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Recent Deer Hunts Help Feed The Poor

The deer hunting season has ended. But the deer are still plentiful. Overpopulation of deer has led to an increase in deer-and-car crashes. Too many deer also damage forests. In some states, though, the deer overpopulation also means more deer meat is made available to low-income people. That's because hunters, meat processors and food banks are working together to get venison to the poor. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Skye Rohde reports.  Go to full article

Commentary: Food for Thought

Commentator Betsy Kepes shares the flip side of plenty -- food for thought from a hunger banquet.  Go to full article

Preview: Crop Walks in Jefferson County

This Sunday afternoon three Crop Walks for Hunger will be held in the Jefferson county communities of Adams, Sackets Harbor and Watertown. Pastor Cynthia Walton, of the United Presbyterian Church of Sackets Harbor, says money raised during the Crop Walks will benefit local food banks and world-wide disaster relief.  Go to full article

Commentary: Hunger & Obesity

More on the decades old 'war against hunger'. A report this week said more people are in need and food donations are down. Meanwhile, obesity is a growing problem among the poor. Commentator Jill Vaughan makes a connection.  Go to full article

Food Pantries: More Clients, Less Money

Just days before Thanksgiving, food pantries and soup kitchens are out with their annual report. They find more people are stopping in for food, while charities are receiving less help to feed them. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.  Go to full article
Jess Pletcher, Sara Gould, Shawn McGowan and Kiley Felch share garden chores.
Jess Pletcher, Sara Gould, Shawn McGowan and Kiley Felch share garden chores.

A Grass-Roots Garden Yields Plenty

With a dusting of snow and frost in some parts of the region this week, it's time to say good-bye to bright perennials and favorite herbs. But many North Country gardeners enjoyed an extended growing season again this year thanks to mild temperatures last month. For a group of novice gardeners in Potsdam, this summer was an opportunity to seriously dig into tilling, hoeing, weeding and fence building. And despite a late start and lack of supplies, their volunteer effort paid off recently with a whopping harvest for the needy. Todd Moe reports.  Go to full article

A Gardener's Guide to Frost

If you garden in the North Country, you've got a personal relationship with frost. It marks the beginning and the end of the season, but there are ways around those deadlines. Martha Foley talks with Phil Harnden, founder of the North Country Garden School, advocate of Garden Share, and author of a new book: A Gardener's Guide to Frost.  Go to full article

At Fort Drum, A War On Poverty

Soldiers at Fort Drum, near Watertown, are preparing for possible war in Iraq. But the Army is also struggling with a more domestic issue. By the Pentagon's own estimate, thousands of military families across the country live in poverty. Despite recent salary increases, some enlisted men and women say they can't afford food and other basic needs. Brian Mann visited Fort Drum and sends this report.  Go to full article

Holiday Gift-giving Programs Feel the Loss of Ames Stores

The holiday season is bringing home another dimension of the gap caused by the loss of Ames Department stores in many North Country communities. Non-profit groups used the retail chain for their gift-giving programs. With the stores closed, many community groups fear a leaner holiday season for their clients. Lorraine Taylor is Director of the Gouverneur Neighborhood Center, one of the communities which partnered with Ames during the holidays.  Go to full article
Janet Poppendieck signs a book at SUNY Potsdam.
Janet Poppendieck signs a book at SUNY Potsdam.

Anti-Hunger Efforts: Rethinking the Soup Kitchen

David Sommerstein talks with Janet Poppendieck, author of Sweet Charity: Emergency Food and the End of Entitlement. She says the growth of soup kitchens and food pantries in the past two decades distracts activists and policy-makers from the root causes of hunger in the U.S.  Go to full article

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