Funding for The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program

At the beginning of the month, Secretary Ed Schafer announced that there will be $49 million will be given to elementary schools for fresh fruits and vegetables. The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program will reach schools in all 50 states and also in the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Schafer […]

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Grassroots recipe #6: One chicken, three meals

What could be more economical than using one chicken for three meals? Just Harvest AA Heather Seiders contributed this trio of recipes. Most of the ingredients are used in two or more of these recipes, making it the perfect week meal plan for a budget. Chicken prices go up and down regularly, so be sure […]

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Crossing the Poverty Line

Crossing the Poverty Line: A Poverty Simulation was a huge success with over 75 attendees, including volunteers, staff from The Department of Public Welfare, other social service organizations, local and state elected officials. Many thanks to Rick Claypool, our AmeriCorps*VISTA volunteer and countless others who made this event possible. In Pittsburgh alone, there are more […]

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Obama on food policy, plus chili recipe

In this article, writer and chef Ari LeVaux interviewed Democratic candidate Barack Obama on food policy issues for The North Coast Journal (Clinton and McCain have not yet responded to LeVaux’s interview requests). And his chili recipe sounds passable (non-vegetarian, but still likely to be inferior to Nic’s recipe below). Highlights include: As president, I […]

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A letter to the editor

Published on Thursday, May 29 with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Letters to the Editor on the Web. You can find the letter we’re responding to right here. Everyone deserves foodI was appalled by the ignorance of the May 22 Web letter “Government Spending I Don’t Like.” As an AmeriCorps•VISTA member, I am proudly serving our country […]

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Grassroots recipe #5

Just in case you were concerned by the exclusion of meat from the recipes so far, Nic Romano offers a taste of the southern cuisine he picked up in the Navy years ago: “While my last contribution was vegan friendly, and I don’t want anyone to get the false impression that I endorse that kind […]

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Thoughts on the Economic Stimulus Tax Rebate

By Ken Regal, Co-Director of Just Harvest Many of us have just received or will soon be receiving a “tax rebate” check from the federal government as a part of the Economic Stimulus bill passed by Congress and signed by President Bush earlier this year. My question is why do we so readily accept the […]

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Grassroots recipe #4

Young psychologist Christine Cinquino-Larson offered this simple Italian meal: Vienna Cinquino’s Pasta and Peas ingredients: 1 can of tomatoes (Italian Style-l lb 12 oz. approx.)about 1 oz. olive oil2 cloves of garlic1/4 green bell pepper (or 1/2 if prefer)Small can of peas(15 oz. approx.–use less if prefer)1/4 to 1/2 lb of elbow macaroni Peel garlic […]

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