Most of us know that food waste is a problem, but you may not realize just how prevalent the issue has become in modern societies throughout the world.
Many of us regularly check the dates on our food products to determine if they should stay in the fridge or pantry, or get chucked. However, if you find food labels to be a bit confusing, you aren’t alone. The truth is that there are no universally accepted dating descriptions, and so there’s a variety of dating terminology used on our food products.
Welcome back to another installment of Food Friday, when we share nutritious, delicious recipes featuring simple ingredient lists and whole foods. Today we’re introducing a recipe that will bring something fresh and bright to your mealtimes during these cold winter months: veggie-packed, simple-to-whip-up rainbow chard wraps.
In the age of thriving farm-to-table restaurant scenes and bustling farmers markets, many of us are interested in becoming more locally minded eaters. One way to take your locavore diet up a notch is to grow your own fresh produce, and Americans are catching on to the perks of gardening. In fact, research indicates that 35 percent of U.S. households now grow food either at home or in a community garden — a 200 percent increase in less than a decade.
Westchester County is a 450-square-mile area with a population of nearly 1 million people, located just outside of New York City. The county enjoys the Long Island Sound to the southeast and the Hudson River to the west. Westchester County was founded in 1683 and became the first suburban area of its scale in the world to develop. What makes the area unique is its marriage of rural features — including its 20,000 acres of parkland — with more urban characteristics due to its close proximity to the Big Apple.
Millions of people face food insecurity throughout America, but no matter where you live, you can join in the fight against hunger. One way to make an impact is by hosting a local food drive. Food drives are a popular way to gather nonperishable food items for food banks across the nation.
Welcome back to the latest installment of our Food Friday blog series. We believe that healthy eating doesn’t have to be difficult, and with Food Friday, we feature simple recipes that are both nutritious and delicious. So far in the series, we’ve shared eggplant tacos and mango salsa, and today, we’re sharing a new simple, healthy recipe. It’s time to make avocado toast!
In any area that’s known for its strong sense of community, there are local residents who get involved in making it a great place to live because they care about their town. Research shows that giving back to your community not only improves the lives of others and makes that area a better place to live, but it also enhances your mood. In fact, altruism is connected to positive physical and psychological effects that include increased feelings of happiness, increased self-esteem, lower blood pressure, reduced incidence of depression and lower stress levels.
In every corner of America today, families are experiencing food insecurity. Defined as the inability to consistently afford enough food for a healthy life, food insecurity affects more than 37 million people. The struggle against hunger affects people in rural areas more predominantly, and the food insecurity rate is also significantly higher in households with children — with nearly 14 percent of families with children facing hunger, versus households without children at about 10 percent. Let’s take a look at four major causes of food insecurity.
When most people think about the ways that we fight hunger in our communities, one thing that comes to mind is their local food pantry — and for good reason. Food pantries are essential in the fight against hunger for the nearly 40 million Americans facing food insecurity, and increasingly, they’re becoming mobile entities. In fact, of the 200 food banks in the Feeding America network, 170 had already set up mobile counterparts by 2016. Just as a traditional food pantry is a distribution center that delivers food directly to those in need, think of a mobile food pantry as having the same benefits and goals — only it’s on wheels.