We try to shop very close to the distribution day so the perishables would not spoil, said Nwaneri, who hands out food on the first Saturday of every month. The Maryland pastor is part of a network of more than 500partner agencies that distribute 45 million pounds of food to more than 500,000 people across the Washington area each year. And although the distribution includes bread, cereal and canned goods, there is increasing focus among church food banks to supply fresh vegetables and meat for the good health of those in need. Fresh food thats the key to lowering high blood pressure and diabetes, said Jeri Bailey, director of the food pantry at the Dupont Park Seventh-Day Adventist Church, who was at the food bank the same day as Nwaneri. We prepare bags for 130families a week that includes a meat, fresh greens, canned goods and other items, Bailey said. But the distribution of fresh food means extra attention must be paid to ensuring that the donated perishables dont spoil. Nearly 36 million tons of food were wasted nationally in 2011, said Nancy Roman, president of the Capital Area Food Bank. Roman recently helped organize a summit in Alexandria to address how local churches and organizations can reduce food spoilage. Participants included Ben Simon, founder of the Food Recovery Network at the University of Maryland; Elise H. Golan, director for sustainable development at the Department of Agriculture; Tom ODonnell, an environmental scientist for the Environmental Protection Agency; and Meghan Stasz, director of sustainability for the Grocery Manufacturers Association, which represents such major brands as Kraft, General Mills and Nestle. Food waste is getting some attention from federal agencies, but [the summit] really connected it to people serving in the communities to begin a conversation that is needed in our region, Roman said in an interview. We are committed to fresh food and vegetables, but we have to pay attention to waste. As panelists talked about how more and more companies are allowed to give out food because of Good Samaritan donation laws, Gerri Magruder, coordinator of the food pantry at First Baptist Church of Capitol Heights , stood in frustration. I want real-life specifics. I would like to leave here with real solutions, said Magruder, who told the panel that there was a shortage of fresh produce when her volunteers recently went to the main food bank to pick up items for their weekly community giveaways. Marian Peele, senior director of partner relations and programs for the Capital Area Food Bank, said that although the system isnt perfect, the food bank has worked hard to improve the quality of what it distributes.
Best food markets around the world
3Cote DIvoire Peeter Viisimaa/iStock Cote DIvoire is yet another country stricken by civil war and political unrest, and its capital, Abidjan, is recognized as the third most dangerous city in the world. Street crime, robbery, and car-jackings are common here. But when it comes to finding a taste of traditional local cuisine, the country has plenty to offer. Good places to sample the food are maquis, outdoor markets unique to Cote d’Ivoire. To be considered a maquis , the restaurant must sell braised food commonly chicken or fish, served with onions and tomatoes. Cara Waterfall, writer of the blog bellejournal, recommends a maquis called Chez Rokia, where the owner, a woman called Rokia, serves people cold beer and dishes such as poulet braise, grilled chicken marinated in Dijon mustard and garlic. 4Somalia With ongoing bombings and terror attacks, the U.S. State Department recommends avoiding all travel to Somalia. However, the capital Mogadishu had been going through a significant change toward becoming a safer travel destination, with new top restaurants opening up in the city, a recent backlash indicated that the terror threat is still present. A car bomb that killed 18 people in the capital also destroyed one of the new restaurants, opened by native restaurateur Ahmed Jama. Jama had opened his restaurant The Village in an effort to showcase the great cuisine and culture of his home country, serving traditional Somali dishes. 5Lebanon iStock At the moment, the U.S. State Department advises travelers not to visit Lebanon, as the risk of “spontaneous upsurge in violence remains.” But while the potential dangers of traveling to are not to be taken lightly, neither are the culinary temptations that the country has to offer. Lebanese food is often considered the most familiar Middle Eastern cuisine, with traditional dishes such as falafel and shawarma sold in countries around the world. But in the capital Beirut, a wide range of upscale restaurants have made the city a sought-out destination for fine dining and a buzzing nightlife. At Lux, accessory designer and restaurateur Johnny Farah serves Mediterranean fare, and ingredients are harvested at his own organic farm in the Lebanese mountains. And after establishing locations in London and Paris, Franco-North African Momo opened in Beirut, serving modern and elegant versions of mezze; the restaurant also arranges popular events such as dance parties at night.
Who is looking out for your food safety?
Join the Nation’s Conversation Pro athletes’ ads favor less healthful food, drinks Michelle Healy, USA TODAY 12:46 p.m. EDT October 7, 2013 In 2010, food and drink endorsements by top athletes largely represented high-calorie, low-nutrient products, a study finds. And adolescents saw more athlete-endorsement food commercials than adults. Basketball star LeBron James appears on a bottle of Coca-Cola Co.’s Powerade sports drink. (Photo: Daniel Acker, Bloomberg) Popular athletes contribute to the marketing of high-calorie, low-nutrient foods Adolescents watch more athlete-endorsed food and beverage brand commercials than adults Athletes who promote unhealthy food and drinks send a mixed message to kids about diet and health SHARE 94 CONNECT 86 TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE Peyton Manning, Serena Williams and LeBron James are among the nation’s most prominent and marketable athletes, but they also topped the list when it came to endorsing high-calorie, nutrient-poor food and beverages in 2010, a report shows. And kids ages 12 to 17 were the primary viewers of athlete-endorsement food commercials. They watched an average of 35 TV ads in 2010; vs. 33 for adults. Kids 11 and under averaged 21, according to the report in November’s Pediatrics, published online today. “Professional athletes in general are endorsing a lot of unhealthy foods, which is concerning for a country that’s struggling with obesity,” says lead author Marie Bragg, a health policy researcher at Yale University. These athletes “could do a lot of good to promote public health, but unfortunately they are promoting foods that are really unhealthy,” she says.
Food bank helps furloughed Grand Canyon workers
Lies are not the way. October 8, 2013 at 8:04 pm | Reply jj It is frightening to think that so many safety nets are not there anymore. Face it, nobody is taking care of us. Surely not the Tea Partiers who shut themselves up in their gated communities and watch nothing but F aux N ews October 8, 2013 at 6:55 pm | Reply Greg Without the Govt. you are not going to make it. Your life depends on them. October 8, 2013 at 7:03 pm | Reply Why do they hate us so much? They’re probably planning this so thy can kill millions of us off and not be responsible. October 8, 2013 at 6:51 pm | Reply Dave Monger that fear CNN. Monger it! October 8, 2013 at 6:49 pm | Reply DP Finally, we’re free to shove as much salmonella as we can into our brand with no consequences at all. October 8, 2013 at 6:48 pm | Reply nodat1 common sense is keeping MY food safe October 8, 2013 at 6:45 pm | Reply JohnParry Our federal government’s role is food safety is a sham. October 8, 2013 at 6:45 pm | Reply Big_D 2,4-D is a Monsanto chemical that was used in agent orange. They spray food with it all day long and Monsanto dictates what is safe or not to our government. So the answer is nobody is making food safe, they have been bought.
Meanwhile, an Arizona food bank delivered hundreds of boxes to help out concession and government workers who have been furloughed from their jobs or had their hours cut. “It’s definitely going to affect my paycheck,” said Louise Mendoza, a hotel room inspector who picked up a box of nonperishable food at the local fire station. “It’s really hard because we have only a few to do every day, and the hours are short.” The pastor of a church inside the park reached out to Phoenix-based St. Mary’s Food Bank for help after he realized he couldn’t meet the needs of people with donations he distributes out of his garage. The Rev. Patrick Dotson said many of the affected workers live paycheck to paycheck and are struggling to provide food for their families. “It’s a great turnout,” he said Tuesday afternoon. “We’re really thankful people are coming, the word is spreading and people are getting the help they need.” About 4.5 million tourists from around the world visit the Grand Canyon each year, pouring an estimated $1.3 million a day into nearby communities. The National Park Service said 2,200 federal and private employees who work in the park are on furlough and that the park will remain closed until the government reopens. For a brief time Tuesday, about 50 people crowded around the entrance sign to Grand Canyon National Park while helicopters hovered overhead carrying passengers over the massive gorge. Business leaders and community members organized a “fed up with the feds” protest to highlight the economic crisis they said they’re facing. Few services are available at the Grand Canyon and in Tusayan. The companies in town stake their business on access to the Grand Canyon. Becky Shearer, who manages a lodge in Tusayan, said she kept about 10 employees on during the first week of the shutdown but will be closing the 20-room lodge. The state highway into Tusayan is now a dead-end street with everyone but park employees and residents of Grand Canyon Village being turned away.
Borough Market, London London’s oldest market, Borough Market, attracts locals and visitors alike. With more than 100 stalls, the market, which can trace its roots back to the 11th century, can be difficult to navigate, but is home to a vast amount of ethnic and specialty foods. Borough Market captures the rich culinary history and diversity of London, offering a wide variety of food, like fine cheeses and olive oils alongside creative dishes like ostrich burgers. The full market is open Wednesday through Saturday, and visitors can mingle with chefs and producers as they sample their way through the various stalls. The market sells fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, seafood, dairy, and breads, but if you’re visiting for a meal, there are also many vendors selling prepared foods to choose from. Some notable vendors include Khanom Krok, which sells authentic Thai street food (like mango and coconut sticky rice), and Gujarati Rasoi, which sells British Indian food (like samosas and samosa chaat) made with recipes one of the owners knows by heart. READ MORE: Best farmstead dining 3. Noryangjin Fish Market, Seoul The Seoul Fish Market is both a wholesale fish market and a cultural attraction. More than 300 tons of seafood from South Korea arrives at this market every day, and visitors who arrive early in the morning can watch the fish auction, which occurs every day except Sundays and holidays. Some of the exotic seafood items, like the giant squid tentacles, are sold for hundreds of dollars. Visitors can also dine on the second floor of the market, which houses about a dozen traditional-style restaurants. Many of these restaurants specialize in raw fish, but some also serve cooked dishes like spicy soup with octopus (sometimes served alive!). Fish are available to be purchased all day at more than 700 individual stalls, and once they’ve selected a fish (or in some cases, octopus), visitors can be escorted to one of the restaurants, like Jinnam Sushi Restaurant, where their fresh purchase is cut and served as sashimi. The Korean specialty is hwae, sliced raw fish placed on lettuce and topped with raw garlic, green pepper, and a bit of vinegared red pepper paste. 4.