Roger Gordon (left) is offered a box of bananas from a worker who was throwing away the lightly speckled fruit at Mexican Fruits in Washington, D.C. Gordon's startup, Food Cowboy, works with truckers to divert edible produce from landfills to fo
(Serri Graslie/NPR)
October 29, 2013

Startups Try To Reroute Food Waste To The Hungry

In an alley in Northeast Washington, D.C., hundreds of pounds of produce are piled haphazardly on pallets. Mexican Fruits, a discount grocer, can't sell the fruit and vegetables inside these boxes because the food has gone soft or is lightly bruised. Some will be donated, but most boxes are destined for a large, green Dumpster nearby.


Greater Chicago Food Depository
(Paul Beaty/AP)
October 28, 2013

Pantries, Shelters Feeling Pinch Of Food Stamp Cut

Food pantries and homeless shelters say they are beginning to notice repercussions of a reduction in food stamps that will take effect Friday, Nov. 1. A temporary hike in benefits that kicked in during the recession expires this week. 


Barack Obama
(Evan Vucci/AP)
October 21, 2013

Obama: Health Care Site Is Troubled; Affordable Care Act Is Not

The website that's meant to allow Americans to shop and sign up for new medical plans under the Affordable Care Act isn't working as well as it should, President Obama says. But he promised that the problems will be fixed — and he said the Affordable Care Act is bringing many benefits that aren't tied to those problems.


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