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Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today that the state’s going to be giving $4.5 million to 2,600 emergency food shelters in New York. Most of that aid is landing outside our region, but JCEO of Clinton and Franklin Counties is getting $22,676. The...
October 16th is the day the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization designates as World Food Day. It's a day to remember all the people in the world who go hungry or undernourished and what the rest of the people in the world can...
Florence Reed was a Peace Corps volunteer in Panama in the 1990s. While there, she saw not only the ravages of tropical deforestation, but also the reaction of farmers who wanted to do something different but didn't necessarily know how. Reed...
The farm bill never used to be this controversial. For decades, the drill went like this. Conservatives representing rural districts wanted subsidies for agriculture; liberals representing urban districts wanted money for food stamps for...
Some new research paints an unflattering picture about the relationship between the United States and food. Buried in a Pew Research report about emerging "second world" economies and their expectations for the future is the news that...
News stories tagged with "hunger"
Syracuse, NY, Dec 10, 2009 — As the unemployment rate in much of the North Country remains just under 10%, more families are struggling to put food on the table. Thousands of people live with food insecurity - that means at some point, they don't know where their next meal will come from. Demand at the region's food pantries and kitchens is up. But the Food Bank of Central NY says it's been planning for this kind of crisis for years, and it's still ready and able to fill the demand. Todd Moe and David Sommerstein revisit a story from 2008. Go to full article
Nov 26, 2008 — The economic recession is already hitting the North Country hard. St. Lawrence County has the highest unemployment rate outside of New York City. Layoffs and budget cuts across the region are forcing more people to food pantries and soup kitchens to feed their families. And it hasn't even gotten really cold yet. Food banks are reporting an increase in demand of anywhere from 10 to 50%. The Food Bank of Central New York sends millions of pounds of food to 47 pantries and soup kitchens in St. Lawrence, Lewis and Jefferson counties. It's been preparing for years for tough times like these. Now the system believes it's ready. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article
by Karen DeWitt
Nov 26, 2008 — The operators of the state's food pantries and soup kitchens say they're still holding out hope that Governor David Paterson will increase welfare benefits. As Albany correspondent Karen DeWitt reports, demand for food is soaring. Go to full article
Sep 19, 2008 — A St. Lawrence University student group has organized a festival in Canton Saturday to raise money for hurricane victims and a local food project. Todd Moe talks with Kathyrn Atkinson, community advisor for SLU's Newman Club, and coordinator of tomorrow's "Hope Festival '08." Go to full article
by Brian Mann
Aug 22, 2008 — Across the North Country, food pantries and soup kitchens are bracing for what could be a season of hunger for many families. High gas and heating oil prices combined with a faltering job market and rising grocery bills have pushed more working people to the edge. As Brian Mann reports, many social service agencies and non-profits say they're already seeing a spike in the number of families seeking help. Go to full article
Oct 12, 2007 — Thousands of "Cropwalkers" across the country step out each year to help stop hunger in community Crop Walks. They raise money and awareness to help support development programs in more than 80 countries and locally. A Crop Walk will be held this Sunday afternoon (1:00 pm) at the YMCA in Malone. Todd Moe spoke with Sr. Mary Elizabeth Looby, of the North Franklin County Ministerial Association, which is sponsoring the walk. Go to full article
Sep 18, 2006 — Dozens of gardening volunteers continue the harvest at two community gardens in Canton and Potsdam. The gardens are being tended by students from SUNY-Potsdam and members of the Unitarian-Universalist Church in Canton through "UShare", a congregation project to grow vegetables for food pantries. All the produce from the two gardens is given to St. Lawrence County foodshelves. Todd Moe spoke with some of the volunteers in the Cecilie Garden in Potsdam yesterday afternoon. Go to full article
Aug 22, 2006 — It wouldn't be summer without taffy. For 11 years Freeman's Taffy Stand has been a fixture at the Lewis County Fair. Jim Freeman now runs the stand. Go to full article
Jul 26, 2006 — All summer long, seafood lovers in St. Lawrence and Jefferson counties are keeping their eyes open for a white truck with a big red lobster on its side. It's Larry's fish truck. He has been selling fresh fish packed in ice from Maine and Boston for nearly 15 years. He's today's Heard Up North. Go to full article