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Irish Supreme Court: Subway sandwiches contain 'too much sugar' to legally be considered bread

patsully
by patsully 26 days ago

The headline is great, but I was curious just how this came to be a matter worthy of Ireland's court system: "The ruling today arose from an appeal from Bookfinders Ltd, a Subway franchisee, which ...

The Silent Suffering of Cafeteria Workers

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 month ago

" . . . This spring and summer, thousands of K–12 cafeteria workers across the country continued working at schools that were closed to students, making sure that the millions of children who rely ...

NY Times: America at Hunger's Edge

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

". . . In the pandemic economy, nearly one in eight households doesn’t have enough to eat. . . . Treating hunger as a temporary emergency, instead of a symptom of systemic problems, has always inf...

Free School Meals for Kids extended through December 31, 2020

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

One piece of good news on Monday . . . under pressure from Congress and child hunger advocates, the USDA reversed itself to extend free meals for children through year-end. While this does not cove...

CalFresh wildfire disaster food assistance

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

• On Aug. 26, 2020, FNS approved California’s request to waive the timely reporting of food loss in the eight affected counties listed below. This waiver approval allows households to request, b...

It’s No Longer Illegal to Serve Foie Gras in California

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 3 months ago

The California ban on foie gras has been overturned on Bastille Day. "Foie gras, the fattened liver of duck or goose, is no longer illegal to serve in California, as long as the product is com...

San Francisco's Ferry Building classified as a "mall" [update: reclassified as "transit terminal"]

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 3 months ago

Now classified as an indoor mall, the Ferry Building was forced to close its main food hall under the current health orders. Only those businesses with exterior entrances can be accessed by the pub...

Farmscape: The Design of Productive Landscapes

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 months ago

" . . . We’re at a moment in time where it’s become so obvious we really need to work together. If the pandemic has made anything clear, it’s how truly interdependent we are, how we need to join to...

German court forced to rule as cheese smell gets up woman's nose

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 10 months ago

" . . . Ms Kragler says the smell of the cheese comes up through windows, staircases and even claims the smell comes through electric sockets. . . He also claims that the smell is actually fro...

If You Use Grubhub, Please Read--They Defied SF's Delivery Commission Fee Cap

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 months ago

More reasons to hate Grubhub. From Tablehopper: "On Friday June 12th, the first day Mayor Breed allowed San Francisco restaurants to offer outdoor dining service, many SF restaurants who use Gru...

Pandemic-EBT for eligible California families

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 6 months ago

"Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals at school will get extra food benefits. These food benefits are called Pandemic EBT or P-EBT benefits. P-EB...

Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker Join Forces on Bill to Ban Most Factory Farming by 2040

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 6 months ago

" . . . The Farm System Reform Act would prohibit new large factory farms from going into business and force others to cease expansions before halting operations entirely within two decades. Warren...

"Should someone have to die so others can savor a steak?"

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 6 months ago

" . . . what about the meat plant workers who face heading back into factories -- where social distancing may be impossible? Employers promise new measures, including protective gear and health s...

How to Crisis-Proof Our Food System

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 6 months ago

" . . . Crucially, we now see more clearly how the food system was already failing many from less privileged backgrounds—including those working low-paying jobs, households without access to a groc...

How training to feed others left Elle Simone Scott food insecure

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 6 months ago

" . . . I built bonds and formed kinship with the local farmers and purveyors that I met at the Union Square Farmers’ Market, discovering that some of these individuals and businesses offer CSA box...

U.S. Sens. Baldwin, Hawley: Ask Federal Trade Commission to open antitrust investigation into meatpackers amid plant closures

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 6 months ago

In the bipartisan letter, the Senators note that the closing of three pork plants because of COVID-19 has resulted “in the shutdown of a staggering 15 percent of America’s pork production” at a tim...

How to apply for CalFresh (California food stamps)

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 6 months ago

With 3.4 million Californians applying for unemployment benefits in the past five weeks, many of our friends and neighbors are looking for help with getting enough to eat. People are going to food ...

Op-Ed: California Budget Boosts Healthy Food for Kids and Markets for Farmers

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 9 months ago

" . . . This vision focuses on upgrading food quality and freshness, serving more climate-friendly, plant-based and organic food, supporting local farmers, developing food and garden education prog...

California will pay restaurants to prepare and deliver meals to seniors

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 6 months ago

“ . . . 'We are really addressing three problems at the same time in a very meaningful way,' Newsom said. 'This partnership can also support local government because the sales tax can generate reve...

CalFresh EBT for online grocery purchases

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 6 months ago

CalFresh benefits can be used to purchase groceries online for delivery starting Tuesday April 28. Because this was in response to the Covid-19 emergency and the need for vulnerable populations to ...