Since 2009, A Program of the Michigan non-profit Fair Food Network has worked to bridge this gap. Its Double Up Food Bucks program makes every dollar of Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program vouchers (aka food stamps) worth two dollars. What began in a handful of farmers markets in Detroit is now expanding state-wide and into grocery stores thanks to a $5.1 million grant from the US Department of Agriculture. … [Read more...] about Michigan Farmers Markets Make Food Stamps Worth Twice As Much As Regular Money
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On April 19, Robinson held a virtual jam session on “Anti-Weathering” as a direct response to COVID-19, hoping to provide women of color with the opportunity to prioritize themselves despite the demands of the pandemic. During the inaugural session, participants prepared a custom recipe of sweet potato flatbread with caramelized onion and collard pesto that was developed by local preservationist Gabrielle Etienne. Robinson arranged the delivery of fresh ingredients from the black farmers of Tall Grass Food Box for each of the session’s five participants. They shared a meal while sharing stories. Another anti-weathering jam session on May 28th will feature politician Stacey Abrams. … [Read more...] about Black pregnant women face a mortality crisis—and now a pandemic. Can tech help?
Trump plans to visit a Ford plant in Ypsilanti, Michigan, on Thursday that is being used to manufacture ventilators. Ford issued a revised statement late on Tuesday that signaled it may allow Trump to violate a policy it spent weeks locking in to allow it to operate its plants safely. … [Read more...] about Ford requires visitors to wear masks but unclear if Donald Trump will comply
The department said in a statement it has "protested this situation to the Chinese authorities, repeatedly objecting to Chinas failure to let US carriers fully exercise their rights and to the denial to US carriers of their right to compete on a fair and equal basis with Chinese carriers" and called the situation "critical." … [Read more...] about US accuses China of blocking US flights, demands action
Even if Kroger’s Thank You Pay extends for a few more weeks, grocery store workers and the UFCW union expect this pandemic, and its risk to these workers, to continue for months. Perrone says the actual number of grocery workers killed by COVID-19 is likely higher than 68, but that the union only has their own numbers to go off of, and they have no statistics from non-union grocery stores, such as Trader Joe’s. “As far as retail food, we think there’s probably many more than the 68,” he says. “It’s the 68 that are associated with our membership at this time.” … [Read more...] about Grocery stores are starting to end hazard pay, but grocery workers are still getting sick