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Emily Nonko

8 April 2021

Oakland, California, United States

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The 8th Street Collective, a loose organization of Oakland food industry workers, and Oakland Bloom, a group that supports refugee and immigrant chefs, opened a new restaurant, bar, and community hub space. A team of ...

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Courtney Napier

30 November 2020

Durham, North Carolina, United States

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Mutual aid programs run by Black women have filled critical gaps in public assistance during the pandemic by feeding hundreds or thousands of people in multiple Southern cities. From Durham's Mustard Seed Project to S...

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Levi Pulkkinen

24 November 2020

Yakima, Washington, United States

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A no-cost meal program allows high-poverty schools to offer all enrolled students free lunch, which consequently addresses child nutrition problems and meal debt. The program, however, has pivoted and expanded during ...

The Boston Globe

Mary Ann Sorrentino

13 August 2020

Providence, Rhode Island, United States

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Restaurants in Providence, Rhode Island are "repurposing parking lots, waterfronts, and any adjacent land where an al fresco meal can be savored, public health preserved, and restaurant profits protected" during the c...

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Chris Rudisill

7 August 2020

Haywood, North Carolina, United States

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St. John’s MCC kept up its work with Love Wins Community Engagement Center during COVID-19 by providing food and other services to its majority LGBTQ clients. They serve hot meals 5 days a week and provide groceries f...

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Ally Schweitzer

3 April 2020

Silver Spring, Maryland, United States

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With businesses and families alike hurting during the pandemic, one nonprofit is helping both by buying meals from local restaurants and delivering them to families in need. People who have been stuck at home but want...

The Huffington Post

Molly McCluskey

16 March 2020

Davis, California, United States

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In an attempt to offer healthier meals and reduce stigma around hospital food, hospitals are reinventing their dining services by hiring professional chefs, nutritionists, and dieticians. At the UC Davis Medical Cente...

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Karen Black

3 February 2020

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Facing closure and financial ruin, the Toronto Roncesvalles United Church found a new source of income: their own physical space. The church began renting or donating rooms for flea markets, yoga classes, shiatsu, chi...

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Alexandria Jacobson

15 December 2019

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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To fight food insecurity—especially with those experiencing homelessness—Chicago has created a network of programs and organizations across the city to support those who need it in many different ways. One example is ...

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Michaela Winberg

19 August 2019

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Seeking a solution to crowded sidewalks outside their storefronts and places of business, corporations have teamed up with the city of Philadelphia to help those facing homelessness. Programs such as Hub of Hope and t...

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Tina Vasquez

17 July 2019

Mississippi, United States

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Communities are creating networks to fill in food security gaps for children. In cities like Jackson, Mississippi, and Atlanta, Georgia, community groups, churches, and nonprofits are working to provide summer meals t...

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Erik Ortiz

10 July 2019

East Orange, New Jersey, United States

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Mobile delivery increases the accessibility of summer meal programs for children who rely on food assistance during the school year. Across the country, multiple initiatives by local governments, schools, nonprofits, ...

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Kumasi Aaron

7 June 2019

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Across America, there is a food insecurity problem that increasingly impacts children as they head into summer breaks from school. To address the gap that is created during this time, a school district in Denver, Colo...

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Linda Lutton

8 May 2019

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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A new food hall in the South Side of Chicago offers three African American chefs the opportunity to open a local, thriving business. The food hall, operated by a local nonprofit, brings healthy and creative cuisine to...

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Aysha Khan

25 April 2019

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Being inclusive involves demonstrating consideration and making space for the traditions and customs of others. To encourage these practices among businesses and restaurants in the Washington D.C. area with regard to ...

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Sarah McQuate-Washington

13 March 2019

Washington, United States

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Many people across the United State cannot eat unless assisted, but this often leads to feelings of losing independence. To combat this outcome, researchers have developed a robotic assistant that can assess a plate o...

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Sarah Gonzalez

18 January 2019

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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When Panera Bread launched several pay-what-you-want cafes, people from different economic and social backgrounds found themselves eating the same lunch, and paying what they could. While the cafes eventually closed, ...

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Rebecca Beitsch

20 December 2018

New York, New York, United States

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A small nonprofit in New York City called Rescuing Leftover Cuisine (RLC) is tackling the staggering 40% of food that is wasted in the United States by collecting and redistributing excess food from restaurants to she...

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Sophie Yeo

24 September 2018

Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada

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In Arctic communities where traditional knowledge has faded and intergenerational traumas continue to impact people, food programs are stepping in to help save that culture while also feeding people. The Qajuqturvik F...

The New York Times

Eduardo Porter

8 September 2018

Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

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Spurred by student activism and a research study on outsourcing, Harvard University implemented a parity policy in 2002. This means all university workers, regardless of whether the university or an outside contractor...

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Emily Dech

23 July 2018

Mansfield, Ohio, United States

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The Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging and their community partners are working together to ensure that eligible senior citizens have an option for their next meal, whether they prefer to have it delivered to their ...

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Manasi Paresh Kumar

3 July 2018

Hubli, India

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In Hubli, a holy shrine of Advaita philosophy has a community kitchen that produces surprisingly little waste--even though it feeds about 6,000 people daily. The kitchen's methods are quite old, including composting a...

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Rachel Obordo

3 April 2018

Greater London, England

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Two social enterprises in London are making significant strides in helping out the homeless and rough sleepers. One, named Beam, uses a crowdfunding platform to help finance training and qualifications for work for a ...

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Jem Collins

17 October 2017

London, England, United Kingdom

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An organization named FEAST! in London offers a high-quality meal once a week in a homeless shelter using excess food from supermarkets. Not only does this tackle the issue of food waste, but it also aims to fill in t...

The New York Times

Catherine Saint Louis

30 July 2017

Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

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From New York to Ohio to California, librarians have teamed up with the USDA summer food service program, along with other non-profits, to feed kids dependent on free/reduced-price lunches during the school year. Usin...

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