hunger

Jefferson Exchange | June 11, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed June 11, 2014

No School, No Lunch

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Lesley Nelson and Gema McSoto paint the picture of summer food programs.

Kids may be happy that school is out for the summer (or will be shortly). 

But there's a downside, too, especially for children of low-income families. 

Free or cheap school lunches disappear in most locations when the schools shut down.  80% of the students who receive free or cheap lunches during the school year don't get to summer food programs.

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Jefferson Exchange | June 3, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Farmers Fight Hunger In June

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Philip Yates describes food bank activity in the summer.

We are practically inundated with information about helping people in need of food. 

During the holiday season, anyway. 

But this month is the farthest spot on the calendar from the holiday season. 

It is also the month of a major Oregon food drive; there's one in California as well.

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Jefferson Exchange | May 5, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Filling An Empty Bowl For Hunger

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Zoe Alowan and Julie Wiley describe the Empty Bowl Supper for hunger on May 9.

One of the most productive agricultural countries on Earth has a hunger problem. 

That's still a hard one to figure out. 

But until someone comes up with a set of permanent solutions, fundraisers will be held to help feed the people in our communities. 

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Jefferson Exchange | April 22, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Putting Food On The Table For Oregon Kids

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Philip Yates, Mary Ferrell and C.J. Drake talk about youth hunger, its causes, and remedies.

Report after report shows Oregon having problems feeding its people, especially its young people. 

"Food insecurity" is the popular term now, but hunger is the term most of us know... and too many young people know firsthand. 

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Jefferson Exchange | March 10, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Food Stamp Cuts Past and Future

Oregon's version of SNAP: the Oregon Trail Card.

Robyn Johnson talks about the effects of Oregon Trail ("food stamp") use in the state.

The latest federal figures show more than 47 million Americans receiving "food stamps," the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). 

But that number is already smaller than a year earlier. 

Few people celebrate the reduction, because it has less to do with life circumstances improving than with Congress simply voting to cut the program. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 13, 2013
10:50 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Jackson County Food Banks Reach 1-Million Pounds

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John Javna shares the history and future of the Food Project concept.

The green bags caught on. 

A few years back, when John Javna and company started the Ashland Food Project, they kept count of how many pounds of food each drive collected.

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Jefferson Exchange | December 12, 2013
11:05 am
Thu December 12, 2013

A Food Angel And An e-Chiever

Pamala Joy surrounded by the fruits of her labors.
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Pamela Joy, with Ashland Food Angels is collecting food to help feed low income families in the Rogue Valley.

Thousands of pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables and other food items are staying out of the trash and going straight to people in need, thanks to the help of one Ashland woman.

Pamala Joy, Director of the Ashland Food Angels, collects food from markets and bakeries around the Rogue Valley to help feed low income families.

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Jefferson Exchange | October 14, 2013
10:50 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Fighting Hunger At Both Ends Of The Age Spectrum

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Hunger fighters describe finding and fighting hunger in seniors.

Many of society's efforts to fight hunger focus on children, to ensure they grow up healthy. 

There are specific programs to provide nutrition to children of needy families, but many older adults could also use assistance in keeping hunger at bay. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 19, 2013
5:03 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Rogue Valley Food Projects On The Grow

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Paul Giancarlo and Jane Maynard discuss how the Food Project works.

Donations to food banks tend to run higher during the holiday season.

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