Non-profit organizations to buy fruits and vegetables
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Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples today announced $2 million in grants is available for non-profit organizations to purchase excess produce resulting from overproduction. The funds are available through the Texas Department of Agriculture’s Texans Feeding Texans: Surplus Agricultural Products Grant Program , which awards non-profit organizations funds to purchase and donate agricultural products to food banks or any charitable organization that feeds hungry Texans.
“Many Texas families are challenged right now, and they’ve turned to local food banks for support,” Commissioner Staples said. “This grant program will assist our state’s food banks in offering families a helping hand during these tough times.” Organizations interested in the Texans Feeding Texans: Surplus Agricultural Products Grant Program can submit proposals for up to $1 million per year if they have been assisting charitable organizations for at least five years. Last year, the Texas Food Bank Network was able to acquire and distribute 10.2 million pounds of food to Texas families, thanks to this program.
Study: Fruit and vegetable consumption inadequate worldwide
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A new study that looks at the fruit and vegetable consumption of nearly 200,000 people finds that the prevalence of inadequate diet is “remarkably high” across the globe.
Overall, 77.6 percent of men and 78.4 percent of women consumed less than the suggested five daily servings of produce. “Low fruit and vegetable consumption is a risk factor for overweight and obesity, and adequate consumption decreases risk for developing several chronic diseases,” said lead author Spencer Moore. “The release of the 2002-2003 World Health Survey data provided a unique opportunity to examine global differences in low fruit and vegetable consumption in a way that has until now simply not been possible.” Moore is an assistant professor in the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies at Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada. He and his colleagues looked at data from 196,373 adults in 52 mainly low- and middle-income countries. The study appears in the May issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.