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    New cooking classes, student gardens at Sacramento elementary school aim to address food insecurity

    Some of the school supplies in the Floyd Farms classroom look a little different than notebooks, pencils and paper. Instead, students at the new cooking school, located at Leataata Floyd Elementary just south of Broadway and Front Street, work with produce, spices, kitchen supplies and aprons. Floyd Farms, run by the Food Literacy Center, will host cooking classes and house student gardens when it opens next spring. The center aims to prevent diet-related diseases through teaching food-insecure children to cook and develop healthy eating habits. The Sacramento City Unified School District gave the center’s founder, Amber Stott, the metaphorical  

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    ‘Peach Market’ hopes to address Jackson’s ‘food desert’ downtown, owner says

    JACKSON, MI — It’s taken nearly six years of research, grant proposals and renovations, but Andrew Kokas hopes to finally open an urban grocery store in downtown Jackson this year, addressing a “food desert” at the center of the city. “Peach Market,” a 7,000-square-foot grocery with fresh produce, a coffee and liquor bar, deli, prepared foods and more intends to open at the end of spring 2021, said Kokas, who owns and is developing the former Evanoff’s Food and Cocktails building with his wife, Yizhuo “Olivia” Liang. The market specifically aims to bring healthy whole food and produce to the  

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    Fund created to address food insecurity in Madison

    MADISON (WKOW) — Madison city leaders have created a new fund to address food insecurity. The Healthy Community Food Systems Fund, which will be available in 2021, reallocates an existing $268,000 to support initiatives related to food access. $150,000 would go toward competitive food access grants and $18,000 would be set aside for regional food systems planning. “It’s a drop in the bucket for what is needed,” said Food Policy Director George Reistad. “But its a step we can take at the local level to try to spur action to show that we are aware of the issues, to show  

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    Bay Area organizations make changes to address food and nutrition insecurity in the ‘next normal’

    “[W]e are the first responders right now and the essential workers, so people are really depending on us,” said Drene Johnson, the executive director at Community Action of Napa Valley. The coronavirus pandemic has put a strain on all kinds of vital resources, particularly food supplies, in the Bay Area. Community Action of Napa Valley is one of many organizations aiming to help those in need via several food-centric services. To meet the growing need, organizations throughout the Bay Area and Stanford have stepped up. Managing food and produce has been a core aspect of the Stanford community’s volunteering efforts.  

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