New Year’s resolution: worry about your (food) waste | SC Times
America has more than enough food to feed everyone. But our abundance is accompanied by tremendous waste. By some estimates, nearly half of the food grown, processed and transported in the U.S. goes to waste. Approximately 72 billion pounds of perfectly good food—from every point in the food production cycle—ends up in landfills and incinerators every year. Feeding America works closely with the people who understand food’s lifecycle best—manufacturers, distributors, retailers, foodservice companies and farmers—to divert and gather food before it goes to waste. Thinking about ways to help reduce food waste on an individual basis, especially around the holidays, is important for every person. Some easy options are to focus on portion control, hand out leftovers to guests to take home with them, properly store your leftovers in the freezer when possible, and compost what is not edible, such as eggshells and vegetable peels. Read the Article »
Food swamps are the new food deserts | The Atlantic
Families with limited resources are often forced to purchase low-cost, high-filler foods in order to stretch their grocery budgets further. Many low-income families live in impoverished communities where there are few options for healthy food purchases. Even with access to grocery stores that have healthy options, many people choose the convenience and lower costs of corner stores and fast food restaurants, what some are referring to as food swamps. Read the Article »
Extreme poverty returns to America | Washington Post
Through our nationwide network of food banks, every day we see how poverty and hunger in America often go hand in hand. 72% of all households Feeding America serves live at or below 100% of the federal poverty line, and the median annual household income of people Feeding America serves is $9,175. Yet, when Americans face poverty, it is often viewed as an individual failure, rather than a result of systemic failure. A recent investigation by the UN into extreme poverty in the U.S. found that the rise in poverty affects people of color and women, but also large portions of white Americans, more than other groups. Read the Article »
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