Monday, November 13, 2017

Turkey Prices Down This Year

Thanksgiving season often marks the low point for the retail markup for whole turkeys. This year, low wholesale prices are likely a good sign for price-conscious consumers.

The average price for a whole frozen hen in August was just under 97 cents per pound, 3% below January and 19% below August 2016. As of the fourth week of September, prices had fallen farther to 96 cents. The last time wholesale prices were below $1 per pound as late as September was in 2010.

Source: USDA, 11/6/17, Turkey Prices

With turkey prices down this year, please consider purchasing a turkey (or several) and donating them to Foodshare!

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

A Hawk Is Rescued

Foodshare had an interesting visitor on Monday morning. A hawk flew into the truck garage portion of our warehouse and couldn’t figure out how to get out.

Our helpful friends at the Roaring Brook Nature Center in Canton came out to help and identified her as a young, female Cooper’s hawk but had no luck coaxing her out -- so the hawk stayed overnight until Tuesday.

On Tuesday, with help from Nick Watson, a wildlife relocation expert, along with some Foodshare staff, we were finally able to direct her back outside where she belongs.

A happy ending!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Screening for Food Insecurity

What is the best way to screen for food insecurity? The 18-item U.S. Food Security Scale (USFSS) is the gold standard, according to a recent editorial in the American Journal of Public Health. The tool was developed after five years of extensive testing, consultation, and expert review.  Its length, however, makes its use in most clinical settings impractical.

The first two questions in the USFSS, commonly known as the Hunger Vital Sign, ask how often within the past 12 months “we worried whether our food would run out before we got money to buy more,” and “the food we bought just didn’t last and we didn’t have money to get more.” Recent research has shown the Hunger Vital Sign to be both a sensitive and specific tool, and thus reliable is ascertaining whether a patient is food insecure, but only if the screener asks both questions and gives the patient 3 response options: “often true, sometimes true, or never true.”

Source: Children’s Health Watch, 11/2/17, Food Insecurity Screening

Friday, October 27, 2017

Access To Grocery Stores Affects Food Shopping & Spending

Researchers believe that poor access to stores that sell a wide range of healthy and affordable foods results in poorer diet and diet-related health problems. Six percent (6%) of American households lack of access to supermarkets, which may mean that they rely more heavily on convenience stores or fast-food restaurants. A new USDA survey of how the local food environment influences where households get food and how much of their food budget is spent at various types of retailers reveals:

●    77% low-access households shopped at supermarket, superstore, large grocery store, or warehouse store compared to 87% percent for households with sufficient access.
●    Low-access households spend almost the same percentage of their weekly food expenditures at large stores as households with sufficient access.
●    Low-access households are less likely to buy food at a restaurant than households with sufficient access (69.5% compared with 85.8%) and spend less than half as much per person as households with sufficient access ($9.90 compared to $19.56).

Source: USDA, 10/17, Grocery Store Access

Thursday, October 19, 2017

2017 Fall Newsletter

Check out our fall newsletter to see how our community is working together in support of Foodshare's mission!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

23rd Annual HOG Turkey Run

Please join us on Sunday, October 29th for the 23rd Annual HOG Turkey Run sponsored by the Hartford Harley Owners Group (HOG) and Gengras Harley Davidson!

This innovative turkey drive will kick-off our 2017 Turkey and Thirty Campaign. Interested riders can register at Gengras Harley Davidson in East Hartford from 10-11:45 am.  At 12:00 pm police will escort all riders from Gengras Harley Davidson to Foodshare in Bloomfield followed by lunch at Salute. The cost is one frozen turkey per person or $30 per bike. All checks should be made out to Foodshare.

Friday, October 13, 2017

SNAP Helps Cut Child Poverty in Half

Thanks to government programs, the child poverty rate fell to a record low of 15.6% in 2016, a little more than half its 1967 level of 28.4%.  Data incorporating the Supplemental Poverty Measure (which counts the income that the SNAP, rental subsidies, and other federal non-cash benefits and tax credits provide) show that the drop is largely attributable to safety net programs, particularly SNAP and refundable tax credits for earned income and child care.

This improvement has benefited all demographic groups.  Between 1991 and 2016, SPM poverty rates among black, Hispanic, and non-Hispanic white children were all cut roughly in half.  When poverty is measured without counting safety net income, child poverty is only modestly lower than it was in the 1960s.

Source: Center on Budget & Policy Priorities, 10/5/17, Child Poverty