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Food To Waste

Food To Waste

It’s a sad paradox: while California’s abundant fields of fruit and vegetables fuel much of America,...
Fraying Safety Net Raises Risk Of Hunger

Fraying Safety Net Raises Risk Of Hunger

As record numbers of Californians struggle to put food on the table, programs designed to help the hungry...
Searching For Food In The Land Of Plenty

Searching For Food In The Land Of Plenty

As the number of Californians facing hunger reaches “epic proportions,” officials report...
Mendota: A Town On The Edge

Mendota: A Town On The Edge

Mendota, a small agricultural town in central California, has long struggled with poverty and food insecurity....

Food To Waste

Features, Main, Who's Wasting — April 5, 2010 at 6:34 pm
It’s a sad paradox: while California’s abundant fields of fruit and vegetables fuel much of America, millions of tons of food rot in farm fields or grocery store and restaurant dumpsters, much of which is edible and could go a long way toward eliminating hunger in California.

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food banks

Struggling Food Banks: A Slideshow

Struggling Food Banks: A Slideshow
Food banks are an integral component of the safety net system. The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank and its network of agencies struggle daily to acquire and provide resources to California’s food insecure—a population that continues to grow at an alarming rate.
Mar 16, 2010 11:59

gleaning

Rescuing California’s Wasted Produce

Rescuing California’s Wasted Produce
Every year millions of tons of edible produce never make it to market. Much of it is plowed under in the fields. One solution to the immense waste problem: Gleaning, whereby local community organizations rescue crops that would otherwise be buried under the plow blade.
Apr 2, 2010 9:40

Food Stamp Challenge

Reporter’s Food Stamp Diary

Reporter’s Food Stamp Diary
Reporter Katie Evarts participated in a Food Stamp Challenge, trying to see what it is like to live on food stamps in California for one week. She had about $5 per day to spend, and decided to use it to buy all of her food at once. During the week, she kept a diary of what she ate, how she felt, and what lessons she learned...
Mar 16, 2010 22:25

The California Report

Waste

Waste
Annenberg and California Watch are teaming up with The California Report, KQED’s statewide public radio broadcast, for a three part series on hunger issues in California. The series is edited by Rob Schmitz, and produced by Ingrid Becker, with Victoria Mauleón.
Mar 13, 2010 16:31

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Food To Waste

Food To Waste
It’s a sad paradox: while California’s abundant fields of fruit and vegetables fuel much of America, millions of tons of food rot in farm fields or grocery store and restaurant dumpsters, much of which is edible and could go a long way toward eliminating hunger in California.
April 5th, 2010 | Features, Main, Who's Wasting | Read More

Fraying Safety Net Raises Risk Of Hunger

Fraying Safety Net Raises Risk Of Hunger
As record numbers of Californians struggle to put food on the table, programs designed to help the hungry are under stress. A four-month examination by reporters from USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism shows that food banks and food stamps, two key safety net programs for poor...
April 4th, 2010 | Ashley Ragovin, Emilie Mutert, Main, Safety Net, Who's Helping | Read More

Searching For Food In The Land Of Plenty

Searching For Food In The Land Of Plenty
As the number of Californians facing hunger reaches “epic proportions,” officials report major strains on the system statewide.
April 3rd, 2010 | Main, Photo, Who's Hungry | Read More

The Gleaners

The Gleaners
One solution to the immense waste problem: Gleaning, whereby local community organizations rescue crops that would otherwise be buried under the plow blade.
April 2nd, 2010 | Multimedia, Who's Wasting | Read More

A Three D Challenge – ‘Donate, Don’t Discard’

A Three D Challenge  – ‘Donate, Don’t Discard’
Some of the biggest restaurant chains in California and the nation are stepping up their food recovery efforts. But hunger relief agencies and food recovery groups want to see more of the 90,000 eateries stop discarding and start donating.
April 2nd, 2010 | Multimedia, Who's Wasting | Read More

Rescuing California’s Wasted Produce

Rescuing California’s Wasted Produce
Every year millions of tons of edible produce never make it to market. Much of it is plowed under in the fields. One solution to the immense waste problem: Gleaning, whereby local community organizations rescue crops that would otherwise be buried under the plow blade.
April 2nd, 2010 | Who's Wasting, gleaning | Read More

Reporter’s Food Stamp Diary

Reporter’s Food Stamp Diary
Reporter Katie Evarts participated in a Food Stamp Challenge, trying to see what it is like to live on food stamps in California for one week. She had about $5 per day to spend, and decided to use it to buy all of her food at once. During the week, she kept a diary of what she ate, how she felt, and...
March 16th, 2010 | Food Stamp Challenge | Read More

Diary of a Food Stamp Recipient

Diary of a Food Stamp Recipient
Elizabeth Echenique has used food stamps for years. She kept a diary for one week to show how she rations food for her family, and to share what she’s experienced and learned.
March 16th, 2010 | Life On Food Stamps | Read More