October 1, 2014
IN THESE DAYS of growing income inequality, the rich get richer and the poor get . . . diabetes. And heart disease. And cancer. A recent study of the eating habits of 29,124 Americans by the Harvard School of Public Health verified a widening "food gap" between the poor and everyone else. While people at higher income levels are eating more healthy foods than they were 12 years ago, low-income Americans are lagging even farther behind. Poor eating habits, and the obesity that often results, are strongly tied to a host of chronic (and expensive to treat)
August 19, 2013
It would be morally repugnant to allow food assistance to dry up at a time of heightened need. But a $5 billion boost in yearly food-stamp funding - added under the 2009 stimulus to help more Americans get enough to eat during the recession - is set to expire on Nov. 1. The loss would affect 1.8 million Pennsylvanians and 900,000 New Jerseyans. The reduction would cost a family of four 21 meals a month - "devastating arithmetic for families already living either on the edge or within the abyss of poverty," The Inquirer's Alfred Lubrano wrote.
May 28, 2013
By Christina Weiss Lurie and Joan C. Hendricks After years of being under the radar, America's hunger crisis is becoming a growing reality for many people. One in six Americans goes to bed every night with empty stomachs. Poverty is forcing millions into "food insecurity" - the inability to know where your next meal is coming from. Families are buying cheaper, less nutritious food or cutting meals entirely. The problem is not a lack of food; it's the inability to provide nutritious, safe, affordable food for everyone.
September 11, 2011 |
CHICAGO - Duct tape covers a large crack in the premier booth at Hard Time Josephine's Cooking, where waitresses call you "sweetie" and customers come for the steaming shrimp bisque and homemade peach cobbler that leaves a hint of cinnamon on the tongue. Not long ago, such an eyesore at one of Chicago's top soul-food restaurants would have been unthinkable. Despite the name, times were good: Chicago was a bustling center of black America, and people in the neighborhoods savored Southern-style cooking.
November 20, 2012 |
"Don't come in here with no soup, 'cause that's not Thanksgiving. " That's the edict 73-year-old Gertrude Johnson, the queen of the kitchen, issues to her fellow Faith Chapel volunteers, who prepare and serve meals for over 100 Germantown residents on the Sunday before Thanksgiving. They must take it to heart, because I didn't even see a ladle. What I saw was a feast - turkey, ham, stuffing, string beans, salads, candied yams, macaroni and cheese, rice and gravy, and apple, pumpkin, and lemon cream pies.
August 24, 2012 |
FORMER FLYERS BRUISER Riley Cote wants you to know that just because he founded an organization called Hemp Heals, that does not make him a pothead. Cote, whose foundation is sponsoring a Saturday concert at Festival Pier featuring Cypress Hill and Sublime , says he was inspired to launch a pro-hemp charity when his sister Jaime , who has multiple sclerosis, found that eating foods with hempseed ameliorated her symptoms. Cote, who lives in Delaware when he isn't coaching the Adirondack Phantoms in New York, says he believes in the value of medical marijuana, but the hemp plant he endorses is different from the one that produces the drug, as it contains no THC, the active ingredient in pot. "People are foreign to it, but hemp is a superfood, like almonds," Cote explains.
August 27, 2011 |
NEW YORK - Before Mardy Fish transformed himself into the player he is today, he compiled a record of 5-8 in his first eight visits to the U.S. Open, never making it past the second round from 2000 to 2007. Before changing his eating and workout habits, Fish didn't make it easy to put together a deep run in Grand Slam tournaments. Not only that, but he didn't necessarily believe he was capable of doing it. Now? Here's how Fish talks about his chances in the hard-court U.S. Open, which is scheduled to start Monday: "I'll certainly feel like I can beat anyone, especially on that surface, at that tournament.
June 2, 2011
_ Say it fast three times: Center City Sips. Center City Sips. Center City Sips. Did you get it right? Reward yourself with a $4 cocktail, $2 beer or $3 glass of wine every Wednesday through Aug. 31 at participating bars and restaurants. Half-price appetizers, too, and some places offer a 15 percent dinner discount after 7 p.m. Find out more at www.centercityphila.org/life/Sips.phpa . Twitter follow @CCDSips. _ Speaking of drinks, how about the Raise a Drink for Tomorrow fundraiser from 5:30-8 p.m. Saturday at the Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center (640 Water Works Drive)
May 12, 2012 |
A sobering new report on obesity has more bad news about the country's losing battle against the bulge. Americans are getting fatter, but at a slightly slower rate, according to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Currently, more than a third of U.S. adults are obese. But the numbers will likely jump drastically by 2030 to include an additional 32 million people. The report said 42 percent of the population will be obese and 11 percent will be severely obese — 100 pounds or more overweight.
March 14, 2013
IT REALLY angers me that there is still hunger in America, knowing that we are more than capable of feeding each and every citizen - but don't. As far as I'm concerned, access to healthy food should be an inalienable right. Don't you agree? Sadly, every day in these United States, 50 million people, including one in four children, are food insecure, which basically means that they're hungry and not sure when or from where their next meal is coming. The recent documentary "A Place at the Table" removes the veil on this hidden-in-plain-sight national disgrace.