Archives for June 2015

New initiative to rescue imperfect produce

Perfectly Imperfect PotatoesSWAN QUARTER — Food Bank of the Albemarle is heading a new pilot program designed to eliminate food loss and fight hunger across the state.

On Friday, legislators and business leaders will meet at Pamlico Shores Produce in Hyde County to discuss the new program. The food bank is partnering with Pamlico Shores to rescue lower-grade potatoes and culls that would otherwise be destroyed through installation of a potato bagger, said Annya Soucy, director of communications and special events at Food Bank of the Albemarle. The event will start at 10 a.m. at Pamlico Shores Produce and will lead to a luncheon and panel discussion at Swan Quarter Volunteer Fire Department.

The USDA will provide a trailer for an estimated 1 million pounds of bagged potatoes to be distributed throughout North Carolina’s seven food banks and, in turn, dispersed among local food pantries, Soucy said.

Where the poor and rich really spend their money

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Lawmakers in several states are urging limits on how welfare recipients use public benefits, suggesting that the poor are buying things like lobster, filet mignon, vacations aboard cruise ships and visits to psychics. It’s an open question whether the problem these proposals aim to solve actually exists, but the Bureau of Labor Statistics just helpfully released new data on how the poor — and the rich — spend their money.

For the first time, the bureau released this data for ten equally sized classes of U.S. households, sorted by income. While the bureau doesn’t have data on lobster and filet mignon, the survey does provide a fascinating level of detail.  More at: