Blemished or misshapen produce does not make the grade. Dana noted that creating a business that lightly processes below-grade A farm produce, chopping it so blemishes or deformities are not noticeable and flash freezing would meet my goal of selling a nutritious product that reduces food waste. Building off of my original concept and adding in Dana’s details, I sought out to learn more. After a day on the train my fellow passengers and I deboarded in the early morning to explore Salt Lake City. With only 6 hours on the ground I spoke with an anti-hunger activist at the Utah Farmer’s Market. Gina Cornia from Utahns Against Hunger saw my venture as an opportunity to capacitate low-income families with purchasing power. As Gina stood at the farmer’s market booth trading in peoples’ food stamps for market vouchers, she described a food system for low-income families that relied strictly on donations, such as food pantries or food banks, as flawed. Creating more healthy options at affordable prices would give those with nutrition assistance, such as food stamps, the opportunity to purchase quality food instead of cheap and ubiquitous junk food. Our next stop was Denver, and there I quickly hopped a ride to the Elyria-Swansea neighborhood with David Brock from Growhaus , a non-profit indoor farm, marketplace and education center. David and I discussed merging a for-profit business with non-profit programs as he sells lettuce greens to local restaurants to support the education programs and pay-as-you-can produce market. I then connected with Lisa Wong from WongWayVeg , a food truck that serves local and healthy versions of Vietnamese street food, and together we visited MMLocal , a local food business that preserves surplus farm produce at it’s peak of freshness.
Food bank helps furloughed Grand Canyon workers as business owners protest closure
Markets closed Food Lion Donates $500,000 in Gift Cards to Support North Carolina Families Press Release: Food Lion 5 hours 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.
Food Lion Donates $500,000 in Gift Cards to Support North Carolina Families
“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. Town Council member Craig Sanderson, an air tour pilot, called on Congress to act soon to open the canyon to sightseeing. “We’re not telling the Park Service how to open it. We’re saying ‘here’s the money, do it,'” he said. “By not opening the park, that tells me it’s political.” Clarinda Vail, whose family owns businesses and property in Tusayan, called the situation a crisis. She said the community is suffering economic loss resulting from the shutdown and the Obama administration’s refusal to accept offers of private and public money to keep the park open.