With pandemic-related food insecurity on the rise, food pantries fear new spike following end of expanded federal benefits | Local News

BOSTON — Between cooking meals and making deliveries to combat changing needs, food pantries have had their hands full during the pandemic.

And following the expiration of expanded unemployment benefits through the federal government, groups that provide emergency meals are expecting another surge in need.

Food insecurity reached new highs in the past year, but experts worry the full effects of the pandemic’s economic upheaval are still to come — even as vaccination rates rise. Western Massachusetts saw a roughly 47 percent increase in hunger over the pandemic, with the greatest impact on child hunger, national nonprofit Feeding America estimates. A growing number of visits to food pantries and use of government aid, including the supplemental nutritional assistance program, reflected the increase in Berkshire County.

“During COVID, we saw a lot more people who had never used our services and had never needed support, ever,” said Lillian Baulding, communications

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Cooking celebrity Brenda Gantt visits Shelby County for good cause – Shelby County Reporter

By BETH CHAPMAN | Special to the Reporter

COLUMBIANA – Alabama Cooking celebrity Brenda Gantt came to Shelby County on Sunday, Oct. 24 and wowed a crowd of 300 who came to see her at The Grande Hall at Old Mill Square all in the name of charity.

The “Barbecue with Brenda” event helped raise $33,000 for the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Shelby County.

“We need to lift each other up and be an encouragement to others,” Gantt said during the event, which will help have an impact on the lives of children through CASA.

After a barbecue lunch, Laurie Stroud Franklin, a former news anchor and now editor of Christian Family Magazine, interviewed Brenda. The crowd got the opportunity to hear about her newfound fame, her daily schedule, her favorite meals, her family and her deep-rooted faith in God.

Her homespun stories with her thick southern

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Finest Eating places Close to Me

The World’s Best 50 Restaurants is a list produced by UK media firm William Reed Enterprise Media , which initially appeared in the British journal Restaurant , based on a ballot of worldwide cooks , restaurateurs , gourmands and restaurant critics In addition to the primary ranking, the organisation awards a sequence of special prizes for people and restaurants, together with the One To Watch award, the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Chefs’ Selection Award, the latter based on votes from the fifty head chefs from the eating places on the previous year’s listing. Never. Despite the fact that I am all the time informed that I prepare dinner for a military, I really give out take-out packing containers” to my associates on the finish of a meal. In Chinese custom, it’s a huge no-no” to run out of meals, so I at all times prepare dinner copious amounts. No … Read More