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The New Face of Hunger

The New Face of Hunger
Millions of working Americans don’t know where their next meal is coming from. We sent three photographers to explore hunger in three very different parts of the United States, each giving different faces to the same statistic: of Americans don’t have enough food to eat. Click below to launch galleries Osage, IowaPhotographs by Amy ToensingOn our nation’s richest lands, farmers grow corn and soybeans used to feed livestock, make cooking oil, and produce sweeteners. Yet one in eight Iowans often goes hungry, with children the most vulnerable to food insecurity. Houston, TexasPhotographs by Kitra CahanaDespite a strong economy, Houston is ringed by neighborhoods where many working families can’t afford groceries. Bronx, New YorkPhotographs by Stephanie SinclairUrban neighborhoods with pervasive unemployment and poverty are home to the hungriest. By Tracie McMillan Photographs by Kitra Cahana, Stephanie Sinclair, and Amy Toensing Dreier knows her gambit might backfire, and it does.

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Advocacy Tools « Food Research & Action Center Advocacy Tools There are many ways that you can engage your community and elected officials in the fight against hunger. From inviting your Member of Congress to a school breakfast program to organizing a SNAP challenge or using social media effectively, FRAC provides resources on how to become an advocate in your community. DIVIDED AMERICA: Town and country offer differing realities ROCKY FORD, Colo. (AP) — From where Peggy Sheahan stands, deep in rural Colorado, the last eight years were abysmal. Otero County, where Sheahan lives, is steadily losing population. Middle-class jobs vanished years ago as pickling and packing plants closed. She's had to cut back on her business repairing broken windshields to help nurse her husband after a series of farm accidents, culminating in his breaking his neck falling from a bale of hay. She collects newspaper clippings on stabbings and killings in the area — one woman's body was found in a field near Sheahan's farm — as heroin use rises.

About FRAC « Food Research & Action Center About FRAC Philanthropedia Names FRAC a "Top Nonprofit" In 2010, a group of 103 experts identified FRAC as a top nonprofit working in the childhood nutrition/ health field, earning FRAC the distinction of a Philanthropedia Top Nonprofit. The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) is the leading national nonprofit organization working to improve public policies and public-private partnerships to eradicate hunger and undernutrition in the United States. FRAC works with hundreds of national, state and local nonprofit organizations, public agencies, corporations and labor organizations to address hunger, food insecurity, and their root cause, poverty.

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thedailymeal Did you know that there is strawberry milk-flavored Pepsi in Japan? Flickr/CLF But of course – why wouldn’t there be? Learn About Coffee by Eating Apples When coffee professionals talk about acidity in a brew, they’re not referring to the beverage’s number on a pH scale. In fact, coffee has relatively low pH, and is less acidic than orange juice, beer and even seltzer water. (People often equate the upset stomach that some coffee can cause with a high level of acid, but a sensitivity to caffeine or even simply bad brewing can cause that discomfort.) In terms of coffee flavor and character, acidity or brightness are terms used to describe the fruit-like sparkle a coffee might have, sometimes described as its effervescence. It’s a highly prized part of the coffee-tasting experience, but it can be difficult for anyone to detect without training.

Haute Cuisine As physical stores fight to stay open in the digital age, luxury brands are adding restaurants to their brick-and-mortar outposts to enhance the in-store shopping experience and create immersive lifestyle destinations. Indeed, stores are no longer just about seasonal trends, visual merchandising, and customer service, with more retailers now employing signature aromas, flavors and dining styles to tell complete sensory stories. Brooks Brothers: Brooks Brothers, after successfully capturing a more fashion-conscious customer with its Black Fleece label, is returning to its roots with Makers and Merchants, a forthcoming branded steakhouse located in its Upper East Side store. Aimed at up-and-coming bankers, lawyers, and Wall Street-types, the restaurant will immerse diners in the Brooks Brothers brand of Americana, wealth, and prep. Acne Studios: The $5 cup of Joe is here to stay, as evidenced by the mounting ubiquity of elaborate pour-over techniques and specialty, fair-trade beans.

Spanish Olive Farmers Find An Amazingly Low-Tech Alternative To Poisonous Insecticides Next time you drizzle olive oil on your salad, give a thought to the larvae of the olive fly, which love olives as much as you do. Every year in Catalonia, Spain, farmers have to fight these pests so they don’t ruin the year’s crop. The customary method is to spray with insecticides, but in recent years a simpler weapon has gained favor: the olive fly trap. The female olive fly is slightly larger than the male, and can be spotted by the spike at the end of its abdomen. This spike is used to inject eggs into the olive flesh while they are still on the tree. When the eggs hatch, the young feed on the olive pulp.