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Donations Flood Ohio Food Bank After Heisman Speech

Joe Burrow mentioned kids going hungry in his native Athens

(Newser) - Louisiana State University quarterback Joe Burrow may be a Heisman Trophy winner, but he hasn't forgotten his roots. The "kid from Ohio, come down to the Bayou" took time out of his Saturday acceptance speech in New York City to mention food insecurity in his native Athens. "... More »

Couple Wins Shopping Spree, Comes Home With Nothing

Instead, they donate it all to local food bank in Canada

(Newser) - "I immediately envisioned grabbing all sorts of things for my own cupboard," Chantal Leroux tells CBC News of the moment she learned she'd won a US $375 shopping spree at an Alberta grocery store. "A couple seconds later, I thought what a great opportunity to be... More »

Obama Surprises Chicago Food Bank

Ex-president helped bag potatoes

(Newser) - Barack Obama paid a surprise visit to a Chicago food bank before Thanksgiving—and stuck around to help volunteers bag potatoes. "Hey, how's it going?" the former president said, per the Chicago Sun-Times . "This is a spiffy-looking spot, right here." Children ran up for hugs in... More »

Browns' Lone Win Turns Into Good News for Food Bank

Team gets in on joke, donates to charity

(Newser) - Cleveland Browns fans were looking forward to a "Perfect Season Parade," though that "perfect" season was meant to be perfectly winless, reports NPR . But then the players had to go and ruin everything by winning their Christmas Eve matchup against the San Diego Chargers 20-17, leaving more... More »

Man Wins Free Pizza for a Year, Then Surprises Pizzeria

He asked to give it all to a food bank

(Newser) - When Mario's Pizza in Northampton, Pa., notified Josh Katrick that he'd won its "free pizza for a year" contest, employees expected him to "be excited, come in and get [his] pizzas." They did not expect to get an email asking whether Katrick could give all... More »

Md. County to Kill Pesky Geese, Donate to Food Bank

Humane Society comes out against program, but parks department says it's tried everything

(Newser) - Officials in Montgomery County, Md., have put up fences and attempted to rearrange habitats, but the goose problem in parks there is so bad that they're now resorting to a last-ditch remedy: killing them and donating what's edible to feed the hungry, NBC News reports. Per a press... More »

Costco Trashes 1M Perfectly Fine Jars of Peanut Butter

58 truckloads not allowed to go to food banks

(Newser) - Almost a million jars of peanut butter are being trucked to a New Mexico landfill after Costco refused to either accept them or allow them to be donated to food banks. The peanut butter—made from $2.8 million worth of Valencia peanuts owned by Costco—is being dumped as... More »

Phelps Helps SF Food Bank Tame Munchies

Swimmer's bong photo, ban lead to donation of 2 tons of cereal

(Newser) - The amateur paparazzo who snapped Michael Phelps holding a bong helped indirectly bring a little good to the world: Kellogg's, which dumped the Olympian after the photo came to light, donated nearly 2 tons of Corn Flakes and Frosted Flakes in boxes bearing Phelps' winning smile to the San Francisco... More »

Food Banks See Spike in Demand

Former donors now need donations: bank director

(Newser) - As millions of American families gathered to give thanks for what they have, food banks and shelters struggled to cope with a spike in demand for their services. "Food bank after food bank tells me it's new faces, people they haven't seen before," says one charity spokesman in... More »

Food Stamp Use Nears Record High

Rising unemployment set to push benefit numbers past 30M

(Newser) - Rising unemployment is expected to push the number of Americans on food stamps to an all-time high of more than 30 million this month, the Washington Post reports. Food pantries say they are also experiencing a surge in demand and a hunger hotline in Washington DC says its calls have... More »

Struggling College Students Turn to Food Banks

Soaring cost of staples drive students to charity pantries

(Newser) - With some groceries costing 30% more this year, food banks have surprising new customers: college students. About 150 visit a Seattle food pantry each week, up 25% from last year, while a Denver college food program has seen its numbers double. "With things the way they are, a lot... More »

Hunters Supply Food Banks as the Need Grows

Hard-pressed charities welcome protein as they face reduced shortages

(Newser) - Food banks facing shortages are welcoming game meat from hunters. Using the meat isn’t new, but this year the need is greater, as charities report more clients and reductions in their supplies, reports AP. One food bank in Montana received 7,500 pounds of game in 2006 and nearly... More »

35.5 Million Americans Going Hungry

Rising costs, stagnant wages threaten even worse news next year

(Newser) - US programs failed to make a dent in the number of Americans going hungry last year, and activists warned that rising costs and stagnant wages threaten to increase the army of citizens struggling to put food on the table. Nearly 13 percent of households—35.5 million Americans, with 12.... More »

More People Skipping Basics to Pay the Bills

Analysts shocked as food banks run short, stores adjust prices

(Newser) - More Americans are skipping breakfast and other basics just to pay the bills, the AP reports. With gas hitting highs this year and food prices up as much as 44%, even $35,000-plus wage earners are lining up for food, and food banks report acute shortages. One consultant says he... More »

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