Hunger and Help: Are Community Fridges the Answer?

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  The community fridge not only feeds the hungry, but helps cut down on waste. In the United States, recent data suggests that as much as "133 billion pounds of food ... [or] 31 percent of the total food supply" is wasted in a typical year, rather than going to feed someone --  a waste which Pope Francis said is "like stealing from the table of the poor and the hungry." But food safety laws prevent communities in the U.S. from setting up community refrigerators like the one in Spain.. A co … [Read more...]

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It’s gummint. Why can’t it be both?

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I'm only about half sucker; so I knew it wasn't really true that Obama contracted helicopters to hover over Mount Rushmore with a big curtain. But I assumed it was true that the Amber Alert system was shut down.  Turns out Amber Alert, as a way of quickly notifying the public that a child has been abducted and is in immediate danger, is still functioning; it's just the website that's shut down because, if the website (not the program itself) is unmanned while the admins are … [Read more...]

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Gov’t shutdown means food pantries need help – UPDATED

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I know, I know, Big Brother is too big, and it's super fun to crow about what a vast improvement it is when government is shut down -- no more panda cam, boo hoo hoo.But for many people, the shutdown is no joke.  Since our fearless leaders in Washington are covering themselves with glory (and I include both parties.  I'm completely disgusted with every last one of them), there are plenty of Americans who face genuine hardship.The WIC program will run out of federal funding in a few days, … [Read more...]

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