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SELFLESS: 5-Year-Old Asks For Money Instead Of Birthday Presents And Gives It All To Foodbanks

“A little boy has donated all of his birthday money to help the homeless after noticing more and more people sleeping on the streets in his hometown” writes Natasha Hinde for huffingtonpost.com. Last year alone, Bournemouth foodbank handed out more than 6,000 emergency food supplies to people in crisis.Inspired to help those in need, Alfie asked his 20 friends to give him money for his birthday, rather than buying gifts.Alfie Woodall presented a cheque to two Bournemouth-based foodbanks at the Bournemouth Vs West Ham football match on Saturday 19 January,…

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Outside DC circus, shutdown havoc spreads…

“Yet some Coast Guard families have faced food emergencies and other crises because of the shutdown, said Katie Walvatne, 34, president of the south-east Connecticut Coast Guard Spouses Association” writes Tom Mccarthy for theguardian.com. Some federal employees have had to tap into their retirement plans.Unpaid Coast Guard enlistees have had to turn to food banks to feed their families.Elsewhere, the shutdown has interrupted basic government functions, such as processing tax returns, providing food assistance and supporting low-income housing. Source: theguardian.com

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Americans take stock of shutdown’s everyday effects

“You and your loved ones aren’t federal employees or contractors, and you don’t live in a setting or have a job closely tied to government programs” writes Jennifer Peltz for sun-sentinel.com. After enduring past shutdowns as a federal worker, Atlanta retiree David Swan hoped he wouldn’t feel the effects of this one.To be sure, inspectors don’t normally examine every morsel Americans eat, and plenty of food is safe. Source: sun-sentinel.com

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The rise of Caribbean food in the UK

“What is undoubtedly true is that rather than being the next big thing, Caribbean food is already here” writes Charlie Brinkhurst-cuff for theguardian.com. Alongside its impact on vegan culture, Caribbean food is beginning to make an impression in more traditional areas.Innes’s take on the future of Caribbean food is grounded in his belief that cooking from a wider range of islands will become more influential.Projects such as Nyamming offer clues to what Caribbean food in the UK might look like in the near future, as do the current prominence of…

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US shutdown ruins family finances

“But while the shutdown drags on, families of state workers are being forced to use food banks, rely on vouchers and handouts and being advised to hold garage sales to make ends meet” writes Charles Moore for telegraph.co.uk. Watch the video to see the full impact of the shutdown on working Americans. Source: telegraph.co.uk

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Food banks and garage sales: the real-life impact of the US government shutdown as families struggle to make ends meet

“But while the shutdown drags on, families of state workers are being forced to use food banks, rely on vouchers and handouts and being advised to hold garage sales to make ends meet” writes Charles Moore for telegraph.co.uk. Watch the video to see the full impact of the shutdown on working Americans. Source: telegraph.co.uk

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TV food commercials target Hispanic and black youth with unhealthy snacks and sugary drinks

“Some 86% of spending on food advertising targeting African-American consumers and 82% of spending on food advertising targeting Hispanic consumers is for unhealthy items like fast food, candy, sugary drinks, and unhealthy snacks, a study released this week found” writes Kari Paul for marketwatch.com. With increasing awareness around wellness, sugary beverages and the health risks of eating fast food, corporations appear to be focusing their marketing on these products. Source: marketwatch.com

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WWF Launches Blockchain Tool to Track Food Along Supply Chain

“World Wildlife Fund-Australia (WWF-Australia) has announced the launch of a supply chain tool that uses blockchain to allow businesses and consumers to track food items, according to a tweet today, Jan. 17” writes William Suberg for cointelegraph.com. The launch comes as blockchain-based supply chain improvements are seeing a hive of activity. In November meanwhile, a Swiss food manufacturer became the first to use the Ethereum (ETH) blockchain to track fish products.The codes are then linked to a blockchain platform to allow consumers to check the origin and life cycle of…

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Denny’s CEO reveals how grocery stores like Whole Foods and Kroger have restaurants ‘beating each other’s brains out’

“The health of the restaurant industry, as measured by the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index, is improving as same-stores sales and customer traffic grow” writes Kate Taylor for businessinsider.com. “We’re beating each other’s brains out,” Denny’s CEO John Miller told Business Insider of the restaurant industry’s attempts to undercut competitors’ prices.Grocery chains are eager to take advantage of the situation with new offerings that rival the convenience of the restaurant industry.Restaurant chains may be undercutting rivals, but the real culprit behind the battle-to-the-bottom approach to prices is the grocery…

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