay, they also deliver boxes of food to help stretch limited budgets. (Pixabay)

SALT LAKE CITY – April is National Senior Hunger Awareness Month, and Utahns are rising to the challenge. More than 10 million Americans age 60 and older are at risk of hunger every day, according to the National Council on Aging. Ginette Bott, chief development officer with the Utah Food

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