Jonathan Oosting The Detroit News Published 3:53 PM EST Jan 15, 2019 Lansing — Michigan is rushing to hand out February food stamps this weekend to 1.2 million low-income residents as part of an early move to ensure assistance next month amid the partial shutdown of the federal government. The federal impasse has not yet had a major impact on state government services or programs, but officials are bracing for significant funding challenges if the record-long shutdown continues in coming weeks. Nearly 40 percent of Michigan’s budget comes from federal sources. The Trump administration last week announced it will fund February food assistance so long as states pay out the benefit by Jan. 20. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services plans this Saturday to start loading early payments on to Bridge Cards. But the state is cautioning recipients against extra trips to the grocery store. “We’re trying to emphasize to our clients that when … [Read more...] about Michigan rushes to send out food stamps amid federal shutdown
Federal workers -- who haven't seen paychecks since before the government closed on Dec. 22 -- are lining up at food pantries across the U.S. The Capital Area Food Bank, which operates in the Washington, D.C. area, hosted five pop-up food pantry locations after federal workers -- who missed their paychecks for the first time last Friday -- flooded the organization's "Hunger Lifeline" with calls for help, according to President and CEO Radha Muthiah.Hotline representatives direct callers to the food pantries closest to their homes, and help make them aware of supplementary nutrition alternatives. "We have seen an uptick in the number of calls from individuals who weren't traditionally clients to better understand the emergency food assistance network in our area should the shutdown persist," Muthiah told CBS MoneyWatch. "Typically, SNAP [food stamps] recipients are the ones that come to food pantries but what we did this weekend was targeted to federal workers and contractors who … [Read more...] about As shutdown drags on, federal workers flock to food pantries
Tuesday, January 15, 2019 by: Isabelle Z. Tags: clean food, conservation, Field to Fork, food supply, goodfood, goodhealth, green living, hipsters, hunters, hunting, meat, off grid, organics, self-reliance, survival, sustainability, sustainable food, Venison, wild food (Natural News) If you’re worried about pesticides and want to make sure all the fruits and vegetables you eat are truly local and organic, the only way to be completely sure is to grow them yourself. It may be extra work, but the peace of mind it provides is worth it for many people. But how can you be completely sure the meat you’re eating is local and sustainable? For an increasing number of health-conscious individuals, especially younger people, the answer is hunting. Although hunting is dropping dramatically in popularity – the number of Americans engaging in the pastime is down 18 percent from 20 years ago – its fortunes could soon turn around as young people take the notion of clean … [Read more...] about The new “organic” meat: HUNTING animals suddenly popular among young hipsters looking for clean food
Tuesday, January 15, 2019 by: Mary Miller Tags: badfood, badhealth, brain function, casein, celiac disease, cognitive function, dairy, gliadin, gluten, gluten sensitivity, glutenin, gut-brain connection, ingredients, lactose intolerance, mental health, mood, non-celiac gluten sensitivity, nutrition, Proteins (Natural News) The food you eat can have an effect on your overall health and well-being, and this extends to your mood and mental health. It’s important to know which types of food may improve or sabotage your cognitive function. To support your mental health, avoid, or at least, limit your consumption of gluten and dairy food items. Gluten refers to naturally occurring proteins that can be found in the endosperm of many cereal grains like rye, wheat, corn, and barley. It is composed of gliadin and glutenin. Casein is another type of protein, which can be found in mammalian milk and dairy products. The consumption of gluten and dairy on … [Read more...] about Could these 2 popular foods be sabotaging your mental health?
Tuesday, January 15, 2019 by: Mary Miller Tags: Anti-inflammatory foods, antioxidants, arthritis, beans, cheese, dark leafy vegetables, Diets, fatty fish, fried foods, fruits, ginger, goodhealth, healing foods, high-fat dairy foods, inflammation, inflammatory foods, nutrition, processed foods, red meat, refined grains, refined sugars, Sugars, tea, turmeric, vegetables (Natural News) When you have arthritis, going grocery shopping can suddenly become a lot more complicated. Certain foods can either reduce your inflammation or aggravate it. You can ease your arthritis pain and symptoms by eating a diet full of anti-inflammatory foods. At the same time, you will want to avoid foods that promote inflammation. Here is a simple shopping guide for the types of food you should and shouldn’t eat if you have arthritis. Common foods with anti-inflammatory properties Foods that contain plenty of antioxidants typically have anti-inflammatory properties. Eating a steady diet of … [Read more...] about A guide to the foods you should and shouldn’t be eating when you have arthritis