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Kroger Is Selling Boxes Of Food At Cost To Feed The Hungry

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With the holidays coming up, I often remind myself to take a beat and think of those less fortunate. Whether that means donating any cash I can spare, some old clothes, or even some canned food laying around the house, every little bit helps.

To help the process of feeding the hungry go a lot smoother, Kroger stores assembled boxes of food that can easily be purchased and donated to those in need.

All 107 Kroger locations in the Mid-Atlantic Division have begun selling boxes of non-perishable and nutritious food that customers can buy and donate to Feeding America food banks as a part of the company’s Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Initiative.

At $7.99, the boxes are filled with items like oats, beans, canned veggies, canned meat, peanut butter, rice, canned fruit, and juice. Each box is able to provide enough food to last 10 meals.

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Since 2013, Kroger has donated one billion meals through a combination of food and funds donations. Kroger plans to eliminate food waste entirely within the company by 2025.

Customers can find the boxes on display at the front of 107 stores, with more than 10,000 boxes donated to Kroger locations and will be available for purchase through December 31.

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Restaurant’s Nationwide Offer These Pink Colored Foods For A Good Cause

October may be designated for Halloween and an existential crisis because you are realizing that the year is basically over, BUT more importantly than both of those factors is: breast cancer awareness.

Throughout October, restaurants around the nation are incorporating pink-themed food and drinks, donating those proceeds to breast cancer foundations. Here are some spots to eat and drink pink to support breast cancer awareness.

 

TAO

A giant, pink fortune cookie (hopefully with a big and promising fortune inside), is available at TAO’s several locations in: Los Angeles, Chicago, Las Vegas, and New York City (Uptown and Downtown). Enjoy the traditional taste of a fortune cookie, with a twist of white and dark chocolate mousse inside. 

 

Ema

 

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Ema in Chicago, IL is serving a Strawberry Sumac Frozen Greek Yogurt— a simple pink delight. With every yogurt sold, they will donate $1.00 to the Lynn Sage Foundation.

 

Fig & Olive  

 

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In all of Fig & Olive’s locations in NYC, Los Angeles, Chicago, DC, Newport Beach, and Houston their signature pink cocktail is available throughout October. All of their donations benefit Breast Cancer Research.

 

LAVO

LAVO, in New York and Las Vegas, have a sweet pairing of an Oreo Zeppole (a deep fried Oreo) with a Strawberry Milkshake. LAVO is a part of the TAO Group’s month-long Tao Cares’ program. For all of October, each pink dessert sold — including the giant fortune cookie — will contribute 10% of that sale to American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. 

 

BJ’S RESTAURANT AND BREWERY

 

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“Pink Your Drink,” at participating BJ locations around the country. Drinking their pink drinks help donate to breast cancer research. (Just be sure to check if your local BJ’s Restaurant is involved).

 

OTTO’S TACOS

 

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Otto’s Tacos dispersed in New York City is featuring their neon pink taco where a portion of the sales will go to American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.  

 

PANERA BREAD

 

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Panera Bread brought back the Pink Ribbon-shaped Bagel flavored with cherry and vanilla. Baking this bagel contributes to awareness, and what is especially cool is their “100 Percent Donation Days.” On specific dates, all of the sales will be donated to local breast cancer organizations in each state and city.

 

FOODLIFE

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In Chicago, IL this restaurant’s pink-sprinkled, vanilla cupcake will donate $1.00 to The Lynn Sage Foundation for every cupcake sold.

 

VANDAL

Vandal in New York, New York is associated with TAO Group, and with this pop rock dessert, they will be donating their proceeds through TAO Cares. The Pop Rocks top a Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Cake with a sweet cream. Dig in! 

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Starving College Students Turn To Food Stamps, Food Pantries For Help

Most of us have memories of struggling as a broke college student. In my case, I remember going through weeks of school, surviving off boxes of cereal, Cup Noodles, and dollar pizzas. I never thought twice of the lack of nutrition I was getting, and simply put it aside as part of the poor college student experience.

Of course, during my freshman year, I had access to the dining hall because, as a residential student, I was required to purchase a meal plan. The cheapest meal plan was about $3,000 and offered 10-14 swipes a week into the main dining hall and some odd “points” that could be used like cash at convenience stores. Looking back on it, it was a complete rip-off.

To be fair, I used my meal plan often, but it was always a last resort for me, as it also was for my fellow schoolmates. We were basically served the same food everyday besides the special of the day, it was always overcrowded, and it wasn’t very accommodating to those with food allergies or specific diets. Simply put, there was an overabundance of fried, greasy foods and not enough fresh whole foods.

I had no idea then, but I now realize that I was experiencing food insecurity. And you  or your someone you know probably experienced it yourself, too.

So how has decent food become such an actual luxury for students?

For a growing number of college students nationwide, food continues to be just that: a basic human need that has been put on the back burner due to college tuitions and fees, rent, and school supplies. According to the Washington Examiner, “college expenses have risen exponentially — so much so that Pell Grants, which used to cover about 75% of the cost of attendance at a public four-year college for lower-income students, now cover only about 30% of expenses.”

Unfortunately, as long as college tuitions continue to steadily rise, food insecurity amongst students will as well. The main concern is, however, that these food insecurity issues create a rippling effect for even more problems. According to that same article, a survey found that “64 percent of these food insecure students faced some form of housing insecurity and 15 percent reported experiencing some form of homelessness in the past 12 months. Faced with this reality, these students are forced to pick up extra shifts, even if it means missing class, and some are dropping out.”

With limited options and access to decent food, college students are now turning to food stamps or food pantries on campus for help.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, a University of California survey of 9,000 students from all 10 campuses showed that 19% said that they had too little to eat due to limited resources, while around 23% ate substandard food with little variation and limited nutrition.

According to that same article, more than 500 UC Berkeley students have applied for food stamps since January, up from 111 in all of 2016, and just 41 the year before. The food stamps, also known as CalFresh, allow eligible students to obtain up to $192 worth of groceries a month.

The CalFresh website for UC Berkeley states that students must meet income requirements, be a U.S. citizen or a legal permanent resident, be enrolled as at least a half time student, and work a minimum of 80 hours a month to be eligible for food stamps.

For those who may not meet those requirements but still struggle with food insecurity, on-campus food pantries have also become a popular aid for struggling students.

For instance, in Rutgers University-Camden in New Jersey, there’s a food pantry that gives their students free donated food, no financial questions asked. Stocked with cereals, canned goods, and other staples like milk, eggs, and bread, students are welcome to take around five pounds of food at a time, according to NJ.com.

Although many of the students who visit the pantry are those who are from a low-income background, the pantry is open to everybody. This allows students who may feel food insecurity in-between paychecks or those who had to use all their earned money on a medical or personal emergency still have access to enough food until their next pay day.

UC Berkeley also has a food pantry to “provide emergency relief to help students continue on to successfully complete and obtain their degrees.” They’ve also experienced a huge spike in students taking advantage of these resources, recording 1,549 unique visitors for September only, according to the SF Chronicle.

Clearly, many schools nationwide are stepping up to help ease the snowballing of these student hunger problems. Although their efforts are commendable, many schools are just starting to create programs that are too premature to say for certain if they are sustainable. Perhaps a real solution to end food insecurity for students may not be to add more resources, but to take a long hard look at the schools’ integral budgeting system.

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NYC Food Bank Will Draw Food For Food

Last week the team over at NYC Food Bank combined a love for art and foods to raise money to provide meals for those who are in need. A person who donated $20 or more could send in their favorite food and have it drawn by a group of talented artists. They drew pictures of chips nervously jumping into a kiddy pool of salsa, wrote haikus about steaks and made Inari sushi seem almost too cute to eat. Needless to say, they were successful in raising money — $6,000, which is the equivalent of 30,000 meals. Here are our top three:
If I ever feel bad about eating carnitas, I will just think of the happy pig that loved carnitas, too. So much that he ate his own arm.

 

You’ll never be the guy who brings Cheese Whiz and Milton’s Crackers to a potluck with this simple Cheese & Cracker drawing. 

 

Donut Haiku, AKA Commute to Work Haiku.

Of course, these are just 3 drawings out of a multitude of clever and charming creations found on their website.

 

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