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Bay Area Programs Help Food Banks
Nonprofit groups have been picking fruit from homeowner's yards so it can be donated to food banks. This is known as urban harvesting so fruit won't be wasted.
 

Bellingham Food Bank Receives $750,000
The money was the result of a federal grant that will help the food bank to expand and provide services for Whatcom County. The federal money comes from HUD or the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.
 

Big Donation Given To Homeless Shelter In San Diego
UnitedHealthcare made the announcement to San Diego leaders that they will be giving a $250,000 grant to help with the operations of San Diego's Downtown Emergency Winter Shelter. The shelter has 220 beds and shelters the homeless during the coldest months
 

Bon Jovi Donates To Philladelphia's Low Income Housing
Rock star Jon Bon Jovi lent a helping hand for the ground breaking ceremony for the new low-income housing called JBJ Soul Homes. This housing development in the Francisville neighborhood bears his initials. The 55-unit housing development is anticipated to open in about one year
 

Boston Struggles To End EBT Fraud
A special commission was set up analyze different ways to eliminate the cash benefits from the EBT system because of the fraud. They hoped to accomplish this in two months but of yet to come up with a workable solution to the problem
 

Boulder County Turkey Drive Needs More Turkeys This Year
A family that runs a turkey drive that benefits Boulder County food banks and families has collected 66 turkeys this year. Last year there were about 111 turkeys that were donated during the holiday season
 

California Assemblyman Wants To End Discrimination For Homeless
San Francisco Assemblyman Tom Ammiano stated homeless individuals need to be protected from discrimination. Ammiano has proposed a "Homeless Bill of Rights" bill. This bill will stop communities from passing ordinances that make life more difficult for homeless people
 

California Gives Tax Credit For Donations To Food Banks
California has now made it easier for farmers to donate excess produce by giving them a ten percent tax credit for all of their food bank donations. This is certainly going to help many food banks and food pantries in the local area.
 

Carson-Newman College Has Opened A New Homeless Shelter
The shelter is for women and families. The new building replaces the old 1920s home that had been converted into a shelter. Residents can stay up to 45 days
 

Central Wisconsin Community Action Council Food Pantry Usage Almost Doubles
The Food pantry in 2006 served about 380 people on a monthly basis but in 2012, it served nearly 736 individuals every month. That is a rise of 48%. The good news is that contributions to the pantry have increased too
 

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