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The wonderful reason this program’s bringing food stamps to the farmers market.

October 14, 2018

Whether you are a foodie, a chef, a food stamp recipient, or all of the above, if you live in Oakland, California, you might be shopping at Freedom Farmers’ Market. That might come across as an unusual mix of people if you’re new to the farmers market scene, but it’s actually becoming the norm. Over […]

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You may think you know what food insecurity looks like, but you haven’t met this family.

October 9, 2018

Jillian Hollingsworth paid a steep price to stay home while her children were young. With no maternity leave plan at her job in South Carolina and the high cost of daycare, she had quit to stay home to take care of her babies. But, that job had provided health insurance for her whole family, so […]

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It’s time to rethink how we view families on food stamps. These programs show why.

September 27, 2018

Unlimited fruits and veggies, breakfast, and after-school supper. These Vermont schools serve it all — for free. No matter what, all students in Burlington, Vermont, get breakfast, even in the hallway if they’re running late to class. They can load up on as many fresh, locally sourced fruits and vegetables as they want. In other […]

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The awesome reason you may already be seeing girls in Cub Scout uniforms.

September 27, 2018

If you think girls wouldn’t want to be part of the Cub Scouts, you probably aren’t aware of all the fun stuff they get to do. “You get to go to parks, you get to ride your bike, you get to pet a bug,” exclaims one young girl about why she loves being a Cub […]

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This mom left an abusive relationship and fell into poverty. Here’s how she got out.

September 22, 2018

Almost 10 years ago, Stephanie Land and her baby daughter Mia had no choice but to check into a homeless shelter. Stephanie was fleeing an abusive relationship. She had no family to turn to, and she couldn’t afford a place of her own. For the next three months, she and Mia lived in the Port […]

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This woman was struggling to find fresh food. She never expected this solution.

September 1, 2018

How do you get healthy food on the table when you can’t find any? This is a question that Ortilia Lujan Flores had grappled with many times before. She wanted affordable, nutritious food, but lived in a neighborhood that didn’t have an accessible grocery store. Flores couldn’t drive, which limited the few food options she […]

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He woke from a coma to find his life had changed. That tragedy would become his calling.

July 25, 2018

Your entire life can change on a dime. For Dave Riley, the culprit was much smaller than that. As a search-and-rescue swimmer in the Coast Guard, Riley knew there were risks involved in his profession. But it wasn’t a dangerous rescue that led to tragedy. In fact, the risk was completely invisible to the eye. […]

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Finland proved baby boxes keep babies alive. Here’s how they’ll work in India.

June 27, 2018

New parents everywhere know the first rule of parenting is keep your baby alive. Unfortunately, there are many factors that can make this a challenge. That first year of life is the hardest because it’s when babies are the most vulnerable. Couple that with a low socio-economic status, and this fundamental task may start to […]

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This basic food could fight pediatric pneumonia and malnutrition at the same time.

June 21, 2018

You know what’s never fun? Having to take bad-tasting medication — especially if you’re a kid. When I was little, I had to eat these tiny bitter pellets for my asthma because I wasn’t old enough to use an inhaler. My parents called them sprinkles and put them on ice cream to try and trick […]

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How uncovering the history of her hometown helped this mom find her activist voice.

June 18, 2018

15 years ago, Hilda Villegas’ family was counting on her: She needed to find both work and child care, and it couldn’t wait. Hilda was a single mom with two daughters — the oldest was 4 and the youngest only 3 months old. Their father wasn’t providing the support they needed, so Hilda had to […]

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