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California Giant event helps Salvation Army, families in need

For the fifth year in a row, California Giant Berry Farms has participated in the local NBC Affiliate KSBW holiday event called ‘Share Your Holiday.’ Each year the station has a telethon-style event throughout the central coast of California over an eight-hour time period encouraging the community to donate food, clothing, toys and cash to support the local chapters of the Salvation Army.IMG 4385Bill Moncovich, president and CEO of California Giant, with Santa and KSBW TV anchor Brittany Neilsen.

During the Dec. 12 event, California Giant employees — along with TV Anchor Brittany Nielsen — greeted hundreds of locals in the community as they dropped off more than 900 toys, hundreds of pounds of canned food, blankets, clothing and cash donations. In addition to sponsoring the drop location, California Giant donated 100 toys for kids in need to ensure they had something under the tree from Santa and 500 frozen turkeys to make sure each family had Christmas dinner.

As a whole, the event (held at five different locations) raised more than $ 162,000, which is 30 percent over the previous year’s record. The event also raised 10,704 pounds in non-perishable food; 1,753 pounds of clothes; and 9,928 toys (a 16 percent increase over last year).

“The staff was proud to participate again and be part of such a positive program to support our local community,” Bill Moncovich, president and chief executive officer, said in a press release. “It was inspirational to see so many people come out to our cooler in Watsonville to donate and share in the spirit of giving” says . (pictured above with TV Anchor Brittany Neilsen/KSBW and Santa)

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Food Lion Feeds launches campaign to help feed families in need

This holiday season, Food Lion is partnering with customers in its more than 1,100 stores, Nov. 19-Dec. 23, to help solve hunger through its Food Lion Feeds “Holidays Without Hunger” campaign.

Through the campaign, customers can purchase and donate a specially marked “Holidays Without Hunger” food box for $ 5, while supplies last, or make a cash donation at checkout. All of the cash donations benefit Feeding America, one of the largest domestic hunger relief charities, and its network of local food banks. Food boxes are donated directly to a local hunger relief food bank or agency.

Through Food Lion Feeds, Food Lion is working to create a better tomorrow by uniting with customers and partners to help eliminate the difficult choices many families are forced to make when they are struggling with hunger. Working toward its commitment to provide 500 million meals by the end of 2020, Food Lion Feeds has already donated approximately 40 million meals through in-store campaigns, like “Holidays Without Hunger,” its food donation program and local donations and volunteerism.

The Produce News | Today’s Headlines – The Produce News – Covering fresh produce around the globe since 1897.

Fresh Summit exhibitors donate 217,667 pounds of produce to help Orange County families

Following the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit Convention & Expo held Oct. 17-19 in Anaheim, CA, exhibitors donated 217,667 pounds of produce to Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County. Over the past decade, PMA exhibitors have donated more than 2.9 million pounds of fresh produce to communities in need in the United States.

pmadonationPMA Fresh Summit exhibitors donated 217,667 pounds of produce to Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County.More than 277,000 people in Orange County, CA, need the help of Second Harvest and its community partners to feed themselves and their families, according to a new study by Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County and Feeding America. Some of those families will benefit from the generous donation.

The fresh produce was collected from the convention center expo hall by approximately 300 volunteers from the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County. The food bank is a chapter of Feeding America, a national non-profit organization that works to feed more than 37 million people a year.  

“Feeding America is extremely grateful to PMA’s exhibitors who have gone to great effort to provide this generous donation of fresh produce to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County,” Bob Aiken, chief executive officer of Feeding America, said in a press release. “PMA goes to great lengths every year to rescue, package and transport a considerable amount of nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables to our member food banks, so that they can be distributed to low-income Americans, who are in need of food assistance. Feeding America will provide food to 46 million Americans this year, including 12 million children and 7 million seniors.”

The Produce News | Today’s Headlines – The Produce News – Covering fresh produce around the globe since 1897.

Food Lion bagged apples to help provide 1 million meals to families in need

Food Lion is partnering with its customers to help solve hunger by launching specially marked Food Lion Feeds bagged apples for sale in its stores. The effort will help provide 1 million meals to feed families facing hunger in local communities across the grocer’s 10-state footprint.

With the sale of each bag through Oct. 7, or while supplies last, Food Lion will donate five meals to local food banks, in partnership with Feeding America. The bags will maintain an MVP Sale price of $ 2.99 throughout the campaign, just in time for parents to pick up healthy snacks for children back in school.

Through Food Lion Feeds, Food Lion is uniting with customers and partners to help eliminate the difficult choices many families are forced to make when they are struggling with hunger. The specially marked bagged apples are the second of three in-store Food Lion Feeds campaigns in 2014.

Through the sale of special Food Lion Feeds reusable bags made available earlier this year, Food Lion will provide 1 million meals to local food banks in partnership with its customers. The specially marked apples are anticipated to provide an additional 1 million meals.

The in-store campaigns support Food Lion’s work toward its goal of providing 500 million meals to families in need in its local communities by the end of 2020.

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Farmers market vouchers may boost produce consumption in low-income families

Vouchers to buy fresh fruits and vegetables at farmers markets increase the amount of produce in the diets of some families on food assistance, according to research led by NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.

The study, which appears online in Food Policy, suggests that farmers market vouchers can be useful tools in improving access to healthy food. This finding validates a new program created by the Agricultural Act of 2014, or farm bill, that incentivizes low-income families to buy produce at farmers markets.

“In terms of healthy food options, farmers market incentives may be able to bring a low-income person onto the same playing field as those with greater means,” said Carolyn Dimitri, an associate professor of food studies at NYU Steinhardt and the study’s lead author.

Economically disadvantaged families tend to consume diets low in fruits and vegetables, partially due to poor access to healthy food and their inability to pay for it. Farmers markets may help fill in gaps in communities commonly referred to as “food deserts,” which lack access to fresh, healthy food.

One in four farmers markets in the U.S. accepts Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, formerly known as food stamps. In recent years, several local governments and nonprofit organizations have augmented federal food assistance by offering vouchers to use at farmers markets. The vouchers increase the value of food assistance when used to buy fruits and vegetables at markets.

While most food assistance programs fail to address nutritional quality — for instance, SNAP benefits can be used to buy ice cream and soda — farmers market incentives can only be used on fresh produce, increasing their potential to improve consumers’ diets.

To assess the effect of farmers market incentives on those receiving food assistance, Dimitri and her colleagues enrolled 281 economically disadvantaged women in their study, recruiting participants at five farmers markets in New York, San Diego and Boston. The women were all caring for young children and received federal food assistance through SNAP or Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).

The researchers collected demographic information and surveyed the participants throughout the 12-16 week study to learn about their food shopping habits and fresh vegetable consumption. Each time participants shopped at the farmers market, they received up to $ 10 in vouchers to be used toward purchasing fruits and vegetables. The women matched the amount of the farmers market vouchers with cash or federal food benefits.

Despite incentives, retaining participants was a challenge, suggesting that factors other than incentives influence farmers market shopping habits. A total of 138 participants completed the study, which is consistent with retention rates for similar studies. Women who were older, visited food banks and lived in “food deserts” were the most likely to drop out of the study.

For those who completed the study, more than half reported consuming vegetables more frequently at the end of the study. Participants with low levels of education and those who consumed little fresh produce at the beginning of the study were the most likely to increase the amount of produce in their diets.

“Our food choices are very complex, and issues with food security won’t be solved with a single program,” Dimitri said. “Even though not all participants increased their consumption of produce, our study suggests that nutrition incentives are a promising option that can help economically disadvantaged families eat healthier diets.”

Additional research is needed to understand why produce consumption did not increase among nearly half of the participants, despite their increased purchasing power, and determine what measures can be taken to engage the vulnerable group that dropped out of the study.

While farmers markets are good sources of healthy food, the researchers noted that relying on them exclusively for food security is problematic, as markets are usually open on limited days and closed in the winter.

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“Jet Precooler Manufacturer donates 0.5% of sales to help wounded soldiers and their families”

“Jet Precooler Manufacturer donates 0.5% of sales to help wounded soldiers and their families”

Global Cooling Inc. announced today, that going forward, 1/2% of all sales, will be donated monthly to Operation First Response (OFR). OFR is a non-profit foundation, that helps wounded American soldiers and their families.

According to Global Cooling founder and president Jim Still, “Peggy Baker and OFR are the most important first line of defence for so many of our men and women who are, believe it or not, just about abandoned, after they return home from the Gulf Wars, with so many battle scars, both physical and emotional.”

He continued, “I can say things that Peggy and the others cannot say, about how these brave men and women, some young, and some not so young, how they are treated, or better yet, just plain ignored, by the powers that be in America today. It is not intentional by any means, it is just how bureaucracy works, but it is nonetheless real.”

Returning soldiers, who enlisted to help America remain free, are almost all affected with “some sort of post traumatic something or other,” according to Still. “They suffer an injury themselves, that prevents them from returning to ‘normal’ life when they return, or they suffer the loss of comrades in arms, and they wonder ‘why was that not me instead of him?’, and they do not want to abandon or forsake their band of brothers in these dessert conflicts, so maybe they re-up one time more  than they should have, and then that is their burden to bear.”

Many of these brave men and women, and their families too, are for a wide range of reasons, denied assistance and support when they return to civilian life, and many face foreclosure on their homes, and loss of cars and trucks and more.

“That is where OFR steps in,” said Still, “Peggy and her staff sometimes take a first phone call for help in the morning, and then the money that is needed to solve the emergency is sent on its way that afternoon, or the next morning. There is, of course, some paperwork involved, but is only for what is truly needed, and can be expedited when a need might be urgent. Of course, things being what they are right now, there is really not enough of Peggy or her staff or enough money just sitting  there, to take care of everybody, who could use some extra help.“

From the most recent audited financials of OFR, more than 90% of all donations are passed straight through to the troops and their families. “I don’t know of any other organization,” said Still, “that is so effective at delivering emergency and ongoing help, and with the spirit of our great nation, at the same time.”

“Many of the good companies in the world,” continued Still, “have their causes and their charities, and almost all of us chose to remain anonymous, most of the time.”
“But this cause is different, because it is right now so urgent,” he said. “There are so many families, that have so many needs, they are just overwhelming the government resources meant to help them.”

“I am hoping that by going public with what was before an anonymous effort for Global, that we can encourage other companies, whether American or of our allies, to follow suit and pitch in, in this special time of need,” he explained.

“OFR has two main programs,” Still continued, “The Last Mission Project, focused on ‘PTSD-The Battle On and Off the Field”, and then the Military Family Assistance Project, which is about just what it says.“ To learn more about OFR’s programs, see www.OperationFirstResponse.org, and click on the Programs tab.

“For the average working man or woman,” Still explained, “all I would ask is that you try to understand what it is like for these men and women, and not be so worried about being made to feel uncomfortable about identifying with them, and feeling what they feel. We are all in this together, and these are our brothers and sisters.”

“I am hoping,” Still concluded, “that by going public with this, and choosing to not be anonymous this one time, there might be other companies that will join mine, and help support these men and women, and their families, who have sacrificed so much of themselves to preserve the American way of life.”

For more information:
Jim Still
Global Cooling Inc.
Tel: +1- 610-248-9800
[email protected]
www.PreCoolers.net

Publication date: 7/9/2014


FreshPlaza.com

“Jet Precooler Manufacturer donates 0.5% of sales to help wounded soldiers and their families”

“Jet Precooler Manufacturer donates 0.5% of sales to help wounded soldiers and their families”

Global Cooling Inc. announced today, that going forward, 1/2% of all sales, will be donated monthly to Operation First Response (OFR). OFR is a non-profit foundation, that helps wounded American soldiers and their families.

According to Global Cooling founder and president Jim Still, “Peggy Baker and OFR are the most important first line of defence for so many of our men and women who are, believe it or not, just about abandoned, after they return home from the Gulf Wars, with so many battle scars, both physical and emotional.”

He continued, “I can say things that Peggy and the others cannot say, about how these brave men and women, some young, and some not so young, how they are treated, or better yet, just plain ignored, by the powers that be in America today. It is not intentional by any means, it is just how bureaucracy works, but it is nonetheless real.”

Returning soldiers, who enlisted to help America remain free, are almost all affected with “some sort of post traumatic something or other,” according to Still. “They suffer an injury themselves, that prevents them from returning to ‘normal’ life when they return, or they suffer the loss of comrades in arms, and they wonder ‘why was that not me instead of him?’, and they do not want to abandon or forsake their band of brothers in these dessert conflicts, so maybe they re-up one time more  than they should have, and then that is their burden to bear.”

Many of these brave men and women, and their families too, are for a wide range of reasons, denied assistance and support when they return to civilian life, and many face foreclosure on their homes, and loss of cars and trucks and more.

“That is where OFR steps in,” said Still, “Peggy and her staff sometimes take a first phone call for help in the morning, and then the money that is needed to solve the emergency is sent on its way that afternoon, or the next morning. There is, of course, some paperwork involved, but is only for what is truly needed, and can be expedited when a need might be urgent. Of course, things being what they are right now, there is really not enough of Peggy or her staff or enough money just sitting  there, to take care of everybody, who could use some extra help.“

From the most recent audited financials of OFR, more than 90% of all donations are passed straight through to the troops and their families. “I don’t know of any other organization,” said Still, “that is so effective at delivering emergency and ongoing help, and with the spirit of our great nation, at the same time.”

“Many of the good companies in the world,” continued Still, “have their causes and their charities, and almost all of us chose to remain anonymous, most of the time.”
“But this cause is different, because it is right now so urgent,” he said. “There are so many families, that have so many needs, they are just overwhelming the government resources meant to help them.”

“I am hoping that by going public with what was before an anonymous effort for Global, that we can encourage other companies, whether American or of our allies, to follow suit and pitch in, in this special time of need,” he explained.

“OFR has two main programs,” Still continued, “The Last Mission Project, focused on ‘PTSD-The Battle On and Off the Field”, and then the Military Family Assistance Project, which is about just what it says.“ To learn more about OFR’s programs, see www.OperationFirstResponse.org, and click on the Programs tab.

“For the average working man or woman,” Still explained, “all I would ask is that you try to understand what it is like for these men and women, and not be so worried about being made to feel uncomfortable about identifying with them, and feeling what they feel. We are all in this together, and these are our brothers and sisters.”

“I am hoping,” Still concluded, “that by going public with this, and choosing to not be anonymous this one time, there might be other companies that will join mine, and help support these men and women, and their families, who have sacrificed so much of themselves to preserve the American way of life.”

For more information:
Jim Still
Global Cooling Inc.
Tel: +1- 610-248-9800
[email protected]
www.PreCoolers.net

Publication date: 7/9/2014


FreshPlaza.com

“Jet Precooler Manufacturer donates 0.5% of sales to help wounded soldiers and their families”

“Jet Precooler Manufacturer donates 0.5% of sales to help wounded soldiers and their families”

Global Cooling Inc. announced today, that going forward, 1/2% of all sales, will be donated monthly to Operation First Response (OFR). OFR is a non-profit foundation, that helps wounded American soldiers and their families.

According to Global Cooling founder and president Jim Still, “Peggy Baker and OFR are the most important first line of defence for so many of our men and women who are, believe it or not, just about abandoned, after they return home from the Gulf Wars, with so many battle scars, both physical and emotional.”

He continued, “I can say things that Peggy and the others cannot say, about how these brave men and women, some young, and some not so young, how they are treated, or better yet, just plain ignored, by the powers that be in America today. It is not intentional by any means, it is just how bureaucracy works, but it is nonetheless real.”

Returning soldiers, who enlisted to help America remain free, are almost all affected with “some sort of post traumatic something or other,” according to Still. “They suffer an injury themselves, that prevents them from returning to ‘normal’ life when they return, or they suffer the loss of comrades in arms, and they wonder ‘why was that not me instead of him?’, and they do not want to abandon or forsake their band of brothers in these dessert conflicts, so maybe they re-up one time more  than they should have, and then that is their burden to bear.”

Many of these brave men and women, and their families too, are for a wide range of reasons, denied assistance and support when they return to civilian life, and many face foreclosure on their homes, and loss of cars and trucks and more.

“That is where OFR steps in,” said Still, “Peggy and her staff sometimes take a first phone call for help in the morning, and then the money that is needed to solve the emergency is sent on its way that afternoon, or the next morning. There is, of course, some paperwork involved, but is only for what is truly needed, and can be expedited when a need might be urgent. Of course, things being what they are right now, there is really not enough of Peggy or her staff or enough money just sitting  there, to take care of everybody, who could use some extra help.“

From the most recent audited financials of OFR, more than 90% of all donations are passed straight through to the troops and their families. “I don’t know of any other organization,” said Still, “that is so effective at delivering emergency and ongoing help, and with the spirit of our great nation, at the same time.”

“Many of the good companies in the world,” continued Still, “have their causes and their charities, and almost all of us chose to remain anonymous, most of the time.”
“But this cause is different, because it is right now so urgent,” he said. “There are so many families, that have so many needs, they are just overwhelming the government resources meant to help them.”

“I am hoping that by going public with what was before an anonymous effort for Global, that we can encourage other companies, whether American or of our allies, to follow suit and pitch in, in this special time of need,” he explained.

“OFR has two main programs,” Still continued, “The Last Mission Project, focused on ‘PTSD-The Battle On and Off the Field”, and then the Military Family Assistance Project, which is about just what it says.“ To learn more about OFR’s programs, see www.OperationFirstResponse.org, and click on the Programs tab.

“For the average working man or woman,” Still explained, “all I would ask is that you try to understand what it is like for these men and women, and not be so worried about being made to feel uncomfortable about identifying with them, and feeling what they feel. We are all in this together, and these are our brothers and sisters.”

“I am hoping,” Still concluded, “that by going public with this, and choosing to not be anonymous this one time, there might be other companies that will join mine, and help support these men and women, and their families, who have sacrificed so much of themselves to preserve the American way of life.”

For more information:
Jim Still
Global Cooling Inc.
Tel: +1- 610-248-9800
[email protected]
www.PreCoolers.net

Publication date: 7/9/2014


FreshPlaza.com

“Jet Precooler Manufacturer donates 0.5% of sales to help wounded soldiers and their families”

“Jet Precooler Manufacturer donates 0.5% of sales to help wounded soldiers and their families”

Global Cooling Inc. announced today, that going forward, 1/2% of all sales, will be donated monthly to Operation First Response (OFR). OFR is a non-profit foundation, that helps wounded American soldiers and their families.

According to Global Cooling founder and president Jim Still, “Peggy Baker and OFR are the most important first line of defence for so many of our men and women who are, believe it or not, just about abandoned, after they return home from the Gulf Wars, with so many battle scars, both physical and emotional.”

He continued, “I can say things that Peggy and the others cannot say, about how these brave men and women, some young, and some not so young, how they are treated, or better yet, just plain ignored, by the powers that be in America today. It is not intentional by any means, it is just how bureaucracy works, but it is nonetheless real.”

Returning soldiers, who enlisted to help America remain free, are almost all affected with “some sort of post traumatic something or other,” according to Still. “They suffer an injury themselves, that prevents them from returning to ‘normal’ life when they return, or they suffer the loss of comrades in arms, and they wonder ‘why was that not me instead of him?’, and they do not want to abandon or forsake their band of brothers in these dessert conflicts, so maybe they re-up one time more  than they should have, and then that is their burden to bear.”

Many of these brave men and women, and their families too, are for a wide range of reasons, denied assistance and support when they return to civilian life, and many face foreclosure on their homes, and loss of cars and trucks and more.

“That is where OFR steps in,” said Still, “Peggy and her staff sometimes take a first phone call for help in the morning, and then the money that is needed to solve the emergency is sent on its way that afternoon, or the next morning. There is, of course, some paperwork involved, but is only for what is truly needed, and can be expedited when a need might be urgent. Of course, things being what they are right now, there is really not enough of Peggy or her staff or enough money just sitting  there, to take care of everybody, who could use some extra help.“

From the most recent audited financials of OFR, more than 90% of all donations are passed straight through to the troops and their families. “I don’t know of any other organization,” said Still, “that is so effective at delivering emergency and ongoing help, and with the spirit of our great nation, at the same time.”

“Many of the good companies in the world,” continued Still, “have their causes and their charities, and almost all of us chose to remain anonymous, most of the time.”
“But this cause is different, because it is right now so urgent,” he said. “There are so many families, that have so many needs, they are just overwhelming the government resources meant to help them.”

“I am hoping that by going public with what was before an anonymous effort for Global, that we can encourage other companies, whether American or of our allies, to follow suit and pitch in, in this special time of need,” he explained.

“OFR has two main programs,” Still continued, “The Last Mission Project, focused on ‘PTSD-The Battle On and Off the Field”, and then the Military Family Assistance Project, which is about just what it says.“ To learn more about OFR’s programs, see www.OperationFirstResponse.org, and click on the Programs tab.

“For the average working man or woman,” Still explained, “all I would ask is that you try to understand what it is like for these men and women, and not be so worried about being made to feel uncomfortable about identifying with them, and feeling what they feel. We are all in this together, and these are our brothers and sisters.”

“I am hoping,” Still concluded, “that by going public with this, and choosing to not be anonymous this one time, there might be other companies that will join mine, and help support these men and women, and their families, who have sacrificed so much of themselves to preserve the American way of life.”

For more information:
Jim Still
Global Cooling Inc.
Tel: +1- 610-248-9800
[email protected]
www.PreCoolers.net

Publication date: 7/9/2014


FreshPlaza.com

“Jet Precooler Manufacturer donates 0.5% of sales to help wounded soldiers and their families”

“Jet Precooler Manufacturer donates 0.5% of sales to help wounded soldiers and their families”

Global Cooling Inc. announced today, that going forward, 1/2% of all sales, will be donated monthly to Operation First Response (OFR). OFR is a non-profit foundation, that helps wounded American soldiers and their families.

According to Global Cooling founder and president Jim Still, “Peggy Baker and OFR are the most important first line of defence for so many of our men and women who are, believe it or not, just about abandoned, after they return home from the Gulf Wars, with so many battle scars, both physical and emotional.”

He continued, “I can say things that Peggy and the others cannot say, about how these brave men and women, some young, and some not so young, how they are treated, or better yet, just plain ignored, by the powers that be in America today. It is not intentional by any means, it is just how bureaucracy works, but it is nonetheless real.”

Returning soldiers, who enlisted to help America remain free, are almost all affected with “some sort of post traumatic something or other,” according to Still. “They suffer an injury themselves, that prevents them from returning to ‘normal’ life when they return, or they suffer the loss of comrades in arms, and they wonder ‘why was that not me instead of him?’, and they do not want to abandon or forsake their band of brothers in these dessert conflicts, so maybe they re-up one time more  than they should have, and then that is their burden to bear.”

Many of these brave men and women, and their families too, are for a wide range of reasons, denied assistance and support when they return to civilian life, and many face foreclosure on their homes, and loss of cars and trucks and more.

“That is where OFR steps in,” said Still, “Peggy and her staff sometimes take a first phone call for help in the morning, and then the money that is needed to solve the emergency is sent on its way that afternoon, or the next morning. There is, of course, some paperwork involved, but is only for what is truly needed, and can be expedited when a need might be urgent. Of course, things being what they are right now, there is really not enough of Peggy or her staff or enough money just sitting  there, to take care of everybody, who could use some extra help.“

From the most recent audited financials of OFR, more than 90% of all donations are passed straight through to the troops and their families. “I don’t know of any other organization,” said Still, “that is so effective at delivering emergency and ongoing help, and with the spirit of our great nation, at the same time.”

“Many of the good companies in the world,” continued Still, “have their causes and their charities, and almost all of us chose to remain anonymous, most of the time.”
“But this cause is different, because it is right now so urgent,” he said. “There are so many families, that have so many needs, they are just overwhelming the government resources meant to help them.”

“I am hoping that by going public with what was before an anonymous effort for Global, that we can encourage other companies, whether American or of our allies, to follow suit and pitch in, in this special time of need,” he explained.

“OFR has two main programs,” Still continued, “The Last Mission Project, focused on ‘PTSD-The Battle On and Off the Field”, and then the Military Family Assistance Project, which is about just what it says.“ To learn more about OFR’s programs, see www.OperationFirstResponse.org, and click on the Programs tab.

“For the average working man or woman,” Still explained, “all I would ask is that you try to understand what it is like for these men and women, and not be so worried about being made to feel uncomfortable about identifying with them, and feeling what they feel. We are all in this together, and these are our brothers and sisters.”

“I am hoping,” Still concluded, “that by going public with this, and choosing to not be anonymous this one time, there might be other companies that will join mine, and help support these men and women, and their families, who have sacrificed so much of themselves to preserve the American way of life.”

For more information:
Jim Still
Global Cooling Inc.
Tel: +1- 610-248-9800
[email protected]
www.PreCoolers.net

Publication date: 7/9/2014


FreshPlaza.com

“Jet Precooler Manufacturer donates 0.5% of sales to help wounded soldiers and their families”

“Jet Precooler Manufacturer donates 0.5% of sales to help wounded soldiers and their families”

Global Cooling Inc. announced today, that going forward, 1/2% of all sales, will be donated monthly to Operation First Response (OFR). OFR is a non-profit foundation, that helps wounded American soldiers and their families.

According to Global Cooling founder and president Jim Still, “Peggy Baker and OFR are the most important first line of defence for so many of our men and women who are, believe it or not, just about abandoned, after they return home from the Gulf Wars, with so many battle scars, both physical and emotional.”

He continued, “I can say things that Peggy and the others cannot say, about how these brave men and women, some young, and some not so young, how they are treated, or better yet, just plain ignored, by the powers that be in America today. It is not intentional by any means, it is just how bureaucracy works, but it is nonetheless real.”

Returning soldiers, who enlisted to help America remain free, are almost all affected with “some sort of post traumatic something or other,” according to Still. “They suffer an injury themselves, that prevents them from returning to ‘normal’ life when they return, or they suffer the loss of comrades in arms, and they wonder ‘why was that not me instead of him?’, and they do not want to abandon or forsake their band of brothers in these dessert conflicts, so maybe they re-up one time more  than they should have, and then that is their burden to bear.”

Many of these brave men and women, and their families too, are for a wide range of reasons, denied assistance and support when they return to civilian life, and many face foreclosure on their homes, and loss of cars and trucks and more.

“That is where OFR steps in,” said Still, “Peggy and her staff sometimes take a first phone call for help in the morning, and then the money that is needed to solve the emergency is sent on its way that afternoon, or the next morning. There is, of course, some paperwork involved, but is only for what is truly needed, and can be expedited when a need might be urgent. Of course, things being what they are right now, there is really not enough of Peggy or her staff or enough money just sitting  there, to take care of everybody, who could use some extra help.“

From the most recent audited financials of OFR, more than 90% of all donations are passed straight through to the troops and their families. “I don’t know of any other organization,” said Still, “that is so effective at delivering emergency and ongoing help, and with the spirit of our great nation, at the same time.”

“Many of the good companies in the world,” continued Still, “have their causes and their charities, and almost all of us chose to remain anonymous, most of the time.”
“But this cause is different, because it is right now so urgent,” he said. “There are so many families, that have so many needs, they are just overwhelming the government resources meant to help them.”

“I am hoping that by going public with what was before an anonymous effort for Global, that we can encourage other companies, whether American or of our allies, to follow suit and pitch in, in this special time of need,” he explained.

“OFR has two main programs,” Still continued, “The Last Mission Project, focused on ‘PTSD-The Battle On and Off the Field”, and then the Military Family Assistance Project, which is about just what it says.“ To learn more about OFR’s programs, see www.OperationFirstResponse.org, and click on the Programs tab.

“For the average working man or woman,” Still explained, “all I would ask is that you try to understand what it is like for these men and women, and not be so worried about being made to feel uncomfortable about identifying with them, and feeling what they feel. We are all in this together, and these are our brothers and sisters.”

“I am hoping,” Still concluded, “that by going public with this, and choosing to not be anonymous this one time, there might be other companies that will join mine, and help support these men and women, and their families, who have sacrificed so much of themselves to preserve the American way of life.”

For more information:
Jim Still
Global Cooling Inc.
Tel: +1- 610-248-9800
[email protected]
www.PreCoolers.net

Publication date: 7/9/2014


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“Jet Precooler Manufacturer donates 0.5% of sales to help wounded soldiers and their families”

“Jet Precooler Manufacturer donates 0.5% of sales to help wounded soldiers and their families”

Global Cooling Inc. announced today, that going forward, 1/2% of all sales, will be donated monthly to Operation First Response (OFR). OFR is a non-profit foundation, that helps wounded American soldiers and their families.

According to Global Cooling founder and president Jim Still, “Peggy Baker and OFR are the most important first line of defence for so many of our men and women who are, believe it or not, just about abandoned, after they return home from the Gulf Wars, with so many battle scars, both physical and emotional.”

He continued, “I can say things that Peggy and the others cannot say, about how these brave men and women, some young, and some not so young, how they are treated, or better yet, just plain ignored, by the powers that be in America today. It is not intentional by any means, it is just how bureaucracy works, but it is nonetheless real.”

Returning soldiers, who enlisted to help America remain free, are almost all affected with “some sort of post traumatic something or other,” according to Still. “They suffer an injury themselves, that prevents them from returning to ‘normal’ life when they return, or they suffer the loss of comrades in arms, and they wonder ‘why was that not me instead of him?’, and they do not want to abandon or forsake their band of brothers in these dessert conflicts, so maybe they re-up one time more  than they should have, and then that is their burden to bear.”

Many of these brave men and women, and their families too, are for a wide range of reasons, denied assistance and support when they return to civilian life, and many face foreclosure on their homes, and loss of cars and trucks and more.

“That is where OFR steps in,” said Still, “Peggy and her staff sometimes take a first phone call for help in the morning, and then the money that is needed to solve the emergency is sent on its way that afternoon, or the next morning. There is, of course, some paperwork involved, but is only for what is truly needed, and can be expedited when a need might be urgent. Of course, things being what they are right now, there is really not enough of Peggy or her staff or enough money just sitting  there, to take care of everybody, who could use some extra help.“

From the most recent audited financials of OFR, more than 90% of all donations are passed straight through to the troops and their families. “I don’t know of any other organization,” said Still, “that is so effective at delivering emergency and ongoing help, and with the spirit of our great nation, at the same time.”

“Many of the good companies in the world,” continued Still, “have their causes and their charities, and almost all of us chose to remain anonymous, most of the time.”
“But this cause is different, because it is right now so urgent,” he said. “There are so many families, that have so many needs, they are just overwhelming the government resources meant to help them.”

“I am hoping that by going public with what was before an anonymous effort for Global, that we can encourage other companies, whether American or of our allies, to follow suit and pitch in, in this special time of need,” he explained.

“OFR has two main programs,” Still continued, “The Last Mission Project, focused on ‘PTSD-The Battle On and Off the Field”, and then the Military Family Assistance Project, which is about just what it says.“ To learn more about OFR’s programs, see www.OperationFirstResponse.org, and click on the Programs tab.

“For the average working man or woman,” Still explained, “all I would ask is that you try to understand what it is like for these men and women, and not be so worried about being made to feel uncomfortable about identifying with them, and feeling what they feel. We are all in this together, and these are our brothers and sisters.”

“I am hoping,” Still concluded, “that by going public with this, and choosing to not be anonymous this one time, there might be other companies that will join mine, and help support these men and women, and their families, who have sacrificed so much of themselves to preserve the American way of life.”

For more information:
Jim Still
Global Cooling Inc.
Tel: +1- 610-248-9800
[email protected]
www.PreCoolers.net

Publication date: 7/9/2014


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Thieving chimps changing the way African farmers feed their families

Light-fingered chimpanzees are changing the way subsistence farmers make a living in Africa by causing them to grow different crops and spend more time guarding their goods. This is according to work performed by researchers from Trinity College Dublin’s School of Geography, who say that communities near the edge of tropical forests are experiencing a lack of ‘dietary diversity’ and an increased exposure to disease-carrying insects as a result.

Through crop raiding, a form of human-wildlife conflict, hundreds of thousands of marginalized farmers are losing edible crops to damage from these troublesome animals each year. Farmers are reducing their cultivation of maize, beans and other staples, which are highly prized by raiding species. In addition, by guarding their existing crops during the night, farmers are increasingly exposed to malaria carried by mosquitos and soil-based worms which cause elephantiasis.

Despite the positive actions taken by affected farmers working around the Gishwati Forest fragment in western Rwanda, the shifts in farming practice are having a cumulative, negative effect on their communities. The damage might be minor on each occasion, but the losses soon add up, and an increased risk of disease is a major problem.

“Unsurprisingly, non-human primates are quite fond of the food crops we grow! The chimps are basically imposing a ‘natural tax’ on farmers growing crops near the nutrient-rich soils of the forest,” said Shane McGuinness, lead author on the research and PhD student in Geography at Trinity, who conducted the interview-based study with the help of the Great Apes Trust and local conservation workers.

Although their numbers are small in this forest, chimpanzees are an internationally protected species and have the potential to generate substantial amounts of tourism-driven revenue. Sylvain Nyandwi of the Great Apes Trust of Iowa (the organisation currently charged with conserving the forest), said that 19 chimps had been identified but there were likely to be more elusive thieves out there that had yet to be accounted for.

Actions to reduce the impact of the chimps must be carefully measured to balance the conservation of the important habitat in which they live, while protecting the lives and livelihoods of local people. Farmers changed the crops they were growing to reduce the risk of crop raiding without needing to be prompted by conservation organisations.

McGuinness added: “This is a great, positive step towards proper, community-led conservation. Using local knowledge and appropriate scientific know-how to solve these human-wildlife conflicts is imperative to implementing lasting and robust conflict mitigation.”

Work is now being finalized on a much larger project around the Volcanoes National Park in northern Rwanda, made famousby the film Gorillas in the Mist, where McGuinness is assessing the impacts of mountain gorilla, buffalo and golden monkey on the conservation of this park and the development of surrounding human communities.

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An Earth Day Suggestion to Protect our Planet, Farmworkers and Families

(This was published April 22, 2014, on The Hill’s Congress blog and is reposted here with permission of the author.)

Each Earth Day, we are inundated by advertising and other pronouncements with ways to help protect our planet. But one step – curbing the use of toxic and harmful pesticides in agriculture – would help protect the environment, farmworkers and our families.

The dangers that pesticides present to the environment are well-documented and widely discussed. Outrage and concern have grown over the depletion of bee populations due to pesticide spray. In big agribusiness states such as Florida and California, the chemicals endanger dozens of fish and bird species.

But the careless use of these toxic chemicals such as chlorpyrifos and phosmet also has dangerous effects on our food system – for both farmworkers and consumers.

Pesticide exposure causes farmworkers to suffer more chemical-related injuries and illnesses than any other workforce in the country, including manufacturing. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that as many as 20,000 workers are affected annually. The real number is likely much higher, as many workers have no access to medical attention.

Many farmworkers don’t receive adequate training about pesticide hazards, so they might not even realize their symptoms are due to pesticide exposure. And farmworkers who lack legal work authorization – the majority are undocumented immigrants – are less likely to report violations of workplace safety for fear of losing their jobs or being deported.

Consequences of pesticide exposure range from stinging eyes, rashes and blisters to blindness, nausea, dizziness, headaches, coma and even death. Infertility, neurological disorders and cancer are also common. Farmworkers’ family members sometimes are similarly affected. Pesticide exposure is credited with causing birth defects, developmental delays, leukemia and brain cancer among farmworker children. Many of these children also attend schools and live in homes that are dangerously close to fields using these chemicals.

The dangers don’t stop in the fields. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found disturbing levels of pesticide exposure in consumers. In their 2013 study, 93 percent of all Americans tested were rated positive for metabolites of chlorpyrifos, banned in households due to the danger posed to children, yet still permitted for agricultural use. In the same study, 99 percent tested positive for DDT degradants, a pesticide that has not been used in nearly 40 years, primarily because of its well-known harms.

As we look for solutions to environmental dangers this Earth Day, it is clear that progress toward curbing the risks of pesticides is achievable. For example, EPA is currently considering changes to the Worker Protection Standard, the federal regulation designed to protect farmworkers from risks such as pesticide exposure.

Our planet and the nation’s farmworkers deserve to be protected from the deadly nature of pesticides. All consumers deserve to know what is in their food and whether it is safe.

To learn more about the harmful effects of pesticides, read Exposed and Ignored: How Pesticides are Endangering Our Nation’s Farmworkers or visit www.farmworkerjustice.org.

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Families in WIC Nutrition Program to Get More Fresh Fruits, Veggies

Families enrolled in the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) nutrition program will be able to get more fresh fruits and vegetables beginning next month, thanks to changes in the program’s “food packages,” which are outlined in a recently published USDA final rule.

Under the revisions, the cash value of the fruit and vegetable vouchers for children in the program will rise from $ 6 to $ 8 per month.

The final rule also allows WIC mothers to receive a voucher for fresh fruits and vegetables instead of jars of baby food for the older babies. In addition, WIC families can add cash to their fruit and vegetable vouchers at the check-out stand to maximize their purchases.

The changes will also allow yogurt as a partial substitute for milk and more whole-grain and fish options for women and children.

Often described as the nation’s premier public-health nutrition program, WIC (the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children) is celebrating its 40th year. Throughout those four decades, it has succeeded in improving the health of low-income families through nutrition and education. Participants in the program are pregnant women, new mothers, infants and children up to the age of five.

The recent revisions to the food packages are based, for the most part, on recommendations made by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies.

Attesting to the program’s widespread adoption by families, half of the infants in the U.S. are enrolled in WIC, according to USDA.

Through WIC, participating families receive “monthly food packages” geared toward good health, growth and development. The foods are chosen based on USDA’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans and established dietary recommendations for infants and children up to five years of age.

The food packages are actually checks made out for specific food items (not for cash). Participants can go to participating stores and use the checks to “buy” those items.

In selecting foods for the WIC program, key nutrients such as Vitamins A, B, C, D and E, iron, zinc, calcium and fiber are an essential part of the equation. Among the foods the families receive are low-fat milk, whole-grain bread and cereals, tuna, salmon, beans, eggs, peanut butter, soy-based beverages, tofu and fresh produce.

In addition to healthy food, WIC provides nutrition education and services, breast-feeding promotion and education, and access to maternal, prenatal and pediatric health-care services.

The National WIC Association describes it as a “short-term intervention program designed to influence lifetime nutrition and health behaviors in a targeted high-risk population.”

WIC and Food Safety

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently recognized WIC for playing a role in decreasing childhood obesity by 43 percent among two- to five-year-olds. WIC first added fresh fruits and vegetables to its “food packages” in 1992, and that change was followed by improved dietary intake and the reduction of obesity among WIC children, according to the National WIC Association.

Wende Dolstad, a registered dietician and WIC manager in Skagit County, WA, told Food Safety News this is an especially positive outcome because children who are overweight as preschoolers are more likely to be overweight as teenagers or adults.

Considering the dire health problems associated with obesity — diabetes and heart problems, for example — Dolstad said that eating unhealthy foods could be viewed as a food-safety concern because, in the long term, it can make people sick. In contrast, eating nutritious foods is a good example of food safety because it can help prevent serious health problems.

She said the reason fresh vegetables and fruits are so healthy is that, besides the vitamins and other nutrients they contain, they also add fiber to the diet. Fiber is important because it helps maintain a healthy weight and lowers the risk of diabetes and heart disease.

White potatoes were not included in USDA’s recent revisions, in part because children are already eating enough potatoes. And Dolstad said while potatoes contain nutrients, they don’t contain enough of the targeted nutrients.

Who’s Eligible?

To be eligible for WIC, participants must have an income level at or below 185 percent of the poverty level or be on Medicaid. For a family of four, that would be $ 43,568 annually, according to guidelines effective July, 1, 2013, to June, 30, 2014.

A look at the numbers reveals that 73 percent of WIC participants reside in families with incomes below the poverty level. (For a family of four, the poverty level is $ 23,550 annually.) According to 2012 data, the average annual income of a participant was $ 16,842. The majority of WIC families have income from wages. WIC also serves military families.

Handouts from the recent National WIC Association show that, in fiscal year 2013, 8.7 million people participated in the program each month through 10,000 clinics nationwide. Of those, 2 million were infants and 4.6 million were children up to the age of five. (Once children reach their fifth birthday, they are no longer eligible to be in the program.)

This represents a 3-percent decrease from the previous year and the largest one-year decrease since the program began in 1974. According to USDA, it reflects the continued decrease in U.S. births, which began in 2008. Fiscal 2013 spending for the program came to $ 6.4 million — a 6-percent decrease from the previous fiscal year.

Even so, that’s an astounding increase in participation from 1974, the first year WIC was permanently authorized, when 88,000 people took part. By 1980, participation had increased to 1.9 million; by 1990, 4.5 million; by 2000, 7.2 million, and, by 2010, 9.2 million.

WIC’s Successes

  • WIC nutrition education leads to an increased consumption of whole grains, fruits and lower-fat milk;
  • WIC children have increased intakes of iron, potassium and fiber;
  • WIC participation helps reduce household food insecurity;
  • Participation in WIC significantly increases the Healthy Eating Index scores for households;
  • WIC interventions can help improve healthful behaviors linked to reducing early childhood overweight;
  • WIC infants are in better health than eligible infants not participating in WIC;
  • WIC children ages one to two have fewer dental-related Medicaid costs compared to children who do not participate in the program.

Changing Goals, Changing Times

Dolstad, who has worked with the program since 1989, said that, in the 1970s, doctors and politicians realized they were seeing a high percentage of malnourished babies and moms. That led to the decision that something needed to be done to improve their diets, and the WIC program was designed to do that.

Originally, the foods given out were directed to what Dolstad described as “blatant problems” associated with malnutrition, so they contained essential nutrients such as iron and Vitamin C. Milk, peanut butter, cheese and beans were among the foods the participating families received. In time, vouchers and checks for specific foods were given out instead.

It wasn’t long before the benefits of the program began to be seen.

“There was a dramatic improvement in the moms and babies in the program,” Dolstad said, pointing out that healthcare costs decreased as well.

Over time, less emphasis was put on malnutrition because the health of moms and babies was improving, thanks to the help they were receiving in obtaining healthy foods.

But, with increasing awareness of rising obesity rates in children, the program has swung over to nutritional goals to help bring those rates down. It also promotes breastfeeding, which Dolstad said has been associated with declining obesity levels.

“Babies get accustomed to taking in the right amount of calories and the right nutrients,” she said.

According to the National WIC Association, breastfed infants also tend to be healthier because they receive antibodies from the breast milk, which protects them against infection.

In 2012, WIC survey data indicated that 67 percent of WIC infants from six months to 13 months old were breastfed. (The program also provides breastfeeding support groups.)

Dolstad told Food Safety News that she had just returned from the National WIC Association conference.

“There was a good degree of optimism,” she said. “The president’s budget came out, and WIC was supported by Democrats and Republicans alike. It’s a program that has proven itself. It has been able to shift to keep up with changing problems. In focusing on healthy and low-fat foods and physical activity, the WIC staff is helping clients shift their thinking about nutrition and health.”

Even so, Dolstad is quick to say that clients tend to need more than WIC. Food stamps and food banks are other important parts of the equation upon which many participants rely.

“The parents have to work hard to get the nutrition their families need,” she said, pointing out that healthy foods are typically more expensive than foods with fewer nutrients, which is why all of these resources are so important.

A Mother’s Voice

“That’s good news,” was the immediate reaction of former WIC mom Jill Bickel when she heard that WIC families would be able to get more fresh fruits and vegetables. “It will be a big help to families.”

Bickel has a 17-year-old son and a five-year-old daughter, both of whom have benefited from WIC.

“It’s how we’ve gotten to eating healthy foods,” she said. “It helps establish life-long eating habits. My son was never sick, and my daughter still eats a lot of the things I make from the recipes in the cookbook I got from WIC. She loves healthy food.”

Bickel especially appreciates the tips in the WIC cookbook such as how to “hide” healthy foods in meals made from the recipes. Another benefit she appreciates is that, because she rode her bike to WIC appointments, the program even provided her with a bike helmet.

When her daughter turned five about a year ago, she was no longer eligible for the program.

“Our food expenses are a lot higher without WIC,” Bickel said. “The hard part now is that a lot of the healthier foods are so expensive. There are some things we have to do without. If we didn’t have the food bank, there’s no way we could survive.”

More information

For more information, you can learn about enrolling in WIC, find questions and answers about WIC food packages, and check out WIC Farmers Market coupons.

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Year of the Horse focuses on families and food, providing good opportunities for produce

January will be a time of celebration as people anticipate Chinese New Year and the coming of the Year of the Horse. People born in horse years are said to be skillful with money, perceptive, cheerful and full of wit. The celebration will begin Jan. 31 and continue for 15 days.

Festivities connected with the holiday are ancient, dating back some 4,000 years to the Shang Dynasty. Today, Chinese New Year is also known as Spring Festival, and it remains China’s most important social and economic holiday. OpenerShotJungle Jim’s International Market in Fairfield, OH, provides its customers with a host of Asian produce items. Consumers are increasingly being exposed to new dishes incorporating Asian produce items when they dine out, and are now bringing that experience into their own kitchens.Families focus on their reunion and hopes for the future. As in ancient times, food plays a pivotal role in today’s celebrations.

In May 2010, the Crop Diversification & Biofuel Research Education Center of the University of Kentucky-College of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service published its report, Marketing Asian Produce. The report quantified emerging trends regarding consumption of Asian produce, showing that commodities have crossed cultural lines and are being increasingly incorporated into at-home meal planning by Asian and non-Asian populations in the United States.

“The increasingly diverse appetites of Caucasian consumers, combined with a larger ethnic Asian population, fueled an explosion in the popularity of ethnic Asian cuisine during the 1990s and into this century,” the report stated. “In the 2000s, American consumers already familiar with Chinese cuisine began exploring Thai, Japanese, Indian and Korean fare, especially when dining out.”

It is not surprising that ethnic restaurants offering quick casual and fusion cuisine became increasingly popular. During 2002, the Food Institute named Asian cuisine as “the next hot concept for the restaurant industry.”

According to the report, the fusion of Asian and Latin cuisine was deemed one of the top 20 food trends in 2010 by Restaurants & Institutions magazine.

While the report stated that Caucasian consumers tend to prefer value-added and processed vegetables, “there are some growing market niches for fresh Asian vegetables.”

The Produce News spoke with four companies that market Asian produce to get their comments and insights about these trends.

Based in Orlando, FL, Spice World is a leading producer of garlic, as well as herbs and spices. Louis Hymel, the company’s director of purchasing and marketing, said Spice World supplies both conventional and organic garlic to retail supermarket chains as well as customers in the foodservice and industrial sectors.

“Garlic fits all international cuisines and in itself can be exciting to cook and eat,” Hymel told The Produce News. “Spice World is completely vertically integrated from field to plate, making us a leader in the garlic industry. We know our customers and their customers. Therefore, we offer garlic in every variety imaginable and convenient to use.”

An array of packaging options, including bulk, fresh in cello or mesh bags, peeled and ready-to-use jarred garlic are available for both conventional and organic garlic.

One of its very popular items, squeeze garlic, was introduced in 2010. The line eventually included both 20-ounce and 9.5-ounce contains for conventional garlic. In 2012, the program was expanded, offering the same ease and convenience for consumers purchasing organic garlic.

“Our value-added garlic items are so much a main ingredient for Asian cooking, especially our squeeze garlic in extra virgin olive oil, which was introduced less than a year ago,” Hymel said.

Hymel added that some of Spice World’s retail partners offer special promotions around Chinese New Year, which increase overall garlic sales.

I Love Produce, located in Kelton, PA, is making a big push with its Asian pear program from China.

“There are only three packers from Shandong Province, China, allowed to ship Singo pears to the United States,” said Jim Provost, an owner of the company. “One of these shippers has formed an exclusive distribution agreement with I Love Produce for our team to market their pears in the United States.”

Provost said a new protocol has been established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to facilitate the import of two pear varieties.

“One is the Singo pear, which is a traditional Korean-style pear,” he said. “It is round in shape, brown-skinned, crunchy and juicy.”

According to Provost, the Singo pear is exactly the same size as the one grown in Korea. “Korean farmers brought the trees from Korea to propagate the variety in China,” he added. “The taste is very good and sweet, with Brix averaging 14.”

The other pear is known as a Golden Pear, and Provost said it is generally favored by Chinese consumers.

I Love Produce just introduced its new three-pack clamshell for Asian pears. “It has three large pears per package, and will retail in the $ 5.99 to $ 6.99 range,” Provost said.

In addition to its Asian pears, I Love Produce sells Japanese sweet potatoes, garlic and ginger.

“January is going to one of the tightest markets on record for Chinese ginger,” he added. “So featuring ginger on ad for Chinese New Year will be tough. China is gapping between old and new crop, with new crop arriving around the last week of January. Brazil is finished, and Central America is winding down.”

Currently, Hawaii is the only shipping area coming into ginger production. “The prices are in the $ 42 to $ 45 per-box range,” Provost said. “The market is going to be very strong for the next month.”

Maurice A. Auerbach, headquartered in Secaucus, NJ, moves all major Asian produce items. The company’s history dates back to World War II when it began moving garlic.

“We cater to what our customers want,” said Bruce Klein, director of marketing. “We procure based on this.”

Consumer interest in Asian produce continues to grow. “These items are almost mainstream,” Klein said.

According to Klein, consumers enjoy dishes they taste in restaurants and are learning how to makes them at home. Consumers are becoming more experimental with items that were previously unfamiliar to them. To illustrate, he said, “Baby bok choy is really showing good movement.”

Christopher Ranch LLC, based in Gilroy, CA, began moving bulk garlic a half-century ago. Today, it grows, packs and ships 70 million pounds of garlic annually. Its product line includes chopped and crushed garlic, whole peeled garlic cloves, elephant garlic, roasted garlic, shallots, pearl onions, boiler onions, cipolline onions, roaster chopped ginger, pesto and sun-dried tomatoes.

Marketing Director Patsy Ross said the company is currently transitioning from fresh Brazilian ginger to Hawaiian ginger.

“Hawaiian ginger shipments began about one month sooner than normal,” she told The Produce News. “Last season, we experienced some crop and weather issues. But we are optimistic that volume will be up this year.”

Ross said Christopher Ranch will work with its retail partners to determine “what kind of product mix makes sense for them” as they prepare for Chinese New Year.

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Meijer celebrates five years of feeding hungry families through Simply Give program

Meijer will double match every customer’s $ 10 Simply Give donation made Nov. 15-16 to celebrate five years of feeding hungry families through its program that aims to restock the shelves of food pantries in the communities it serves.

5yr“This holiday season marks a milestone for the Simply Give program,” Co-Chairman Doug Meijer said. “We’ve been feeding hungry families in the communities we serve for five years, thanks to the continued support and generosity of our customers, team members and pantry partners. We are pleased this program has helped fill a void by providing 39 million meals to our hungry neighbors.”

The Grand Rapids, MI-based retailer began its Simply Give program in November 2008 as a way to help local food pantries throughout the Midwest achieve their missions of feeding hungry families.

Since then, the program has generated more than $ 6.5 million, which equals 39 million meals for those partners to distribute to hungry families. And, more importantly, those meals stay local, said Janet Emerson, executive vice president of retail operations for Meijer.

“We know how important it is to our customers that their generous donations remain in their local communities,” Emerson said. “That’s why each of our stores partner with a local food pantry during the Simply Give campaign.”

“Hunger is a problem that continues to increase in all of our communities,” Meijer said. “The Simply Give program gives everyone a chance to work toward ensuring no one has to go to bed hungry.”

During each Simply Give campaign, customers are encouraged to purchase $ 10 Meijer Food Pantry Donation Cards that are then converted into Meijer food-only gift cards and given to the food pantry selected by the store. The Simply Give program runs three times a year; the holiday campaign will run through Jan. 4.

Simply Give Double Match Days held Nov. 15-16 will stretch those donations even further: For every $ 10 donation card purchase, Meijer will give $ 20 to the program, resulting in a total $ 30 donation. 

Customers can find the donation cards on fixtures near the checkout; they will also be near the Meijer Taste of the Holidays in-store sampling stations Nov. 16. The sampling events, which are held at each Meijer store, will feature a variety of Thanksgiving menu items.

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Food Lion donates $500,000 to support families affected by government shutdown

In response to North Carolina’s announcement that it will temporarily suspend benefits under the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children Program because of the federal government shutdown, Food Lion made a $ 500,000 donation to food banks across the state to support citizens who need food assistance to feed their families.

“Food Lion is pleased to take a leading role across the state in providing critical funding to North Carolina food banks that will begin to receive increased requests in the coming weeks,” Beth Newlands Campbell, president of Food Lion, said in a press release. “In North Carolina, one in four children face hunger each day, and parents are forced to make difficult decisions, like buying formula or paying rent, to provide their children with the nutrition they need. We’re hopeful that today’s donation helps families to make fewer of those tough choices, particularly during this time.”

The gift cards, which are in $ 5 increments, will be distributed to food banks in Asheville, Charlotte, Elizabeth City, Fayetteville, Raleigh and Winston-Salem that serve counties throughout the state.

“On behalf of the seven food banks in North Carolina, we are overwhelmed with the generosity of Food Lion’s donation,” said Kay Carter, executive director of Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina and board chair of the North Carolina Association of Feeding America Food Banks. “We are grateful for this donation, which comes at a critical time as we struggle to find ways to bridge the gap of hunger and continue putting food on the table for the families we serve.”

Food Lion works to end hunger and food insecurity in the communities it serves, the company stated in a press release.

Food Lion gift cards will arrive at the food banks over the next two days. Food banks will distribute them to partner agencies and constituents in the next several weeks, or purchase critical food needed for the food bank. The gift cards can be used in any Food Lion store. Gift cards cannot be redeemed for purchases of alcohol or cigarettes.

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