Saturday, June 27, 2009
5,000: Number of non-profit workers that who are estimated to be laid off between 2008 and 2009.
75 percent of Arizona non-profits that reported increased demand for their services in 2008.
80 percent of Arizona non-profits that expected increased demand for their services in 2009.
40 percent of Arizona non-profits that plan to either reduce their service or reduce the number of people who can receive services in 2009.
57 percent of Non-profit organizations that put on hold plans for expansion in 2008.
Source: Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits
Full Story at: http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2009/06/27/20090627biz-nonprofits0627.html
Friday, June 26, 2009
Essa Khan, aged 33, who works as a daily-wage labourer is one of those persons who daily comes to free food centre being run by the Edhi Foundation at Aabpara as it helps him save some money out of his daily earning. He said it is not all about saving earning because sometimes when he does not find any work it becomes difficult for him to afford two-time meals a day.
The trend of setting up food outlets and restaurants has been fast gaining ground in the twin cities for the last many years and it is believed that large quantity of leftover food is thrown into garbage trolleys. Despite the fact that the concept of ‘Food Bank’ is getting popular all over the world especially in the developed countries, no serious effort has so far been made to promote this trend at least in big cities of the country.
The first food bank named St. Mary was set up in 1967 in Arizona that promoted this concept, which is aimed at providing free food to downtrodden segments who lack financial resources and find it hard to afford food prices.
“It would not be an exaggeration if we start recycling leftover food that would help provide food to thousands of people daily,” said Nazim Hussain, a hotel owner in Satellite Town area. He said though there can be many who would be ready to accept even used food out of hunger but in his personal view he does not think it appropriate, so they dispose of such food with the help of sweepers.
The Edhi Foundation introduced free food centres in the twin cities after which many other people and groups came forward and started providing free food at various places in Rawalpindi and Islamabad. There are also number of hotels and restaurants in areas like Peshawar Morr and Sector G-8/1 where owners provide food to people free of cost.
“The government must take initiative to provide technical and logistic assistance to various groups that can be helpful to launch banks all over the country especially in the big cities where thousands of people miss their meals due to financial constraints,” said Murtaza Abbasi, a social activist and educationist.
He said if all the relevant quarters make concerted efforts and share their expertise and assistance then it would be not so difficult to launch any food bank in the twin cities.
At the time when food inflation is increasing day by day in the society and huge number of people do not have a ‘luxury’ to enjoy two-time meals in a day it is highly unfortunate that leftover food is thrown into dunghills and garbage trolleys. So it is ripe time that relevant quarters put in best efforts for establishing food banks to provide marginalised people with some relief who have already many other hardships to tackle with.
Source: By Noor Aftab - Islamabad,Saturday, June 20, 2009 http://www.thenews.com.pk/print1.asp?id=184087
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
What's the Story? "Now is the time for action. The food crisis has taught us that to defeat hunger, we have to deal with its root causes and not to continue coping with the consequences of past mistakes," said Jacques Diouf, director-general of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), speaking at an international conference on food security.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Full story at: http://www.abc15.com/content/news/phoenixmetro/central/story/Demand-for-food-at-St-Mary-s-Food-Bank-up-127/QsuIEd_800u5leV3_kEM5w.cspx
While signs indicate that the worst of the recession may be over, only six metropolitan areas across the country are expected to regain their pre-recession employment levels by the end of 2009, according to projections from IHS Global Insight, a leading economic forecaster. Most of the country - 286 of 325 metro areas covered in the IHS analysis - aren't likely to regain their pre-recession employment levels until at least 2012.
This link will take you to an interactive map shows what year economic forecasters say each metro area will return to employment levels seen before the recession at:
Source: The Sacramento Bee
By Phillip Reese, Jun. 18, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
a figure which has increased by 100 million because of the global financial crisis, says the UN.
The UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said the figure was a record high.
Persistently high food prices have also contributed to the hunger crisis.
BBC, World News, June19, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance's Kids Cafe® program provides food to 32 sites in the Valley, serving as many as 1,800 meals every day and 2,100 meals every day during the busy summer.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
“Perfect summer storm” created as financial donations lag by 50% and demand for food expected to continue increasing. During May, St. Mary’s Food Bank distributed nearly 28,000 emergency food boxes and a total of 7.7 million pounds of food – enough food to provide 7.7 million meals in the community.
The Food Bank always distributes more food during the summer months than it does at any other time of the year, including the holidays, because families are no longer able to rely on school breakfast and lunch programs and already tight budgets are stretched further by an increase in utility bills and gas prices.
Adding to the strain, many of the organization’s supporters leave on vacation and financial support slows down, said Terry Shannon, President and CEO of St. Mary’s Food Bank. “This is the scenario we worry about every year, but this year, with the economy struggling the way it is, we are facing an incredible perfect summer storm – the need for our services skyrockets but financial support drops.”
Monday, June 15, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
As part of that event, ththe Food Bank intorduced a new video created by staff and volunteers to visually present this critical problem facing Arizonans especially during the next few months. That of FEEDING OUR CHILDREN.
Please take a few moments to view the video now showing on YouTube andt a consider what you, your organization, your family, your friends or other community groups you are involved with migth so to SEND HUNGER PACKING in Arizona.
View the video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IiCqE508-58
What will you and yours do?
by Pat Kossan
Schools across the Valley are measuring the depth of Arizona's downturn in the cafeteria lunch line: A rising number of students has applied for free lunches, and more parents are failing to pay what they owe on the lunch bill.
The percentage of students who received free lunches at Arizona schools jumped by 11.3 percent from February 2008 to February 2009, the latest month with data verified by the federal government, a USA Today analysis reported. Arizona, which had 394,977 students receiving free lunches, was one of only five states to experience double-digit increases.
Additional information available at: http://www.azcentral.com/12news/news/articles/2009/06/11/20090611schoollunch0610-CP.html
Monday, June 8, 2009
· The budget recently passed by a bare majority of legislators in the House and the Senate includes massive budget cuts that take Arizona in the wrong direction and damage Arizona’s economy and families.
· There are many alternative options that have been proposed by Governor Brewer and other legislators that can balance the budget without dangerous cuts to jobs, education, health, and human services. These alternatives include new revenues and other strategies that are fair and responsible.
· It is time for legislators from both parties to sit down with the Governor to look at all the options together and negotiate a budget that really works for Arizona.
· The coalition stands united in expecting our elected leaders to create a budget that protects education, health, and human services -- so that Arizona can save jobs and compete in the global economy.
To find your legislators, go to http://www.votesmart.org and type in your Zip+4 in the upper left hand corner where it asks for that information.
Friday, June 5, 2009
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Fruits and vegetables are part of a well-balanced and healthy-eating plan. There are many different ways to maintain a healthy weight.
Using more fruits and vegetables along with whole grains and lean meats, nuts, and beans is a safe and healthy one.
For more information, read How to Use Fruits and Vegetables to Help Manage Your Weight at http://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/healthy_eating/fruits_vegetables.html
and Eat More, Weigh Less? at http://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/healthy_eating/energy_density.html
Source: Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)