Pizza shop owner delivers prescriptions so people can avoid the bitter cold.
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Teenager buys £600 worth of shopping for 4p and donates food to charity
A teenager collected hundreds of supermarket coupons to buy £600 worth of shopping for 4p so he could give the food to families.
Jordon Cox, 16, scoured endless websites and magazines and gathered hundreds of coupons for dozens of products.
After spending hours each day searching the internet for coupons, he managed to collect 470, which he took to his local supermarket, and filled three trolleys with food and household items.
The bill came to £572.16, but once the coupons were factored in the bill was reduced to just 4p - a saving of 99.81 per cent.
The teenager, of Brentwood in Essex, donated all his food to the charity Doorstep which gives food to disadvantaged families.
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Natural Machines says its Foodini will soon be printing homemade pizza in your kitchen, and it’s just one of many 3-D food printers in development.
Thornhill garden grows vegetables for Richmond Hill Community Food Bank
At the Richmond Hill Community Food Bank, Victor and Betty Mero take the canned goods they need from the shelves, then pause to gaze on the colourful display of fresh organic vegetables.
“Kale! Oh, I want some. I eat lots of kale and it’s getting expensive,” says Victor, 63, a retired cabinet maker living on a small pension. He adds a bunch of the broad green leaves to his bag along with peppers and a baggy of basil.
Betty talks about steaming the vegetables or making soup. Victor says he might eat the kale raw with a few drops of lemon.
“We’re diabetic,” he explains. “We like all these greens and it’s important to get them.”
The greens that the Meros took home had been picked by volunteers about 36 hours earlier at the Seeds for Change community garden tucked behind a fire hall, 11 kilometres away in Thornhill. A garden volunteer delivered the produce to the food bank early that morning.
Their stuff is top quality,” says manager Brenda Ewart, as food bank volunteers lay out the garden’s 22 pounds of zucchini, peppers, herbs, Swiss chard and other greens. The Richmond Hill food bank feeds about 1,000 people a month.
The bulk of the food bank’s fresh produce comes from a nearby farmers’ market, often the fruits and vegetables that didn’t sell. By comparison, the community garden’s donations are small. Its contributions, however, have been steadily increasing since the garden started three years ago with only three plots.
This summer, the garden has 17 beds, and, along with the earthy pleasures of digging, planting and tending comes the knowledge that the heft of the harvest goes to the food bank.
The Balcony Barbecue that lets city-dwellers grill their dinner in even the smallest of outdoor spaces
It is one of those things that those of us living in high-rise apartments or small city flats must endure: the lack of space to hold a proper barbecue.
But now a firm has come up with an ingenious solution to allow city-dwellers to enjoy some outdoor cooking - with the invention of a barbecue that hooks over a balcony just like a window box.
The Balcony Barbecue costs £59.99 from Firebox.com and is large enough to grill a decent number of sausages or a couple of steaks. Lengthways you could even fit a whole fish or some meat kebabs.
'Living in the City certainly has many perks but it does mean that not everyone has the luxury of boundless green gardens and varnished oak decking to enjoy their summer,' Firebox.com say on their website, adding: 'but now the Balcony Barbecue has landed!'
The genius part? During the winter months the barbecue doubles up as a window box. Just turf the plants out when the sun comes out again, replace the grill part and you’re back in business. [x]
Field of greens: Edible garden coming to San Francisco’s AT&T Park
Buy me some peanuts … and kale chips? Starting next season, AT&T Park, home to the San Francisco Giants, will be getting a 3,000-square-foot organic garden — a first for a professional sports venue.
Mars food study researchers emerge from dome
Researchers who have spent nearly four months simulating what it’s like to live on Mars have emerged from their experiment on a barren Hawaii lava field.
The NASA-funded study is researching what foods astronauts might eat during a mission to Mars.
The researchers left their simulated Martian base Tuesday for the first time without the mock space suits their experiment required whenever they ventured out of the dome on the northern slope of the Big Island’s Mauna Loa.
The University of Hawaii and Cornell University selected six people of various scientific backgrounds to cook meals from a list of dehydrated and shelf-stable ingredients that are not perishable.
Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation Investigator Kim Binsted hopes to present findings at the International Astronautical Congress this year. [x]
Agua Caliente Helps Feed the Needy in Coachella Valley’s Food Desert
The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians appreciates the work of nonprofit Well in the Desert to fill the stomachs of those struggling to make ends meet.
“There is a great deal of need in our community, and the volunteers at the Well in the Desert are making sure people who are in need have access to healthy food,” Tribal Chairman Jeff L. Grubbe said. “We knew we wanted to provide assistance as soon as we saw the organization’s call out to the community to help fill their nearly empty shelves.”
Using donated food, Springboard Kitchens offers opportunities to people who otherwise would have trouble finding a job.
Cronut creator to give to charity
The creator of the newest food craze, the cronut, has pledged to raise money for the Food Bank for New York City by holding daily raffles for cronuts and donating all of the proceeds from the sale of cronut T-shirts.
NBC’s Katy Tur reports.
Tucson Food Bank Helps The Needy Grow Their Own Food
Food banks around the country face growing demand, despite improvements in the economy. Many families are still underemployed and struggling. So some food banks are looking for more permanent ways to address hunger, beyond handing out food.
One of them is the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, based in Tucson. Among the many programs it runs is Las Milpitas de Cottonwood, a community farm located in one of the city’s lower-income neighborhoods.
More than 50 families have garden plots there. Most, like Jamie Senik, who lives in a nearby trailer park, are regular clients at the food bank.
Working under the hot morning sun, Senik says the ground at the farm might look hard and dry, but it’s good for growing. Her plot is surprisingly green.
"I have tomatoes and basil, cucumbers and peppers and some beans," she says, walking around her plot. Senik says the food bank provides the land, the seeds and the water: “All I have to do is plant it and tend it."
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