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As coffee prices skyrocket, local coffee shops struggle with financial burden

WASHINGTON, Ill. (WMBD) — Coffee lovers are in for a rude awakening as coffee prices are on the rise. “Coffee is, on the world market, it’s the second-largest commodity. It’s traded next to petroleum,” said Yvonne Andresen. Andresen is the owner of The Blend in Washington. She said she first noticed a spike in prices back in April 2021. “It soared to a five-year high,” Andresen said. The hike in prices has plenty of causes. The market is primarily controlled by Brazil, responsible for 30% of global coffee exports. Brazil experienced a severe drought, the “worst dry spell in 91…
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Capito, Manchin Announce $704k to Support Local Farmers, Encourage Healthy Food Purchases among Snap Participants

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $650,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to the West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition for the West Virginia Lettuce Support SNAP Stretch project. This funding is allocated through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 and will work to incentivize and increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables among families participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The project also supports both local West Virginia farmers and families by allowing their SNAP dollars to go further…
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Lone fast-food employee receives hundreds in tips from local strangers

ST. LOUIS– A local mother and Jimmy Johns employee has received about $800 in tips from strangers after an encounter with a customer earlier this week. A customer, who is the admin of the Facebook group Date Ideas & Things to do in STL , got exceptional service from an employee who was filling orders by herself due to staffing shortages. Top story: Contact 2 investigates alleged housing discrimination in Chesterfield The customer encouraged other members of the Facebook group to send the employee, Candace Stroder, tips for her hard work as part of a tip challenge. The customer said…
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GROW San Mateo and Samaritan House Food Pharmacy provide healthy food | Local News

GROW San Mateo formed as a collective project to provide free healthy food to promote a healthier lifestyle and educate people on the importance of fresh produce.Bill Schildknecht started the GROW San Mateo project in March of 2019 for a collection of local gardeners grow and donate fresh produce. He learned about the Samaritan House Food Pharmacy that summer, which is a part of the organization’s free medical clinic, and began a partnership. In the spring of this year, it started to host a table at the two food pharmacy clinics in San Mateo and Redwood City.“I think what we’ve…
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Local Knoxville coffee shops from Honeybee to K Brew: Your guide

While you can certainly get some tasty drinks at major coffee chains, you won't find that special, local touch that can upgrade your coffee drinking experience.Knoxvillians love their coffee and this city is full of local options.After four days of talking to baristas, feeling out shop vibes and drinking more caffeine than we're willing to admit, Knox News presents a guide to your local coffee scene. Near UT's campusThe Golden RoastThe first stop on our coffee tour was The Golden Roast. Right off of University of Tennessee campus, The Golden Roast has been serving professors and students since 1994.It roasts all of its coffee…
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CHA increases healthy food access through daycare take-home meal program | Local News

The Walmart Foundation is providing funding for the GoGo Bags program. Cabarrus Health Alliance From Staff Reports KANNAPOLIS — Cabarrus Health Alliance (CHA), Cabarrus County’s public health authority, has launched a healthy, affordable take-home meals program at three local daycare centers through a grant from the Walmart Foundation.Busy, working parents face decision-fatigue at the end of the day and can lack the energy to think through healthy meal planning and preparation; instead, they may resort to cheap and convenient options like fast food. With funding from the Walmart Foundation, CHA, in partnership with the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC),…
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Local School District Receives Federal Grant To Promote Healthy Food Access

Graham Local School District in Saint Paris has built raised vegetable beds, a greenhouse and a coop for about a dozen chickens and ducks. During the school year, kids help out in the garden and learn about food.The district is one of eight schools and nonprofits in Ohio to receive the USDA Farms to School Grant. The grant is part of a nationwide effort to help improve access to locally sourced foods and food education.In 2021 the USDA awarded $12 million in grants to over 170 national, state, and local organizations involved in farm to school programs, $600,000 which went…
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