D.c. Food Truck Operators Feel The Pinch Of A Government Shutdown

VIENNA, VA, JANUARY 9, 2013: Winter salad of shaved cucumber, radish and endive with lemon vinaigrette. Dishware courtesy of Crate & Barrel. (Photo by ASTRID RIECKEN For The Washington Post)

Those opposed to labeling say it will falsely mislead consumers into thinking that products that contain genetically engineered ingredients are “somehow different, unsafe or unhealthy,” said Brian Kennedy of the Grocery Manufacturers Association, a food industry group based in Washington, D.C. “I-522 is a complex, costly and misleading initiative that will raise grocery costs for Washington state consumers at a time when few can afford it,” he said. Genetically engineered crops have a gene from another plant inserted into them to give them some ability they didn’t have before. There are two common genetic modifications. One is for herbicide tolerance: Plants are given a gene that protects them from harm when a farmer sprays them with herbicides to kill weeds. The other is a gene from a soil bacteria called Bacillus thuringiensis that allows plants to produce their own insecticide. In the United States a huge proportion of commodity crops are genetically engineered: 97% of the nation’s sugar beets, 93% of the soybeans, 90% of the cotton and 90% of the feed corn, according to the 2013 figures from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. About 60% of the papaya grown in the United States, all in Hawaii, has been genetically engineered to allow it to withstand the ringspot virus, which virtually wiped out papaya production in the islands in the 1980s, according to International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications. Very small amounts of genetically engineered zucchini, yellow squash and sweet corn are also sold in the United States. Connecticut passed GMO labeling legislation in June, but it doesn’t go into effect until four other New England states pass labeling laws. Maine has passed a bill that won’t go into effect “until five other states, or any amount of states with a total population of 20 million, enact” a similar one. Maine’s governor has said he will sign it in January.

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Still Brad Johnson (1.71 stars). Still, there was some movement in between. After Gold, the top writers and critics for food knowledge were Brett Anderson (3.3 stars) and Tom Sietsema (3.13 stars). At the bottom, just above Johnson, were Steve Cuozzo (1.86) and Adam Platt (2.27). The biggest moves belonged to Brett Anderson (up 14 spots), Phil Vettel (down 15), Tim Carman (plus 9), and Alan Richman (minus 9). CRITICS’ PROSE STYLE A grabby lead that doesn’t try too hard to show how smart or hip the writer is; interest enough in food to actually talk about it before the 300-word mark; a balance of pithy, memorable, and zingy quips and wonderfully cadenced sentences that give insight into food; and the ability when appropriate to deliver a killer kicker. Considering this category centers around the, er, bread and butter of Americas bestknown critics and writers, you might think most chefs would at the least give them a gimme on this category. Tell that to Adam Platt (2.21 stars, described as a “has- been”), John Mariani (2.06 stars, “Is he always accurate? No. But then who is?”), Steve Cuozzo (1.71 stars, “Poor!”), and first-timer Craig LaBan of The Philadelphia Inquirer, who at 1.6 stars was tied with Brad Johnson for last place (the latter called out for being “obsessed with tearing apart everyone’s french fries”). That duo took over from the Houston Chronicles Alison Cook, whose 2.29 stars were an improvement over the 1.8 stars she scored last year. Only two of the writers who scored highest last year remained in the top five Jonathan Gold and The Atlantics Corby Kummer and they took the top spots. They were joined by Tom Sietsema, Brett Anderson, and the San Francisco Chronicles Michael Bauer, who leapfrogged Jeffrey Steingarten, Pete Wells, and John Mariani, the last of whom plummeted 15 spots (“Always up for a free meal,” noted one chef, who managed to add, “but hes generally objective and does write a lot of positive pieces”). CRITICS’ INTEGRITY (PERCEIVED BY CHEFS AND RESTAURATEURS) Doesn’t accept free meals (or even free bottles of wine) while “anonymously” reviewing, doesn’t pressure chefs or restaurateurs into catering private events for free, never wields power to secure reservations for non-work-related dining experiences, and in general measures up when facing the will-I-do-the-right-thing-when-I’m-faced-with-that-right-or-wrong dilemma.

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Markets closed Food Lion Donates $500,000 in Gift Cards to Support North Carolina Families Press Release: Food Lion 1 hour 5 minutes ago Food Lion Donates $500,000 to North Carolina Food BanksClick Here to Download Image RELATED QUOTES 60.58 -0.8200 SALISBURY, N.C., Oct. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –In response to North Carolina’s announcement that it will temporarily suspend benefits under the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC) because of the federal government shutdown, Food Lion today made a $500,000 donation to food banks across the state to support citizens who need food assistance to feed their families. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20131009/CL95040 ) “Food Lion is pleased to take a leading role across the state in providing critical funding to North Carolina food banks that will begin to receive increased requests in the coming weeks,” said Beth Newlands Campbell, president of Food Lion. “In North Carolina, one in four children face hunger each day, and parents are forced to make difficult decisions, like buying formula or paying rent, to provide their children with the nutrition they need. We’re hopeful that today’s donation helps families to make fewer of those tough choices, particularly during this time.” The gift cards, which are in $5 increments, will be distributed to food banks in Asheville, Charlotte, Elizabeth City, Fayetteville, Raleigh and Winston-Salem that serve counties throughout the state. Food Banks that will receive the gift cards include: Food Bank of the Albemarle Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina Inter-Faith Food Shuttle Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina Second Harvest Food Bank of Southeast North Carolina “On behalf of the seven food banks in North Carolina, we are overwhelmed with the generosity of Food Lion’s donation,” said Kay Carter, Executive Director of Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina and Board Chair of the North Carolina Association of Feeding America Food Banks. “We are grateful for this donation which comes at a critical time as we struggle to find ways to bridge the gap of hunger and continue putting food on the table for the families we serve.” Food Lion works every day to end hunger and food insecurity in the communities it serves. The grocer made today’s donation to help families in its home state receive the nutrition they need. Food Lion gift cards will arrive at the food banks over the next two days. Food banks will distribute them to partner agencies and constituents in the next several weeks, or purchase critical food needed for the food bank. The gift cards can be used in any Food Lion store. Gift cards cannot be redeemed for purchases of alcohol or cigarettes. About Food Lion Food Lion, based in Salisbury, N.C., is a subsidiary of Delhaize America, the U.S. division of Brussels-based Delhaize Group ( DEG ) and operates more than 1,100 supermarkets. The company employs approximately 57,000 associates delivering quality products, low prices and service to customers in 10 Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic states. For more information, visit www.foodlion.com .

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Sales at several gourmet trucks are down 50percent or more; another has had to lay off employees; and others have decided not to operate, or operate less frequently, until the shutdown is over. Shutdown talks sputter as focus turns to U.S. debt Zachary A. Goldfarb A meeting between the president and congressional leaders fails to yield a deal, and Obama warns of a potential default if the debt ceiling is not raised. Lawmakers declining pay during government shutdown Ed OKeefe Dozens of members of both parties and chambers say theyll donate to pay the debt, or to charity. Michael E. Ruane and Mark Berman Barricades around memorials on the Mall werent doing much to keep veterans and other visitors out. The shutdowns unexpected closures Stephanie Merry, Fritz Hahn and Maura Judkis If you had plans to golf at East Potomac Park, bike along the towpath or see a show at Fords Theatre, think again. In fact, if one thing has become clear to District food truck owners since the government shutdown began Tuesday, its that they rely heavily on federal workers to keep their businesses afloat. Some of the trucks most popular locations LEnfant Plaza, the Navy Yard, Federal Triangle and streets surrounding the State Department are near federal buildings full of workers who go out to lunch. Carl, 48, put his situation into sharp relief: He and Jacob, 34, were married in March, and about a month later they launched Carolina Q, a business into which they sank all of their savings. The truck had just started to break even and prove that it could become a moneymaker for the couple. But until this month, neither Jacob nor Carl had taken cash out of the business, and theyve only taken small amounts.

Food Lion Donates $500,000 in Gift Cards to Support North Carolina Families

“It’s a great turnout,” he said Tuesday afternoon. “We’re really thankful people are coming, the word is spreading and people are getting the help they need.” About 4.5 million tourists from around the world visit the Grand Canyon each year, pouring an estimated $1.3 million a day into nearby communities. The National Park Service said 2,200 federal and private employees who work in the park are on furlough and that the park will remain closed until the government reopens. “It’s definitely going to affect my paycheck,” said Louise Mendoza, a hotel room inspector who picked up a box of nonperishable food at the local fire station. “It’s really hard because we have only a few to do every day, and the hours are short.” For a brief time Tuesday, about 50 people crowded around the entrance sign to Grand Canyon National Park while helicopters hovered overhead carrying passengers over the massive gorge. Business leaders and community members organized a “fed up with the feds” protest to highlight the economic crisis they said they’re facing. Waving picket signs reading, “America is better than this,” “tear down the Barack-cades” and “Does Obama care?,” protesters met with park superintendent Dave Uberuaga, who told the crowd that only Congress had the authority to open the gate, the Grand Canyon News reported. “I think the public needs the opportunity to let people know how they’re feeling and I want to accommodate this best I can,” Uberuaga said. “I’m doing everything in my control to facilitate what decisions need to be made, but at this time, the answer is, ‘we can’t open until we get appropriations.'” Few services are available at the Grand Canyon and in the nearby town of Tusayan. The companies in town stake their business on access to the Grand Canyon. Becky Shearer, who manages a lodge in Tusayan, said she kept about 10 employees on during the first week of the shutdown but will be closing the 20-room lodge. The state highway into Tusayan is now a dead-end street with everyone but park employees and residents of Grand Canyon Village being turned away.