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WEWS-TV

Courtney Gousman

17 June 2021

Stark County, Ohio, United States

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3-5 Minutes

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“Take what you need—leave what you can" is the motto etched on the 16 anonymous “Blessing Boxes” set up around Stark County. The wooden cabinets are stocked with non-perishable food, household items, and personal hygi...

Dallas Free Press

Sujata Dand

16 June 2021

Dallas, Texas, United States

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The new Southpoint Community Market in Dallas is the product of seven years of planning in a process based on community input about the need for accessible, nutritious, affordable food and other everyday groceries. An...

Next City

Oscar Perry Abello

15 June 2021

Lexington, Kentucky, United States

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Locally owned restaurant delivery platforms charge lower commissions than national giants like GrubHub, allow customers to order food on smart-phone apps, and have found ways to be profitable while also keeping money ...

Next City

Emily Nonko

15 June 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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In 2014, the community organization Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha piloted a community-based Food Buying Club in Philadelphia. This initiative allowed local residents to buy food in bulk at wholesale prices. The...

The Almanac

Kate Bradshaw

13 June 2021

California, United States

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The Farmers to Family program, an initiative from the U.S Department of Agriculture set aside $3 billion for its Farmers to Families Food Box program, part of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. The program award...

KVUE-TV

Tori Larned

12 June 2021

Austin, Texas, United States

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3-5 Minutes

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Since 2014, all Austin police officers and cadets receive first-aid training, including the use of tourniquets and CPR. The training, which covers four weeks for cadets, is meant to provide stopgap, life-saving aid wh...

WRTV-TV

Megan Sanctorum

4 June 2021

Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

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A mobile food pantry is helping to increase food availability for those in the Indianapolis community. A 28-seat passenger bus was converted by Pro-Act Indy and turned into a food pantry, which takes the food to those...

FastCompany

Talib Visram

2 June 2021

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

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“DoorDash for the food insecure” is how the founder of Food Rescue Hero describes the service that is connecting surplus food supply to those who can put it to good use. The service takes on a growing crisis of food i...

Fierce for Black Women

Marissa Evans

1 June 2021

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Village Minds was started by Natia Simone as a Facebook page to connect people in need of food - due to COVID-19 and grocery store closures after the protests following the murder of George Floyd - to assistance. Howe...

KRQE-TV

Chris McKee

28 May 2021

Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

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When young people with criminal records get shot in Albuquerque, they may get visited by the police department's Violence Intervention Program: cops and counselors urging the victims to resist the impulse to retaliate...

Grist

Katie Yoder

25 May 2021

Seattle, Washington, United States

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The app Too Good to Go helps restaurants and other shops prevent food waste by selling their extra food to people for a cheaper price. So far, more than 700,000 people in the United States have downloaded the app and ...

WRTV-TV

Stephanie Wade

21 May 2021

Indiana, United States

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5-15 Minutes

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Indiana partnered with Overdose Lifeline to make the overdose reversal medication naloxone available via NaloxBoxes. The boxes, which are placed in neutral public areas that aren’t intimidating, hold several kits that...

Mississippi Today

Kelsey Davis Betz

20 May 2021

Mississippi, United States

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Transit operations have been repurposed to increase access to COVID-19 vaccines among underserved communities in the Delta. A fleet of transit buses that were sitting unused at Mississippi Valley State University now ...

Dallas Free Press

Bekah McNeel

19 May 2021

Dallas, Texas, United States

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At Aunt Bette's Community Pantry in Dallas, people receiving donated food are treated with dignity and given choices that can have both psychological and nutritional benefits. A client-choice food pantry mimics a groc...

The World

Bianca Hillier

18 May 2021

Los Angeles, California, United States

Radio

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Worried for her Korean-immigrant parents' safety during rising anti-Asian hate crimes, a Los Angeles woman wrote and printed a booklet, "How to Report a Hate Crime." The booklet, now in nine languages and distributed ...

Dallas Free Press

Michelle Aslam

18 May 2021

Dallas, Texas, United States

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Lack of transportation can make centralized food pantries inaccessible to those who need the help. So Crossroads Community Services in North Texas partners with more than 100 community groups, including churches, publ...

Global Press Journal

Myagmarsuren Battur

15 May 2021

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

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In Mongolia's capital city, more than 600 people who staff the kiosks where most residents get their drinking water have been trained to spot signs of domestic abuse. The Smart Triangle program aims to overcome low ra...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jo Piazza

13 May 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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In Philadelphia, public agencies and funding serve homicide victims' families. But grassroots groups target the enormous gaps in services for the survivors of gun violence, people whose unaddressed needs – medical, fi...

100 Days in Appalachia

Amanda Page

11 May 2021

West Virginia, United States

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The West Virginia Council of Churches formed a network of community reentry councils to help people leaving prison line up basic necessities, from housing to employment. The councils use their members' community conne...

Christian Science Monitor

Noah Robertson

3 May 2021

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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As a way to bring the community together and promote healing in Southeast Washington, D.C., residents created a garden known as Project Eden. Their garden has grown to a plot of land that grows roots, legumes, fruits,...

Dallas Free Press

Sujata Dand

28 April 2021

Waco, Texas, United States

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A community-based grocery store is bringing nutritious and affordable food to residents in Waco, Texas. Jubilee Market is located in an economically disadvantaged neighborhood which previously lacked a grocery store. ...

Dallas Free Press

Nazarene Harris

27 April 2021

Austin, Texas, United States

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An Austin city resolution allows community gardens to be built on public lands, enabling residents who don’t own land to access fresh and nutritious food. The Fresh for Less Mobile Market even delivers food to custome...

The Boston Globe

Janelle Nanos

20 April 2021

Scarborough, Maine, United States

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The Hannaford supermarket chain has achieved their goal of creating zero food waste. Over the past year, they diverted 65 million pounds of unsellable products to food banks, de-packing facilities, and anaerobic diges...

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Grace Townsend

20 April 2021

Monroe, Georgia, United States

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In a community with a food insecurity rate of 11%, Walton Wellness provides dozens of families with a steady supply of fresh produce grown by volunteers incarcerated at the county jail. The program aims to go beyond s...

The Hechinger Report

Jackie Mader

18 April 2021

United States

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Two-generation programs, like Home of Hope in Atlanta Georgia, help families tackle the many intricate issues that, especially when combined, lead to poverty or keep a family in poverty. These programs also help famil...

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