Stories tagged: "food insecurity"


Maria Parra Cano of Sana Sana Foods prepares burritos with all-natural ingredients for food packages she sends to food-insecure people in south Phoenix. (Photo by Reyna Preciado/Special for Cronkite News)
Women’s Group Works to Eliminate Food Insecurities in South Phoenix

More than 75% of Maricopa County is considered a food desert, meaning residents are a mile or more away from fresh food. South Phoenix falls into that category.

Angelica “Jelly” Willis-Smith, one of nine fellows of the city’s Urban Agriculture Fellowship Program, harvests garlic from the Project Roots garden in Phoenix on March 25, 2022. “Gardening is like you’re God for a day,” Willis-Smith says. “You get to plant these seeds, you get to cultivate them, you get to decide where they get to go, you get to cultivate and create life.” (Photo by Hope O’Brien/Cronkite News)
Phoenix Fellowship Cultivating the Next Generation of Urban Farmers

The Phoenix Office of Environmental Programs’ Urban Agriculture Fellowship Program places city residents ages 18 to 24 with urban farms to train them.

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Meat Companies Profits Surged by 300% As They Jacked up Prices on Americans

In December, President Biden ordered his administration to investigate the price increases and corporate consolidation in the meat industry.

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Phoenix Residents Got Hammered by Higher Prices While Companies Made Record Profits

A number of companies recorded enormous profits and enriched their shareholders and CEOs to the tune of tens of millions of dollars.

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Hungry Holidays: Break From School Means Break From Meals for Some Kids

Advocates for child nutrition programs have found potential solutions in an unlikely place—the COVID-19 pandemic.

Photo by Jake Hines
Arizona Food Banks Have Seen Demand Skyrocket During the Pandemic. Here’s Where to Go If You Need One.

The Thanksgiving meals distributed by one Valley food bank increased by nearly 400% from last year. Gerri Powers sat in her car in the parking lot outside the Mesa Convention Center on Friday morning, waiting as United Food Bank volunteers handed out food at its weekly drive-thru distribution. It’s the sixth or seventh time Powers...

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Food Banks Receive Government Assistance to Fill Bellies During the Holidays

Arizona has given food banks $1.6 million, with $600,000 of that going to St. Mary’s, which also has served the Navajo Nation. At one point Tuesday, cars came through at a rate of one every minute, six lanes across, to get boxes and bags of turkeys, potatoes, and canned food from St. Mary’s Food Bank....