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Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, Feeding America CEO, joins Yahoo Finance’s Kristin Myers to discuss food insecurities amid the pandemic.

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KRISTIN MYERS: Now, the pandemic has reversed much of the progress that has been made to end hunger in America, food experts say. Our next guest, however, remains committed to the vision where no one is hungry. So let’s talk about how to make that possible.

We’re joined now by Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO of Feeding America. Claire, great to have you with us. I want to start with what gains or progress has been undone by the pandemic. Where would you

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It’s been a year since the pandemic began, and the need for food is still growing in Southwest Florida. For many, this pandemic has meant losing a job and not knowing how to feed the family. With lives turned upside down, food banks have been there to fill the need for millions of people at their tables.

We looked at how St, Matthew’s House is keeping up with food insecurity in Southwest Florida Thursday during the pandemic.

In the month of March, St. Matthew’s House has already fed thousands of families. At two earlier food distribution events,

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About 42 million people — one in eight — may experience food insecurity at some point this year. That’s the latest projection from the hunger relief organization Feeding America

What does money for food assistance in the $1.9 trillion plan that President Joe Biden signed into law last week look like?

The latest relief package extends the 15% increase in supplemental nutrition assistance or SNAP benefits and extends another program that gives parents whose kids qualify for free lunch and additional grocery money while kids aren’t in school. 

Vince Hall at Feeding America said a lots of the other

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HOUSTON – Harris County is providing $550,000 to help combat food insecurity.

The Harris County Healthy Food Financing Initiative will increase the availability of fresh and nutritious food in underserved communities by funding innovative solutions through community partners, the county announced Wednesday in a press release.

The first round of grants totaling $550,000 was awarded to six partners: HOPE Clinic, Houston Food Bank, Little Red Box, Small Places, Common Market Texas and Urban Harvest.

Here is how the organizations plan to allocate the grant:

  • HOPE Clinic: Teach restauranteurs to prepare healthy food for their menus.

  • Houston Food Bank:

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  • A lack of access to healthy food may make it harder to lose weight, even with diet and exercise.
  • People with obesity lost less weight in an intensive program if they had food insecurity, a study suggests. 
  • Economic instability from the pandemic may make this disparity even starker, a researcher said. 
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Lack of access to healthy food could make it harder to lose weight, even if you’re on an intense diet and exercise program, according to a study published March 8 in the Annals of Internal Medicine

Researchers from Pennington Biomedical Research Center

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When a New Jersey student said she hadn’t had enough to eat, she highlighted a problem at home, and one that affects some 18 million children nationwide.

A New Jersey third-grader burst into tears in the middle of her virtual class, confessing to teachers and fellow students that she was starving.  

“This 9-year-old just couldn’t take it anymore,” said former New Jersey Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno, who manages the Fulfill Food Bank

That heartbreaking moment led an entire community to help, including Guadagno.

“This family has been offered not only immediate food, but groceries for six months,” Guadagno said. 

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