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Reducing Food Insecurity in Infants and Toddlers

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Fighting food insecurity

(Family Features) Food insecurity isn’t a new problem in the United States, but the economic upheaval created by the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the problem.

During the pandemic, households in the United States with children experienced an increase in food insecurity, despite overall rates of food insecurity staying the same. In 2019, 13.6% of households with children were food insecure, but by 2020, that number increased to 14.8%, according to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

In general, child food insecurity rates are higher than overall food insecurity rates, according to the annual Map the Meal Gap study conducted by Feeding America, a nationwide nonprofit network of food banks. According to data from the Children’s Defense Fund, this is particularly prevalent among low-income families, single mother households and Black and Hispanic households.

What Food Insecurity Means for Children
Food insecurity and hunger are closely related but not quite the same. People who are food insecure don’t have reliable, ongoing access to an adequate supply of affordable, nutritious food. Hunger is a physical condition; food insecurity reflects barriers to obtaining food such as finances, physical location and transportation.

Infants and toddlers are particularly vulnerable to nutrient deficiencies because their nutrient needs are high, especially in relation to the size of their stomachs and appetites. Caregivers in food-insecure households may have little choice but to settle for cheaper, energy-dense but nutrient-poor foods. As a result, food-insecure infants and toddlers are not receiving adequate nutrition even when they may be receiving enough calories to satisfy hunger.

Even if a child isn’t physically starving, inadequate nutrition can negatively affect health in numerous ways, including immune system function, low weight, learning and developmental delays, vitamin deficiencies and more.

Ways to Help Promote Better Nutrition
Support good nutrition during infancy and toddlerhood for your own children and others in the community with these practical tips:

  • Participate in (or introduce those in need to) aid programs. Government nutrition assistance programs help provide essential nutrition needs during infant and toddler years. One example is the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), which provides a variety of resources including food and health care referrals to support mothers and young children at nutritional risk, including pregnant, breastfeeding and post-partum women, as well as infants and children up to age 5.

    Another example is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which provides benefits low-income families can use to purchase nutritious foods. For children and adults who are enrolled in certain care programs, the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) helps ensure they have access to nutritious meals and snacks.
  • Make purchases that work extra hard. In addition to producing foods that encourage better nutrition for children, some brands also make contributions that help offset food insecurity. For example, for every box of Plum Organics Super Smoothies purchased, the company donates a pouch to a child in need through its “The Full Effect” program. The smoothie is a specially formulated blend of fruits, vegetables, legumes and grains with no added sugars designed to fight malnutrition and help fortify the diets of children who don’t have access to regular, healthy meals.
  • Act as a role model for healthy choices. Children learn by example, so be sure your little ones see you enjoying nutritious snacks, filling your plate with appropriate portions and preparing well-rounded meals. When kids are exposed to a wide range of healthy options early in life, those food choices become the norm as they grow older.
  • Volunteer at a food bank. Getting hands-on by donating your time at a local food bank can help you understand the complexity of food insecurity. Many nutritious selections are perishable, and transporting and storing perishable goods is costly. Volunteers help offset a food bank’s operational expenses by contributing labor to sort donated items, prepare deliveries and more.

To find more information about foods that provide infants and toddlers the nutrients they need, visit plumorganics.com. Photos courtesy of Getty Images


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Quench Your Summer Cravings with Bold, Refreshing Beverages

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(Family Features) In between summer adventures and hot afternoons spent poolside, you’re likely looking to combat rising temperatures with a cool, refreshing beverage. This year, quench your thirst with drinks that play up the trendiness of bold flavors.

While many concoctions can help you beat the heat, some gems seem to hit the spot better than others. Consider one of the trendiest beverages that is increasingly becoming available at smoothie and juice bars nationwide but which you can also prepare at home: the tempting, bold taste of the Mangonada. With a harmonious fusion of sweet, spicy and tangy flavors, this thirst-quencher captures the essence of tropical indulgence with the majestic mango at the center of its symphony of flavors.

“Mango not only adds a burst of flavor but also brings a unique depth to the beverage,” said Dan Spellman, director of marketing for the National Mango Board.

Central to the Mangonada is Tajín Fruity Chamoy Sauce and Clásico Seasoning – a zesty blend of chili peppers, lime and sea salt – which are must-have ingredients to make the beverage. They combine to infuse the drink with a subtle kick, balancing the mango’s sweetness with a hint of spiciness that hits different.

This beloved beverage has captured the hearts and palates of people worldwide with its bold flavors and vibrant spirit to make summer deliciously unforgettable.

For another take on a classic drink, give this Tangy Chamoy Tropical Daiquiri a try at your next summer cookout. You can enjoy its cool, refreshing flavor with just the right touch of spice from Tajín Fruity Chamoy Hot Sauce with the yellow cap, which is made with natural ingredients but offers a unique fruity and tangy flavor, ideal for pairing with sweet snacks like fruits, smoothies, mangonadas and ice pops. With no added sugar or coloring, they’re perfect for the entire family all summer long.

There are thousands of ways to enjoy these unique flavors. To find more refreshing drinks that beat the summer heat, visit tajin.com.

Mangonada

Recipe courtesy of the National Mango Board

  • 1 cup fresh mango cubes, plus 5-6 cubes for garnish, divided
  • 2 ounces fresh mango nectar
  • 1/2 ounce lime juice
  • 2 cups ice
  • 1/2 ounce agave nectar
  • 2 tablespoons Tajín Fruity Chamoy Hot Sauce, plus 2 ounces for garnish, divided
  • 1 tablespoon Tajín Clásico Seasoning, for garnish
  • 1 tamarind candy, for garnish (optional)
  1. Measure 1 cup mango cubes, mango nectar, lime juice, ice and agave nectar into blender cup. Blend until smooth.
  2. In separate small dishes, add 1 ounce hot sauce and 1 ounce seasoning.
  3. Dip rim of 14-ounce Collins glass into hot sauce then seasoning to coat. Drizzle remaining hot sauce along inside of glass.
  4. In glass, pour 1 tablespoon chamoy sauce followed by blended Mangonada. Top with remaining fresh mango cubes and sprinkle with additional seasoning. Add tamarind candy to glass, if desired.

Tangy Chamoy Tropical Daiquiri

Total time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2

To Rim Glass:

Drink:

  1. Rim two glasses in hot sauce then in seasoning.
  2. Blend diced pineapple with orange juice, ice and hot sauce; pour into glasses.
  3. Garnish with pineapple slice.


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Health Alert: Classic Delight Sandwiches May Pose a Risk of Contamination

Potential contamination alert: Classic Delight sandwiches recalled due to Listeria monocytogenes risk. Take necessary precautions.

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Classic Delight sandwich recall due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination risk
Fresh sub sandwich on white and wheat hoagies.(Adobe Stock)


In a recent public health alert, Classic Delight LLC, a food company based in St. Mary’s, Ohio, has announced a voluntary recall of certain individually wrapped sandwiches due to potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. This organism can result in severe infections, especially among vulnerable individuals. While no illness or adverse reactions have been reported thus far, the company is taking proactive measures to ensure consumer safety.

Details of the Recall:
The affected products, produced between May 11, 2023, and June 6, 2024, were distributed to several states, including Arkansas, California, Maryland, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas. These sandwiches may have made their way into food service distribution, convenience stores, and vending machines. To assist in identifying the recalled items, here is a list of the specific products:

  • 7060 Classic Delight Twin Chili Cheese Dog
  • 514713 Wakefield Charbroiled Cheeseburger
  • 311 Classic Delight Turkey Ham and Cheese Sub
  • 551697 Wakefield Ham Cheddar Pretzel Croissant
  • 314 Classic Delight Turkey Cheese Sub
  • 648899 Wakefield Chorizo Egg Ciabatta
  • 6731 Classic Delight Turkey Cheese Round
  • 806604 Wakefield Ham Egg Cheese Muffin
  • 6757 Classic Delight Twin Breaded Chicken Sliders
  • 806612 Wakefield Ham Egg Cheese Croissant
  • 7626 Classic Delight Breaded Chicken Waffle
  • 806620 Wakefield Bacon Egg and Cheese Bagel
  • 73131 Nutrisystem Turkey Sausage and Egg Muffin
  • 806638 Wakefield Sausage Egg and Cheese Biscuit
  • 176586 Wakefield Pretzel Bacon Angus Cheeseburger
  • 806646 Wakefield Sausage Egg and Cheese Muffin
  • 176594 Wakefield Southern Chicken Biscuit
  • 806653 Wakefield Bacon Cheeseburger
  • 195263 Wakefield Spicy Hawaiian Sliders
  • 806661 Wakefield Blazin Chicken
  • 514711 Wakefield Bacon Egg and Cheese Bagel
  • 806679 Wakefield Charbroiled Cheeseburger
  • 514712 Wakefield Sausage Egg and Cheese Biscuit
  • 806687 Wakefield Chicken and Cheese
  • 942821 Wakefield Sausage Egg Pancake

Reasons for Recall:
Classic Delight initiated the recall after routine environmental testing revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes. The company is actively collaborating with the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate the origin of the issue. As a precautionary measure, production of the affected products has been halted until the source of contamination is identified and resolved.

Action Steps for Consumers:
If you have purchased any of the recalled Classic Delight sandwiches, it is crucial to take immediate action to safeguard your health and well-being. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Discard the affected products if they are still in your possession.
  2. For a full refund, return the recalled items to the place of purchase.
  3. Any concerns or queries can be directed to the Classic Delight Consumer Hotline at (419)-300-3202, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm Pacific Time. Alternatively, you may contact them via email at info@classicdelight.com.

Health and Safety Measures:
While there have been no reported cases of illness linked to these products thus far, it’s important to remain vigilant. Should you experience any symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, or diarrhea after consuming these sandwiches, contact your healthcare provider immediately.


Classic Delight’s voluntary recall underscores their commitment to ensuring the safety of consumers. By swiftly addressing the potential risk of Listeria monocytogenes contamination, Classic Delight is taking proactive steps to protect public health. Remember to check your refrigerators or storage areas for the listed products and follow the recommended actions to minimize any potential harm. Always prioritize your well-being and stay informed about food recalls to make educated choices about the food you consume.

Company Contact Information

Consumers:Classic Delight Consumer Hotline (419)-300-3202 info@classicdelight.com

https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts

Press Release: https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/classic-delight-llc-issues-public-health-alert-due-possible-health-risk

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About the FDA?

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA or US FDA) is a federal agency of the Department of Health and Human Services. The FDA is responsible for protecting and promoting public health by overseeing food safety, tobacco products, caffeine products, dietary supplements, pharmaceutical drugs, vaccines, biopharmaceuticals, blood transfusions, medical devices, electromagnetic radiation emitting devices (ERED), cosmetics, animal foods & feed, and veterinary products.

The FDA primarily enforces the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C) but also enforces other laws like Section 361 of the Public Health Service Act. This includes regulating lasers, cellular phones, and condoms, and controlling diseases in household pets and human sperm for assisted reproduction.

The FDA is led by the Commissioner of Food and Drugs, appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate, reporting to the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Robert Califf is the current Commissioner as of 17 February 2022.

The FDA’s headquarters is in White Oak, Maryland, with 223 field offices and 13 laboratories across the US, including the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Since 2008, the FDA has posted employees to various foreign countries like China, India, Costa Rica, Chile, Belgium, and the United Kingdom. (Wikipedia)

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Salvation Army Research Finds Food Bank Usage on the Rise as Food Security Challenges Persist

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TORONTO /CNW/ – New research from The Salvation Army Canada finds that many Canadians continue to struggle to meet their basic needs with food affordability, inflation and housing security challenges persisting as top issues.

As one of the largest non-governmental direct providers of social services in Canada, The Salvation Army produces the biannual Canadian Poverty and Socioeconomic Analysis to better understand the attitudes, behaviours and experiences of Canadians on issues such as the availability of housing and food, general affordability and related health outcomes.

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New research from The Salvation Army Canada finds that many Canadians continue to struggle to meet their basic needs. (CNW Group/The Salvation Army)

Due to overwhelming feedback from policymakers, news media and other stakeholders, The Salvation Army will now produce the Canadian Poverty and Socioeconomic Analysis twice a year, in the spring and fall. This will allow The Salvation Army to quantify the demand for ongoing social services provided and help the organization to better serve those in need.

The most recent research shows Canadians rank health care, inflation and food affordability as their top concerns. These findings are in line with The Salvation Army’s internal data, which reveal households that were inactive in reaching out for help are now active, and the number of new households seeking assistance, such as food, clothing, furniture and emergency housing, is on the rise.

The report finds that 26 percent of Canadians polled continue to be extremely concerned about having enough income to cover their basic needs, and that concerns around food security are on the rise. While seven percent of respondents said they recently accessed a food bank, food hamper or community meal program (up from six percent in October 2023), the percentage of first-time users is up sharply, to 61 percent compared to 43 Percent in October 2023.

“The increase in first-time users of food banks is an alarming indicator of the conditions that many Canadians are facing,” said Lt-Colonel John Murray, territorial secretary for communications, The Salvation Army in Canada and Bermuda. “We often find that when people show up at a food bank it can be the tip of the iceberg for additional issues they may be facing. The Salvation Army is committed to a holistic approach in supporting people through partnerships that help create a positive impact on individuals and families.”

The number of respondents who said they had skipped or reduced the size of at least one meal increased to 26 percent, up from 21 percent previously (October 2023). More Canadians also said they’d bought less nutritious food to save money and had reduced their grocery bill to pay for other necessities.

On financial issues, 72 percent of respondents described challenges managing limited financial resources in the past year, including cutting back on non-essential needs (59 percent), changing habits to save money (52 percent) and using savings or going into debt to afford basic needs (36 percent).

“Despite easing inflation numbers, life is still difficult for many Canadians,” said Murray. “Food insecurity is just one symptom facing people today. At The Salvation Army, our vision is to reduce barriers and address the root causes of poverty, working together with people to achieve their goals in overcoming them.”

Last year, more than three million visits were made to The Salvation Army in Canada and Bermuda for assistance, including 2.1 million visits for food, clothing or practical help, 438,000 visits for Christmas food hampers and toys, and 3.2 million community meals.

Survey Methodology:

This report contains findings from research conducted by Edelman Data & Intelligence on behalf of The Salvation Army to uncover Canadians’ attitudes and experiences with poverty and related socioeconomic issues.

The study was conducted March 11-14, 2024, among a nationally representative sample of 1,515 Canadians who are members of the online Angus Reid Forum, balanced and weighted on age, gender and region. Note: Canadians living in Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut were not included in the survey.

For comparison purposes only, a probability sample of this size would carry a margin of error of +/- 2.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20. And, where a margin of error is not available, the research department provides a comparable one so that the audience can have some context to the value of the poll.

About The Salvation Army:

The Salvation Army is an international Christian organization that began its work in Canada in 1882 and has grown to become one of the largest direct providers of social services in the country. The Salvation Army gives hope and support to vulnerable people in 400 communities across Canada and in more than 130 countries around the world. Its community and social service activities include: hunger relief for individuals and families through food banks and feeding programs; shelter for people experiencing homelessness and support for those needing housing; rehabilitation for those struggling with substance-use recovery; long-term care and palliative care; Christmas assistance, such as food hampers and toys; after-school programs, camps and school nutrition programs for children and youth; and life-skills classes, such as budgeting, cooking for a family, and anger management. When you give to The Salvation Army, you are investing in the future of people in your community. 

News releases, articles and updated information can be found at https://salvationarmy.ca/
A list of regional media representatives can be found at: https://salvationarmy.ca/news-and-media/media-contacts/

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