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Grassroots recipe #2: Fat Nic’s Vegan Friendly Beans

From Nic Romano, a social worker friend and guitar hero fan from Baltimore: Fat Nic’s Vegan Friendly Beans & (rice, cornbread, whatever…) Here’s a good cheap recipe that always serves me well. It’s cheap, simple, and very adaptable to anyone’s tastes. Fresh herbs and veggies really make it good, but a little goes a long […]

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food crisis and free markets

Scary. Transnational corporate agribusiness has managed to create a global food crisis. Readers of Naomi Klein’s Shock Doctrine will be unsurprised at how Cargill, Monsanto, etc. are profiting from the crisis (not unlike how oil companies are reaping windfall profits) — thus offering little financial incentive to stave of the “social uprisings” that rightly make […]

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Grassroots recipe #1

Child nutrition advocate DeShauna Ponton was kind enough to share this delicious summertime combination of fresh vegetables and pasta. Zucchini Spaghetti 1 large zucchini (cut into 1/2-1 inch pieces)2-3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil1 large onion, diced1 chopped green pepper1 box angel hair pasta1 can stewed or diced tomatoes, drained (save juice)1 1/2 Tablespoons chopped […]

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Grassroots cooking

With a national economic woes, a global food crisis pushing prices higher and higher, and apparently never-ending foot-dragging on the farm bill, it’s not hard to feel anxious about the future of food in our communities. But daily meals continue bringing people together. Nothing like sharing meals and sharing recipes bridges generations and cultures — […]

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Our tenacious Congressional Hunger Fellow, Corey Yarbrough, produced this video on issues surrounding the National Food Stamp Program in Allegheny County. It features interviews with food stamp consumers and advocates, and dispells many myths about the program. Yarbrough is currently completing his Hunger Fellowship in Washington, D.C., where he will screen the video at FRAC […]

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Food Stamps make a Difference

Did you know that only about two thirds of Allegheny County residents who are eligible for food stamps actually receive them? Since August, Just Harvest has been working on our Food Stamps Make a Difference Campaign in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare to increase participation in the National Food Stamp Program. With […]

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$600K and Counting!

Last week, refunds received by Just Harvest’s clients hit the $600,000 mark! This is a tremendous benefit to Allegheny County’s low- and moderate-income workers, and a terrific economic boost to the Pittsburgh area! Thanks again to all our hard-working tax preparers and volunteers. On Monday, Feb. 11, we’ll finally be able to begin submitting returns […]

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Tax Time!

Just Harvest kicked off our sixth season of doing free tax preparation for low-income workers with a bang! Our office is bustling with a dozen tax preparers and numerous clients taking advantage of our services. Despite the aggressive “quick refund” ad campaigns by Jackson Hewitt, H&R Block, and other paid preparers, we’re meeting more new […]

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