The “Need To Feed”; Food Insecurity Rages On During COVID-19

Torri Donley

More than six months into the COVID-19 pandemic, we are starting to accept the impact that the deadly virus has on every aspect of our lives. Despite conflicting messages from our government, it appears that the virus’ end is not near and a second wave is beginning to form in several states. The economic blows dealt by COVID-19 have clearly impacted people’s ability to put food on the table, and it appears the worst is yet to come. 

Nationally, we have

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Food Insecurity In The U.S. By The Numbers : NPR

Torri Donley

Food Bank For New York City hosts a pop-up food pantry during Hunger Action Month at Lincoln Center on September 24, 2020.

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Food Bank For New York City hosts a pop-up food pantry during Hunger Action Month at Lincoln Center on September 24, 2020.

Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Food Bank for New York City

With COVID-19 continuing to spread, and millions of Americans still out of work, one of the nation’s most urgent problems has only grown worse: hunger.

In communities across the country, the lines at food pantries are stretching longer and longer, and there’s no clear end in sight. Before the pandemic, the number of families experiencing food insecurity — defined as a lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy

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India’s food retail market to touch Rs 62 lakh crore by 2023: SBI Ecowrap

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a man sitting on top of a grass covered field: India's food retail market to touch Rs 62 lakh crore by 2023: SBI Ecowrap


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India’s food retail market to touch Rs 62 lakh crore by 2023: SBI Ecowrap

India’s food retail market is expected to touch Rs 62 lakh crore by 2023, driven by a shift in consumption away from low value staples to high value proteins (fish, meat, eggs, pulses, dairy products, fruits and vegetables), as incomes rise, said SBI Ecowrap in a report on Monday, October 12.

The report said the Indian agriculture sector must take advantage of such shift adding that “India is no more just a cereal granary and states are producing diversified crops and it is time that we go for white revolution.”

Mentioning the country’s export share of agri products, the report enunciated, “As per WTO data, India exported $37 billion worth of agriculture products in 2019 and had 2.1% share in world agri exports.” Although agricultural exports comprise around 10 per cent of

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Food drive held for resort employees impacted by Glass Fire

Torri Donley

CALISTOGA, Calif. (KRON) — “Calistoga Ranch unfortunately was completely destroyed by the fires which really puts our 175 team members of that hotel in a very difficult situation.”

Exactly two weeks later, the resort’s parent company Auberge held a food drive Sunday at Solage Resort in Calistoga. 

At least 350 boxes full of fresh and shelf stable food were given out to employees.

“It’s an adjustment period right you got to get back into your space, there’s a lot of work to do,” Regional Vice President of Solage Todd Cilano said. “You start to visually look around you’re visually reminded of what took place.”

The luxury 5-star resort was evacuated on Sunday, Sept. 27 when the Glass Fire erupted.  

All resort guests, owners and employees got out safely before the fire tore through the property.

The site known for a peaceful serene getaway now reduced to rubble.

One of hundreds

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This Food-Themed Mechanical Keyboard Looks Delicious

Torri Donley

Artisan keycap maker Tiny created this “Smorgasboard,” a keyboard full of food-themed keycaps, over the course of 11 months. The design for each one is inspired by the letter or symbol it corresponds to, such as a stack of waffles for “W” or a chocolate bar for the period key (get it?)

Artisan keycap maker Tiny created this “Smorgasboard,” a keyboard full of food-themed keycaps, over the course of 11 months. The design for each one is inspired by the letter or symbol it corresponds to, such as a stack of waffles for “W” or a chocolate bar for the period key (get it?)
Screenshot: Tiny | YouTube

Even though I’ve been writing about video games and tech for a while now, there are still some subjects that I feel like I should have strong opinions on by now that I just…don’t. Mechanical keyboards, for example. I own one myself, sure. I asked for it as a wedding present solely because it’s pastel pink and, let’s face it, I’m nothing if not a basic bitch at heart. But if you asked me what kind of switches I’ve been tapping away at for over a year now, you’d get a blank stare

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Emerging Leaders To Start Holiday Initiative Working With Local Food Shelves In Wright County

Torri Donley

October 9, 2020

As challenging and, at times, depressing 2020 has been under the cloud of COVID-19, as the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season approaches, that angst may become even more pronounced – especially for families struggling to make ends meet.

In an effort to try to help these families, the Wright County Emerging Leaders, a group of 18 employees from several county departments, is looking to help bring a little normalcy back for struggling families at the holidays through its “Season of Giving” initiative.

Erin Baker and Kara Kampa, both social workers in Wright County Health & Human Services, spoke to the Wright County Commissioners explaining that they’ve come up with the idea of hosting a specific food drive to create “baking boxes” – boxes filled with items specific to baking breads, cookies, pies and other treats – to give families something they rarely can get at local food

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Glass Fire: Napa Valley food giveaway benefits hundreds of impacted hotel workers; others share stories of fire’s wrath

Torri Donley

CALISTOGA, Calif. (KGO) — There was outreach and support in the Napa Valley Sunday for those impacted by the Glass Fire.

Hundreds benefited from a food giveaway, and we’re still hearing amazing stories of survival and property protection when the massive fire was on the move.

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Large food boxes were going fast outside the Solage Hotel in Calistoga for a drive-through giveaway.

More than 300 employees of the Auberge hotel chain got one, all of them impacted by the Glass Fire during weeks of evacuations and power outages.

“We did a food drive with our partners, it speaks to how Calistoga can rise to meet the need of the community,” said Solage General Manager Todd Cilano.

Daniel Jaquez worked at the hotel chain’s neighboring property, Calistoga Ranch; it was destroyed by the fire.

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Run & Eat: Bueno Loco lives up to its name with crazy good food

Torri Donley

Chicken tacos from Bueno Loco in Falmouth. Photo by Aimsel Ponti

I wrote myself a blanket permission slip somewhere around April. It says that it’s OK to indulge in comfort food as long I don’t go too overboard and continue to exercise. I also made a commitment to do my part to help local restaurants keep their chins above water by ordering takeout at least once a week.

There’s a short list of favorite spots for sure, but I’ve been meaning to try Bueno Loco in Falmouth because it’s always the right time for Mexican food as far as my taste buds are concerned.

I realized upon walking into Bueno Loco in Route 1 in Falmouth that the space looked familiar and I quickly realized it had once been occupied by O’Naturals, but that seems like a lifetime ago. At least a decade? In between it was the Stonyfield Cafe,

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Global grassroots organisations demand radical transformation of food systems to tackle the impacts of COVID-19 – World

Torri Donley

Rome, 12 October 2020 – The COVID-19 food crisis is closely linked to economic, social, gender and environmental injustices of free-market neoliberalism, says a report launched today by the largest international space of grassroots organizations and Indigenous Peoples working to eradicate food insecurity and malnutrition. The crisis will not be fixed by emergency measures or stimulus packages that perpetuate the same model, but only by a human rights-compliant radical transformation of food systems.

Between 83 and 180 million more people could be pushed into hunger because of the pandemic, raising the overall number of food insecure people to over 2 billion. Bold actions are required to reverse this trend. Promoting food as a commodity is no longer an option, given the catastrophic impact of industrial agriculture and livestock on people and ecosystems. Food sovereignty is the only solution to this crisis. It guarantees the right to healthy and culturally appropriate

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2020 Global Hunger Index: One decade to zero hunger linking health and sustainable food systems – World

Torri Donley

What do we know about the hunger situation worldwide? Has progress been made or are there any setbacks? Using the Global Hunger Index, the global hunger situation can be calculated and assessed.

The Global Hunger Index (GHI) is a tool designed to comprehensively measure and track hunger and undernutrition at global, regional, and national levels. It is designed to raise awareness and understanding of the fight against hunger, and call attention to those areas of the world where hunger levels are highest and where the need for additional efforts to eliminate hunger is greatest.

Global Hunger Index 2020: Progress and Setbacks

The 2020 GHI shows that while the world has made gradual progress in reducing hunger on a global scale since 2000, this progress has been too slow. Hunger persists in many countries, and in some instances, progress is even being reversed. The global level of hunger and undernutrition is

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