Tag: food

US Food Prices See Largest Monthly Jump in 46 Years with No End in Sight

As if trips to the grocery store weren’t nerve-wracking enough, U.S. shoppers lately have seen the costs of meat, eggs and even potatoes soar as the coronavirus has disrupted processing plants and distribution networks. Overall, the cost of food bought to eat at home skyrocketed by the most in 46 years, and analysts caution that meat prices in particular could remain high as slaughterhouses struggle to maintain production levels while implementing procedures intended to keep workers healthy. While price spikes for staples such as eggs and flour have eased as consumer demand has leveled off, prices remain volatile for carrots, ... Read more

Immigrants Sick With COVID-19 Are Scared to Seek Help

The expansion of the public-charge rule, Fix told me, is best understood as way to favor affluent immigrants without having to go through Congress—a major victory for immigration hard-liners. According to an estimate by the liberal Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the new standards are so restrictive that if they were applied to everyone in the United States, up to half of all Americans could be deemed a public charge and thus not qualify to settle in the country. The current chilling effect has not been measured. But Tiffany Joseph, a sociologist at Northeastern University who studies health access ... Read more

Texans with kids on free or reduced-price lunches eligible for food aid

Starting Monday, low-income Texas families can apply for $285 in federal aid per child to make up for the free and reduced-price meals they missed while schools were closed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Families that were on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in March don’t need to apply for the program known as Pandemic-EBT, short for electronic benefits transfer. These benefits were automatically deposited on their Lone Star Card — the debit-like card Texas uses to distribute SNAP aid — earlier this month. Other families, including those that enrolled in SNAP after April, have through the month of June ... Read more

Orange juice is the world’s top performing commodity so far this year

Orange juice prices have surged by more than 30% so far this year making it the world’s top performing commodity. Why it matters: Demand for the beverage continues to rise and supply has faced constraints, in part because of the exponential increase of coronavirus cases in Brazil, a top global center of OJ production. On one side: U.S. retail sales of orange juice rose 46% from a year earlier in the four-week period ending April 11, the most since January 2015, according to Bloomberg, citing the Florida Department of Citrus and data from Nielsen. After two decades of declining sales ... Read more

Texas reopens water parks and food court dining areas

Gov. Greg Abbott issued a proclamation on Tuesday announcing additional services and activities that can resume under his second wave of reopenings, allowing food courts in shopping malls to reopen immediately and giving the green light for water parks to begin operations with limited capacity starting Friday. Recreational sports programs for adults can restart Sunday, though games and similar competitions may not recommence until June 15. Abbott also permitted driver education programs to resume operations immediately. For food court dining areas that choose to reopen, Abbott is encouraging malls to designate one or more individuals who are responsible for enforcing ... Read more

Restaurant chains are using COVID to masquerade as indie food pop ups

If you haven’t seen the GrubHub receipt that has everyone outraged, you probably should. It exposed the food delivery apps for their unreasonably high commissions and excessive charges to the restaurants (on top of the changes to the consumer). Many people, in an honest attempt to support local restaurants while staying home and safe these days, have started ordering out from their favorite small, local eateries. And they should! This could be the lifeline that allows those restaurants to survive being closed for upwards of a month. However, if they order through a third-party food delivery service, they need to ... Read more

Local VFW chapter distributing food to military veterans Saturday

Listen to the content of this post: MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – More than 100 military veterans will receive food in a distribution happening Saturday, May 23. VFW Post 658 will cap its month-long food drive with the event. If you’re a veteran in need of food right now, head to 4864 Harrison Road. They’ll be distributing from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Follow Tucker Sargent on Facebook and Twitter. Previous articleLynmore Estates Neighborhood graduates to be recognized with parade Sunday (478) 745-4141 ext. 310 Tucker Sargent joined the 41NBC news team in ... Read more

An unlikely truce: Cape Town gangs deliver food amid virus lockdown

Cape Town, South Africa Preston’s new face mask is emblazoned with the stars and stripes of the U.S. flag. While protecting him from the coronavirus, it would normally also put him in danger in Manenberg, one of a number of violent and poor neighborhoods on the outskirts of Cape Town known as the Cape Flats. The mask’s colors identify Preston as a member of the Americans, a criminal gang usually unwelcome on the turf of the rival Hard Livings gang. “They’d shoot me,” he says with what appears to be a smile, his eyes crinkling. But today, he’s working side-by-side ... Read more

Coronavirus forces restaurants to prepare for “distance eating”

Shorter menus, pricier food, less service, servers wearing masks and surgical gloves: The future of dining out looks far from festive. Why it matters: Eating in restaurants is a creature comfort that matters a lot to many people, and the fact that the experience won’t just go back to normal will unnerve and disappoint everyone who wishes the coronavirus would simply go away. A lot of restaurants that closed because of COVID-19 will never reopen, and those that do will have to pour a lot of money into keeping diners away from one another and the waitstaff, according to restaurateurs ... Read more

Coronavirus pandemic exposes cracks in US food system

The coronavirus pandemic has rippled through the U.S. food chain and agricultural sector, often in divergent ways. Images of empty supermarket shelves and farmers plowing under crops have magnified the range of challenges that have befallen the American food system. Throughout this, many agricultural economists point out, overall access to food for Americans has remained remarkably stable. But the challenges of food shortages, price fluctuations, and cycles of panic buying have been unnerving to many. The food supply chain in the United States looks more like a massive spider web than a line. For the most part, that has created ... Read more