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Farm-to-shelter effort nourishes homeless families: At Jane Addams Place in West Philadelphia, Food Trust leads a nutrition and preparation training session for the shelter’s kitchen staff. Shelter residents have meals from a massive refrigerator with foods like white asparagus, eggplant, arugula, cabbage, fresh herbs, and carrots in exotic purples and yellows. Also, 67% of the food the Feeding America network distributes annually is classified as Foods to Encourage. This includes more than 800 million pounds of produce.

Food Companies Fear Bird Flu May Cause Egg Shortages:  Roughly 87 percent of the birds stricken with the disease are laying hens, according to the Department of Agriculture, and many of the eggs they lay are turned into ingredients used by food businesses in things like scrambled egg patties and baked goods. Places like McDonald’s and Panera are being affected, read more here.

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