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Feeding America Releases New Findings From Landmark Hunger Report

Feeding America, the nation’s largest provider of charitable food assistance to low-income Americans, today announced additional findings from its landmark report, Hunger in America 2014.

The study is the largest and most comprehensive study of people seeking charitable food assistance in the United States ever conducted.

Among the findings of the study:

  • 40 percent of households report that, in the past year, they have watered down food or drinks to make them last longer, in an effort to have enough food to feed everyone in the home. This rate rises to 45 percent among households with children in the home.
  •  Sixty-nine percent of households report choosing between paying for utilities and paying for food in the past year. Thirty-four percent report making this choice every month. This is a particularly tough choice to make in the midst of harsh, cold winters, especially in homes that include seniors and children.
  • Nearly 5 million households not currently enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) may qualify for the program based on their reported household income.
  • Among the nearly 55 percent of households who receive SNAP benefits, a fifth exhaust their full month’s benefit within a week.
  • Only 5 percent of the households served by Feeding America are homeless.
  • 57 percent of households report choosing between paying their housing costs and buying food in the past year. 27 percent report making this choice every month.
  • Nearly a quarter (24 percent) of agencies served by Feeding America report reductions in services in the past year, totaling 11,000 agencies that have needed to cut they hours they operate, lay off staff, or limit the area they can serve.
  • An estimated 28 percent of feeding programs (such as food pantries and meal programs) report having less food available than needed to meet client needs.

More than 60,000 people confidentially answered questions about their personal circumstances for the study.

The study represents findings from 200 Feeding America food banks, which annually provide more than 3 billion meals to people facing hunger through 58,000 food pantries, kitchens, and meal service programs.

Initial findings released in August reported that, at some point in the year, more than 46 million people are currently relying on food assistance from an agency served by Feeding America, including 12 million children and 7 million seniors.

Party in a Box for a Fabulous Wine and Chocolate Tasting

The new tasting party gift set from Brix includes four varieties of chocolate in 3-ounce boxes: Extra Dark at 70 percent cacao, Medium Dark at 60 percent, Smooth Dark at 54 percent, and Milk Chocolate at 46 percent. The set includes a wooden cutting board and knife to break chocolate into bite size pieces and is packaged in a keepsake box with a special tasting guide.

Each chocolate pairs with different wine varietals or styles. Try Extra Dark with full bodied complex reds like Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux, Barolo or Malbec; taste the Medium Dark with fruitier medium-bodied wines like Merlot, Shiraz, Zinfandel, Chianti, and Rhone; try Smooth Dark with Champagne, Riesling and softer reds as Pinot Noir, or vintage port.  Milk chocolate complements rose, Burgundy, port, sherry and dessert wines. Find pairings suggestions on all Brix packaging.

When Brix owners met up with Philip Goodband, Master of Wine, one of 300 of the highest level wine experts in the world, he tasted something very special in the pairings.

“It is the degree of bitterness combined with the other ingredients that is the key,” Goodband said. “Brix has a different set of textures, something in the formula that I’m not privy to but whatever it is, it works.” Goodband helped Brix to write the tasting guide in the gift set. An ideal gift for the wine enthusiast, the tasting set is available at gourmet retailers, wineries or at the Brix Online Store.

Brix is crafted from the finest single origin cacao beans from Ghana known for red fruit tones. Blended with the best confectionery chocolate, it’s the perfect companion to wine.  Brix is also available in 8-ounce bars, 3-ounce bars, or single-serve bites packages.  Created by Dr. Nick Proia in 2008, Brix is distributed in the US, and 14 other countries.

Doxy’s Pasta Sauce Herbs Turned Canned Tomatoes into Sauce

For an effortless way to add zest to food, Doxy’s Fine Foods , a brand of artisanal seasoning blends, announces the launch of its newest product: Doxy’s™ Pasta Sauce Herbs. The Pasta Sauce Herbs mix, made of sweet garlic and natural spices, is the perfect addition to Italian-style home meals, without added preservatives or excessive sodium.

“Knowing Americans have limited time in the kitchen, I developed our blends to make meal preparation easy, delicious and fun,” says Nina Faull, Founder and CEO of Doxy’s Fine Foods. “Doxy’s Pasta Sauce Herbs is so versatile, and provides a feeling of la bella vita to weekday, home-cooked meals.”

All of Doxy’s seasonings boast gluten-free, fat-free, and no-added MSG natural goodness to meet another demand among Americans: health. With Doxy’s Pasta Sauce Herbs mix, Americans can add flavor to their meals without sacrificing health. Available on Doxy’s website for just $3.50, a package of Pasta Sauce Herbs takes quick home-cooking to the next level. Enhance simple canned tomatoes with a packet of all-natural Doxy’s Herbs to create an impactful, healthy dish. Mixed with extra virgin and olive oil for an herb vinaigrette, or dusted atop buttered baguettes, Doxy’s Pasta Sauce Herbs offer a new twist to a typical standby meal.

National Geographic Announces Multiyear Initiative Focusing on Food

The National Geographic Society is engaging in a multiyear commitment to exploring issues relating to food security and sustainable food systems. The initiative grows out of an eight-month National Geographic magazine series looking at how to feed a growing world population and will touch all platforms of the nonprofit Society, including media and educational outreach. To mark this commitment, the Society is publishing a free iPad app, collecting all currently published stories from the magazine’s food coverage. A short companion video, “Food by the Numbers,” and a world diet interactive will be published online at natgeofood.com.

“We conceived of the magazine series, which launched in May 2014, as an ongoing dialogue with our print and digital audiences, designed to offer context and deeper understanding of challenges and solutions to feeding the world’s population,” said Gary E. Knell, President and CEO of the National Geographic Society. “The topic of food is relevant to all of us, and it quickly became apparent that we could have the most impact if we organized our efforts to span several years, allowing us to make investments in developing deeper layers of storytelling and engagement around the issues.”

The Future of Food iPad app features in-depth coverage from National Geographic’s magazine series, using rich storytelling, photography, video, and interactive maps and graphics to provide a multifaceted perspective on how we can feed our burgeoning population. At natgeofood.com, a short motion graphic video called “Food by the Numbers” lays out solutions to feeding the world’s population, and an interactive world diet calculator shows 40 years of food consumption changes in 22 countries. All are now available.

Additionally this fall, the Society has produced a six-hour television series, “EAT: The Story of Food,” which will premiere over three nights, Nov. 21-23, at 9 p.m. ET/PT, on the National Geographic Channel, to be followed by the DVD release on Dec. 16 via shop.nationalgeographic.com; and the National Geographic Museum will host “FOOD: Our Global Kitchen,” a traveling exhibition from the American Museum of Natural History, New York, beginning Oct. 16.  For more coverage of food issues, visit natgeofood.com. To download the app, go to natgeofoodapp.com.

Editorial coverage in 2014 has been bolstered by a collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, which, along with other organizations, provided data for articles and graphics. Together, the Food and Agriculture Organization and National Geographic have participated in joint events to help educate and promote awareness about hunger and nutrition.

The app was made possible through the advertising support of Bayer CropScience, Cargill, Land O’Lakes, Inc. and United Technologies. The diet calculator was supported by a grant from Grace Communications Foundation. The 1772 Foundation, The Christensen Fund and The Rockefeller Foundation contributed grants in support of the magazine series.

National Geographic is a global nonprofit membership organization that believes in the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world. Each year, National Geographic funds more than 300 research, conservation and exploration projects around the globe, and every month it reaches more than 600 million people through a wide range of media, including digital, print and TV. National Geographic’s grantmaking and reporting are supported by subscribers to the magazine and other members of the Society.

Tribe Hummus Pairs Extra Virgin Olive Oil With Exotic Herbs To Create Newest Limited Batch Flavor

Tribe’s new Herb Infused Olive Oil hummus has a bold taste that is both rustic and refined. The brand’s beloved Classic hummus is blended with exotic za’atar, which is a mixture of sumac, sesame seed and herbs frequently used in Mediterranean foods. This distinctive blend is topped with dried roasted garlic, sesame seeds and then drizzled with olive oil that has also been infused with za’atar, the final touches on this complex flavor is that is simply delicious.

Tribe’s Limited Batch Herb Infused Olive Oil is as versatile as it is unique. Perfect for those looking to add flavor without loading on the sodium or fat, it makes for a great spread or dip for all types of breads, replacing every day table olive oil and butter. Additionally, it’s a great accoutrement for all vegetables including a simple crudite platter or roasted vegetables, namely cauliflower, eggplant and zucchini.

“We’ve gained a reputation of continually introducing new and exciting flavors and flavor combinations to hummus lovers, and the addition of za’atar really delivers on that,” said Adam Carr, CEO of Tribe Mediterranean Foods, Inc.  “Once again I think we found a premium partner for our beloved chickpea.”

Herb Infused Olive Oil is the fourth installment in Tribe’s popular Limited Batch series. Its previous flavor, Rosemary Focaccia, which launched this past summer, was so well-received it recently became part of the permanent portfolio, rebranded as Lemon Rosemary Focaccia, joining the ranks of Everything, another former Limited Batch flavor that became part of the Tribe family of flavors back in 2013.

Tribe Limited Batch Herb Infused Olive Oil can be found at fine grocery stores nationwide. The suggested retail price of the eight-ounce bowls will be $3.49.

CideRoad Launches Organic Switchel Beverages

CideRoad LLC, has launched its Organic Switchel beverage in Original, Blueberry, and Cherry flavors.

Switchel is a refreshing beverage that can claim roots to the days of our forefathers, if not earlier, which is why CideRoad refers to it as “America’s Original Thirst Quencher.”

Kevin and Hilary Duffy, the married founders of CideRoad, got the idea to start the company after tasting switchel while literally driving down a side road in an old New England town. All CideRoad Organic Switchel products are certified organic by the USDA and made with only quality ingredients, including: organic Vermont maple syrup, organic apple cider vinegar, and organic ginger juice. CideRoad is currently available at select retail outlets in Northeast region and will soon be available nationwide.

CideRoad has appointed Phillip Tozzi and Associates as its natural food broker from Richmond, Virginia through Maine. Cascadia Managing Brands is assisting with the sales and distribution, and Mint Advertising is the company’s advertising agency.

 

CO YO Expands Distribution of Dairy-Free Yogurt Alternative

CO YO’s dairy-free coconut milk yogurt alternative is newly available nationwide at natural food retailers including Sprouts Farmers Markets, Whole Foods, Bristol Farms, and Metropolitan Markets.  Sourced and packaged in the U.S., CO YO coconut cream yogurt is an all-natural, vegan alternative to dairy yogurt. Every container of CO YO’s natural flavor yogurt alternative is made from the cream of more than one full coconut – the natural flavor is made of 98 percent coconut cream. CO YO’s yogurt alternative is made completely from plant-based cultures, therefore can be enjoyed by vegetarians and vegans alike. Available in two re-sealable containers, 5.3 ounces  and 12 ounces, CO YO provides a convenient on-the-go snack or a supply of multiple servings.

Already popular in Australia and the U.K. and newly produced in New Mexico, CO YO offers nutritious, dairy-free coconut cream in four rich flavors: Natural, Mango, Berry, and Chocolate. Enjoy “Heaven in a Mouthful” with every bite!

 

Glee Gum Introduces the First 100 Percent Natural Gum Pops

Just in time for Halloween, Verve, Inc., the producer of Glee Gum and Make Your Own Candy Kits, debuts the first and only 100 percent natural gum pops—hard candy lollipops with bubblegum centers. The limited release, special edition pack of 10 Glee Gum Pops is a sweet alternative to conventional Halloween treats.

Each pack of Halloween Glee Gum Pops contains a mix of three tasty flavors: Sweet Strawberry, Crisp Green Apple, and Juicy Orange. In contrast to most Halloween candy, which is filled with spooky, synthetic ingredients, Glee Gum Pops are made without artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, or preservatives. Gluten-free, allergy-friendly, and certified kosher, the pops come packaged in recyclable plastic.

“We love that there are options on the market today for customers seeking natural lollipops and natural chewing gum, including our Glee Gum line. But, until now, there hasn’t been an option for a natural gum-filled lollipop,” notes Deborah Schimberg, Founder and President of Verve, Inc. “We’re thrilled to offer the first. We hope that our Halloween Glee Gum Pops turn scores of trick-or-treaters into more natural eaters!”

Americans are expected to spend $2.2 billion on Halloween candy this year, according to the National Retail Federation’s Halloween Consumer Spending Survey. While the vast majority of that candy won’t be natural, treats like Halloween Glee Gum Pops help to pave the way for a healthier, eek-o-friendlier holiday. Halloween Glee Gum Pops are sold in most Whole Foods Markets nationwide and online at GleeGum.com. The suggested retail price is $4.29.

VERVE, INC., maker of Glee Gum, is an independent, certified woman-owned business, dedicated to creating environmentally and socially responsible products. Verve produces Glee Gum, a natural chewing gum sold throughout the U.S. and Canada at stores like Whole Foods and Cost Plus World Market, as well as a line of natural, educational Make Your Own Candy Kits for kids. For more details, visit GleeGum.com.

Gary & Kit’s Napa Valley Rebrands as Clif Family Kitchen

CF Kitchen Fig Preserves copyClif Family has introduced Clif Family Kitchen, a rebranding of a line of specialty food items formerly known as Gary & Kit’s Napa Valley. The line includes nut mixes,  chocolates, preserves, marmalades, chutneys, dukkah, olive oil, vinegar and more.

Gary Erikson and Kit Crawford, co-CEOS of Clif Bar & Company are the husband and wife team behind Clif Family Kitchen. Gary and Kit are longtime Napa Valley residents and many Clif Family Kitchen products are made from fruits and vegetables grown on their CCOF-certified organic farm.

Coco Polo Offers Quality Chocolate Bars With No Added Sugar

Coconut Chia FrontCoco Polo offers healthy, natural, stevia-sweetened chocolates for consumers with a sweet-tooth. The high cocoa content in each bar (70 percent in Dark Chocolate and 39 percent in Milk Chocolate) adds to the rich cocoa taste that consumers savor. With new colorful packaging to pop off shelves, Coco Polo perpetuates chocolate’s popularity with a win-win of taste and health. Coco Polo’s 13 varieties of Dark and Milk chocolate are:

  • 70% Dark
  • 70% Dark Cherry
  • 70% Cocoa Nibs
  • 70% Dark Almond
  • 70% Dark Ginger
  • 70% Dark Mango
  • 70% Dark Toasted Coconut Chia
  • 39% Milk Chocolate
  • 39% Milk Almond
  • 39% Milk Cherry
  • 39% Milk Hazelnut
  • 39% Milk Elderberry
  • 39% Milk Mango

Hazelnut-JPG-CROPPEDCoco Polo’s premium chocolate and stevia formula using all natural ingredients yields an unbeatably luxurious, sugar-free product. The suggested retail price for a 2.5-ounce bar is $4.99.

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