Thank Food Workers This International Food Workers Week

Chester County is among about 20 food banks across the country that have started their own farms to boost healthier eating by the needy, said Domenic Vitiello, a University of Pennsylvania professor who has studied food pantry agricultural operations. Low-income Americans are a demographic often plagued by diet-related ailments such as diabetes and heart disease. Chester County Food Bank opened about five years ago, springing from the ashes of a similar program that relied on nearby Amish farmers. It was started explicitly with the goal of distributing food straight from the field. Canned food that is often donated to food banks because of its long shelf life is typically higher in sodium, which the American Heart Association says may increase risk for heart failure. People with diabetes also are encouraged to limit the sodium in their daily diet to 1,500 mg to help prevent or control high blood pressure, according to Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

Chester County Food Bank agricultural director Bill Shick examines young lettuce plants growing in a hydroponic bed in a greenhouse, where the program grows seedlings, in suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania November 21, 2013. REUTERS/Tom Mihalek

By Zayda Rivera / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Sunday, November 24, 2013, 3:16 PM Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire Giada De Laurentiis gave new meaning to finger licking when she sliced her finger on live TV. Ouch! Food Network star Giada De Laurentiis gave a whole new meaning to slicing on Thanksgiving. The TV chef cut her finger while slicing the turkey she’d just finished cooking on a live broadcast of her holiday special Saturday, reports Radar Online . “She seemed to go pale and got very quiet putting pressure on it and whispering to Ina (Garten) that it was bad,” a witness told the website. “She looked like she was about to faint.” De Laurentiis reportedly left right after the incident to seek medical attention for her injury and returned approximately 15 minutes later to continue with the broadcast, which has not been replayed since it’s original airing. Following the unfortunate slip, she posted an Instagram pic of the stomach-turning proof on her index finger .


You work what they give you. I work 40 hours one week, 20 hours another week. It’s really frustrating — I have to pay rent and pay bills. In addition to working at Wendy’s in the mornings, Charles now works at Applebee’s in the evenings, just to make ends meet. Charles has been involved with the St. Louis Can’t Survive on $7.35 campaign since it began almost a year ago. The campaign is part of the national Low Pay Is Not Ok campaign. He said he decided to join because “the amount of work that I do in one day doesn’t add to what I get paid. When my check comes, it’s never enough. But when these companies are profiting billions of dollars per year, then the taxpayers have to subsidize them [for workers who get food stamps and Medicare] … It’s not fair.” Charles feels empowered to be part of this campaign.


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