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Providence Journal

Hadley Barndollar

29 July 2021

Rhode Island, United States

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After the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted seafood supply chains, several organizations in the New England region took steps to connect fishermen’s catches with the local community. For example, the Rhode Island–based nonp...

The Kansas Leadership Center Journal (KLC Journal)

Stan Finger

14 July 2021

Kansas, United States

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As the COVID-19 pandemic hit and grocery store shelves became bare, many consumers sought to purchase meat directly from farmers. The Shop Kansas Farms group on Facebook has more than 148,000 members with about 800 pr...

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...

The Real News Network

Jaisal Noor

10 June 2021

New York, New York, United States

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The food-supply business is known for exploitative pay and poor working conditions. But Brooklyn Packers, a Black-owned cooperative launched in 2016, pays its owner-workers and vendors fair wages and is founded on tra...

The Real News Network

Euan McKirdy

Jaisal Noor

3 June 2021

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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ChiFresh Chicago is owned and run by formerly incarcerated women of color. The business' five owner-workers responded to the pandemic's effect on food insecurity, in neighborhoods that already had high rates of that p...

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...

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Julia Hotz

27 April 2021

Astoria, New York, United States

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Neighborhoods throughout New York are banding together to create their own mutual aid networks to help their community members during the coronavirus pandemic. From grocery shopping to fundraising for resources such a...

Philippine Daily Inquirer

Nikka G. Valenzuela

18 April 2021

Philippines

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Community pantries in the Philippines are providing fresh produce and basic neccesites to Filipinos struggling with food insecurity during the pandemic. The pantries have sprung up in multiple cities, with cash and fo...

East Oregonian

Shane Hoffman

17 April 2021

Umatilla Indian Reservation, Oregon, United States

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The Wave Foundation distributed sustainable and fresh food during the pandemic on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. The Portland nonprofit is a sustainability coalition that works with communities to better understand ...

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Naomi Mihara

14 April 2021

Vanuatu

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As the small island nation of Vanuatu emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic and the aftermath of a tropical cyclone, entrepreneur Votausi Lucyann Mackenzie-Reur argues that they need to focus on local ingredients to be a...

Rappler

Mavic Conde

12 April 2021

Sarsogon, Albay, Philippines

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A kindness station was set up in Sorsogon, Philippines, to provide relief for those experiencing food insecurity. Donations have provided funding for rice, instant noodles, canned goods, some produce, and even PPE for...

Indian Country Today

Meghan Sullivan

31 March 2021

St. Lawrence Island, Alaska, United States

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Sam Schimmel, a college student and member of the Siberian Yupik and Kenaitze tribes, helped organize a food drive on St. Lawrence Island in Alaska. The initiative, known as Operation Fish Drop — delivered more than 1...

Yes! Magazine

Lornet Turnbull

29 March 2021

Seattle, Washington, United States

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In the South Park neighborhood of Seattle, community efforts during the coronavirus pandemic have resulted in the creation of a system that battles food insecurity. Spearheaded by the community center, a local non-pro...

Honolulu Civil Beat

Jack Truesdale

1 March 2021

Hawaii, United States

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The Bridges program helped alleviate food insecurity in Hawaii by connecting local food producers with food banks. As a result, struggling farmers, who saw a sharp decline in sales after the pandemic, were also able t...

Yes! Magazine

Lynn Freehill-Maye

25 February 2021

Kirkland, Washington, United States

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A community effort to help provide food to those who are food insecure during the pandemic has brought together local bakers to bake bread for food banks. The initiative, known as Community Loaves, has amassed 700 vol...

NBC News

Amy Yee

24 February 2021

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Organizations across the country are working to address food insecurity among Asian Americans, an issue that was exacerbated by COVID-19 related job losses. Groups such as VietAid in Boston and the Southeast Asian Mut...

The Counter

Katarina Zimmer

18 February 2021

United States

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To weather the uncertainties of the pandemic and geopolitical trade disputes, many small, locally-operated fisheries in the United States have upended the way they do business by selling their catches directly to cons...

Life & Thyme

Annelise Jolley

Greta Rybus

19 January 2021

Santa Barbara, California, United States

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After restaurants closed due to COVID-19 and tariffs were implemented on exports to China, fishermen and women in the United States had to shift their business model to sell directly to consumers. For example, Get Hoo...

Global Press Journal

Evidence Chenjerai

14 January 2021

Zimbabwe

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As part of the coronavirus lockdown in Zimbabwe, people were banned from visiting prisons, but a mobile app has allowed relatives to send supplies to those who are incarcerated via their cellphone. This newest initiat...

Civil Eats

Gabriel Pietrorazio

14 January 2021

Collins, New York, United States

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Gakwi:yo:h Farms aims to increase the Seneca Nation’s food security and sovereignty by engaging in traditional agricultural practices. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the farm has been able to continue its work to esta...

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Bonnie Riva Ras

1 January 2021

United States

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Catch Together is supporting both fishermen and food banks by buying catch that would typically be sold to the restaurant industry. Fisheries were hit hard when the pandemic resulted in an economic slowdown and food b...

Cronkite News - Arizona PBS

Katherine Sypher

Luke Simmons

29 December 2020

Ajo, Arizona, United States

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The Ajo Center for Sustainable Agriculture has helped the town of Ajo in Arizona distribute affordable and nutrient-dense food to the community after the coronavirus pandemic created a significant financial strain on ...

Bloomberg CityLab

Chris Malloy

17 December 2020

Phoenix, Arizona, United States

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Instead of simply handing out its federal CARES funding to food banks, the city of Phoenix used the cash to produce meals by connecting hard-hit farmers with struggling restaurants. Meals were provided free of cost to...

Civil Eats

Hannah Ricker

14 December 2020

San Francisco, California, United States

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The coronavirus pandemic highlighted the ways in which the food system is broken, but governments, NGOs, and philanthropists are working to address the discrepancies by connecting small-scale farmers of color with bus...

The Local

Hyunah Kim

8 December 2020

Nicosia, Cyprus

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The humanitarian organization known as Refugee Support in Nicosia, Cyrpus has been using WhatsApp to provide useful information to refugee populations during the coronavirus pandemic in addition to delivering food to ...

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