Bits and pieces: Hunger legislation, white versus wheat and other food news from the web, 8.9.10

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August 9, 2010 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

One bread reigns supreme.

  • Shoppers, watch our for some white-on-wheat violence in the bread aisle. Consumers are buying more wheat bread than white bread for the first time, according to the Chicago Tribune. And some of the best performing of these breads are produces with buzz words such as “whole grain” and “natural” in the name. I have a confession: my favorite bread is Nature’s Own. Am I just a sheep in the big ol’ food pasture?
  • A Georgia woman is using cornbread in an attempt to fight the foreclosure of her home, according to an article in the Wall Street Journal. Beverly Davis lost her job and eventually her $134,000 home. So she’s started cooking up recipes based around cornbread and selling her goods. Here’s her blog and website.
  • The U.S. Senate recently passed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, a bill that will provide an additional $4.5 billion over 10 years to federal child nutrition programs, including school lunches, according to the Washington Post. The bill has not only received bi-partisan support, but First Lady Michelle Obama touted the measure in an op-ed in the Washington Post. Here’s some key points about the bill, which the senate passed by unanimous consent on Thursday, Aug. 5:
    • The bill allocates $1.2 billion to increase the number of children receiving food, an effort to meet President Obama’s pledge to end childhood hunger by 2015. The remaining $3.2 billion would be used to improve the quality of school meals. This includes an extra 6 cents per meal per student for schools that meet new, stricter nutrition standards and funding for schools to establish school gardens and to source local foods. (Washington Post)
    • The need for Federal food assistance has increased dramatically in recent years.  According to USDA’s November 2009 report, Household Food Security in the United States, 14.6 percent of U.S. households (17 million households representing 49.1 million people, including 16.7 million children) were food insecure at least some time during the year. Of that number, 6.7 million households were classified as having very low food security, meaning that the food intake of one or more household members was reduced and their eating patterns were disrupted at times during the year because the household lacked money and other resources for food. (Democratic Policy Committee)
    • The House of Representatives would need to pass its version of the bill in time for President Obama to sign the legislation before Sept. 30, when it is set to expire, or the programs risk losing the newly found funding. (Washington Post)
    • Money from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, aka food stamps) will be reallocated if the hunger-free kids act is made into law. (Politico)

*Photo courtesy of doitsunosensei via Flickr

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