USDA looks at ways to help restore Indigenous foodways

Nov 25, 2021
The agency is partnering with groups aiming to add more buffalo to tribal diets and to create an heirloom seed repository, among others.
"It’s very important to get buffalo back into our diet and back into the plates of our community members," said Jason Baldes of the InterTribal Buffalo Council. Above, an American bison, sometimes called buffalo, circa 1930.
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USDA report shows pandemic relief helped hungry families

Sep 9, 2021
SNAP and other safety-net programs buoyed many households, though the pandemic made it harder for families with kids, especially, to access help.
New Yorkers in need receive free produce, dry goods and meat at a Food Bank for New York City distribution event in Brooklyn in July 2020.
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It's time to reform the meatpacking industry, farmers say

Jun 22, 2021
Representatives are pushing for an overhaul of the $213 billion sector, to be discussed during a committee hearing Wednesday.
Retail meat prices have remained high since the pandemic after many plants became virus hot spots and reduced capacity.
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USDA extension of free lunches gives schools something to count on

Apr 22, 2021
An estimated 12 million children in the United States don't always have enough to eat.
Some schools districts ended up feeding fewer students overall than when all schooling was in person. With many students returning to in-person school, this will no doubt change during the 2021-2022 school year.
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Pandemic food benefit expands for qualifying children through summer

Apr 5, 2021
Researchers think this temporary expansion could bring permanent changes to the SNAP program.
For many kids, school is the main way to get any lunch at all.
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Black farmers face a slew of systemic challenges

Jan 12, 2021
Unfair pricing and land loss are just a few reasons the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund formed decades ago.
"We've had co-ops in Mississippi that knew they got less for their collard greens then their neighbor did," Cornelius Blanding says. "So they had to form a cooperative so that they can ship their products to Chicago to get a better price. That's been a reality for Black farmers for centuries."
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Schools find new ways to deliver free lunches during pandemic

Dec 1, 2020
Of the 30 million low-income students who are eligible for free lunches, only 15% are currently getting those meals.
A student chaperoned by an adult picks up a meal to go on November 19, 2020 at Yung Wing School P.S. 124 in New York City.
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For many in rural parts of the U.S., internet access is still elusive

Oct 6, 2020
Rural counties in Mississippi received a $4.6 million grant to connect schools, businesses and public services to the internet.
The FCC has estimated it will take about $80 billion to bring broadband access to the whole country.
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Risk of deepening hunger crisis as SNAP exemption expires

Aug 11, 2020
When the pandemic began, the federal government made it easier for states to approve people for SNAP, but that flexibility is ending this month, raising concerns that more people will go hungry.
There is likely to be another big spike in SNAP enrollment now that Washington has let federal unemployment benefits expire.
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USDA pandemic food box program extended

Jul 28, 2020
The USDA program is designed to help people facing food insecurity.
Volunteers in Virginia organize food distribution to families in need.
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