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Clark University parked in A.I!

Feb. 18


At Clark University: A social entrepreneur’s approach to 
hunger and wasted food

Former president of Trader Joe’s to present Clark U President’s Lecture
Social entrepreneur Doug Rauch will speak at Clark University at 4 p.m., on Thursday, February 18, in Razzo Hall in the Traina Center for the Arts, 92 Downing St.

Part of the President’s Lecture Series at Clark University, “A Social Entrepreneur’s Approach to Hunger and Wasted Food,” is free and open to the public.    
Rauch is founder and president of the Daily Table, an innovative retail concept designed to bring affordable nutrition to the food insecure in our cities through using the excess, wholesome food that would otherwise be wasted by growers, manufacturers, distributors and retailers.

It offers “grab-n-go” meals, freshly prepared on-site, as well as a variety of healthy grocery items (produce, dairy, bakery, etc.) at prices that meet or beat less nutritious food costs. 

Rauch spent 31 years with Trader Joe’s Company, the last 14 years as its president, helping grow the business from a small, nine-store chain in Southern California to a nationally acclaimed retail success story with more than 340 stores in 30 states.

He developed their prized buying philosophy, created their unique private label food program, and wrote and executed the business plan for expanding Trader Joe’s nationally. He retired from the company in 2008.

Rauch is also CEO of Conscious Capitalism Inc.; a Trustee at Olin College of Engineering; on the Board of Overseers at WBUR; and serves on the board of several for-profit and nonprofit companies. 

Rauch received his Executive M.B.A. from the Peter Drucker School of Management at Claremont University, where he won several honorary awards including the Early Career Outstanding Entrepreneur Award from Peter Drucker.  Rauch was also a recent Fellow at the Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative, where Daily Table was hatched.


Congressman Jim McGovern on SNAP report

Jim McGovern Applauds White House Hunger Report Highlighting Importance of SNAP in Helping Hungry Families
In 2014, at least 4.7 million people, including 2.1 million children, were lifted out of poverty due to SNAP benefits. 

Congressman Jim McGovern, one of the leading voices in Congress calling for action to address hunger, applauded yesterday the release by the White House of a new report on hunger highlighting how SNAP improves food security and life outcomes for families, with long-term benefits for health, education, and economic well-being. At the same time, far too many families remain food insecure, and strengthening SNAP benefits would help to address this.
“Today’s White House report confirms that SNAP works. It is one of the most effective federal programs in reducing hunger and food insecurity and it has a lasting positive effect on vulnerable populations, especially children.
“Today’s report also confirms what we have heard repeatedly in the House Agriculture Committee this year: The majority of those on SNAP are children, elderly and the disabled. And as the economy continues to recover, more families are working, but there are still far too many who are earning so little that they qualify for SNAP. It’s deeply troubling that wages haven’t kept up with the cost of meeting basic needs.This report also shows that the current SNAP benefit is too low. It runs out before the end of the month and families are forced to cobble together enough to eat.
“Ensuring that children have enough healthy food to eat early in their life through SNAP is one of the best investments we can make in future health, well-being and economic self-sufficiency. I am grateful to the White House and USDA Secretary Vilsack for their leadership on hunger, both with this report and their work to strengthen critical programs like school meals that help families in need.
“As Congress finishes this year and looks to 2016, I urge all of my colleagues to read this report and think twice before cutting SNAP or turning it into a block grant program. These would be harmful policy changes that would significantly undermine the program. Instead we should be focused on strengthening SNAP. Hunger is a solvable problem and we must work together to strengthen critical anti-hunger programs like SNAP that so many American families rely on.”
Key Findings of White House Hunger Report:

The White House report draws on a growing body of high-quality research about food insecurity and SNAP, finding that:
1. SNAP plays an important role in reducing both poverty and food insecurity in the United States—especially among children.
In 2014,at least 4.7 million people, including 2.1 million children, were lifted out of poverty due to SNAP benefits. 
Overall, research indicates that rates of food insecurity are up to 30 percent lower among households that receive SNAP compared to what they otherwise would be—with impacts for children that are at least this large. 
A recent study shows that the temporary increase in SNAP benefits implemented under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act resulted in 530,000 fewer households experiencing food insecurity.
2. SNAP’s positive impact on children begins even before birth and lasts well beyond their childhood years, including improving health, education, and economic outcomes.
Maternal receipt of Food Stamps during pregnancy reduces the incidence of low birth-weight by between 5 and 23 percent.
Among adults who grew up in disadvantaged households when the Food Stamp Program was first being introduced, access to Food Stamps before birth and in early childhood led to significant reductions in the likelihood of being obese (16 percentage points) and significant increases (18 percentage points) in the likelihood of completing high school. 

Early exposure to food stamps also led to reductions in metabolic syndrome (a cluster of conditions associated with heart disease and diabetes) and increased economic self-sufficiency among disadvantaged women.
3. While SNAP allows families to put more food on the table, current benefit levels are often not sufficient to sustain them through the end of the month, resulting in substantial consequences.
New research has linked diminished food budgets at the end of each month to high-cost consequences, including:
a drop-off in caloric intake, with estimates of this decline ranging from 10 to 25 percent over the course of the month;
an increase in the rate of hospital admissions due to low blood sugar among low-income adults (a 27 percent increase between the first and last week of the month);
an increase in the rate of disciplinary actions among school children in SNAP households (an 11 percent increase between the first and last week of the month);
diminished student performance on standardized tests, with performance improving only gradually again after the next month’s benefits are received.
4. The Administration has developed several initiatives to improve food security and nutrition, particularly of vulnerable children.
The most recent revision to the WIC food package, which provides supplemental nutrition to low-income women, infants, and children, added a cash value voucher (CVV) to allow participants to purchase fruits and vegetables on top of the basket of goods historically provided by the program, representing a substantial increase in the value of the package.

The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), offered nationwide starting in 2014, allows schools in high-poverty areas to offer free breakfast and lunch to all students. CEP has improved access to healthy meals in eligible schools, while eliminating the administrative burden associated with collecting and processing household applications for subsidized school meals.

The Administration has also worked diligently to expand access for low-income children to nutritious food during the summer months when school meals are unavailable and the risk of food insecurity is heightened.
In 2014, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) delivered 23 million more summer meals than in 2009.
Congressman McGovern has been a strong supporter of the Administration’s successful implementation of the Summer Electronic Benefits Transfer for Children (SEBTC) pilots, which provide additional food assistance to low-income families with children during the summer months.. These pilots were found to reduce very low food security among children by 26 percent.  The President’s 2016 Budget proposed a significant expansion of this effort.

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Congressman Jim McGovern to Tour Community Harvest Project and Host “Food is Medicine” Roundtable

Event to Highlight The Farm to Health Center Initiative’s Work to Reduce Hunger by Strengthening Community Access to Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

This Saturday, June 13

at 12:30 p.m. …

Congressman Jim McGovern will join local leaders to tour the Community Harvest Project (CHP) in Grafton

He will also host a roundtable on The Farm to Health Center Initiative (FHCI)

… and its work to reduce hunger and enhance positive medical outcomes for low-income families in Central Massachusetts.

The Farm to Health Center Initiative is a collaboration between CHP, UMass Medical School (UMMS) students, and Family Health Center of Worcester (FHCW) physicians.

The project is aimed at reducing rates of food insecurity by increasing patient access to and consumption of fresh produce.

At a time when House Republicans are assaulting the food safety net, Congressman McGovern and House Democrats are working to ensure that no child is hungry, that seniors aren’t choosing between food and medicine, and that struggling families can put food on their tables.

The Community Harvest Project, in collaboration with University of Massachusetts Medical School and the Family Health Center of Worcester, has served as a model for innovative community-based solutions to increase access to fresh, high-quality and nutritional food to patients and over 99,000 of the most food insecure residents of Massachusetts.

Congressman McGovern and Executive Director Jodi Koeman will highlight the important connection between healthy food, healthy lifestyles and healthy communities for the future of our children, seniors, hardworking families and our country.

A full list of roundtable and event participants is below.


o   Congressman Jim McGovern
o   CHP Executive Director Jodi Koeman
o   FHCI founders Kathryn Bailey, Rachel Erdil, and Liz Rosen
o   WCFB Executive Director Jean McMurray
o   FHCW Vice President Noreen Johnson Smith
o   State and Local Leaders
o   Area Health Center Directors
o   Local Hospital Executives
o   Members of Congressman McGovern’s Congressional Youth Caucus

WHAT: Tour and Roundtable Discussion on The Farm to Health Center Initiative

WHERE: Community Harvest Project / Brigham Hill Community Farm Conference Room, 37 Wheeler Road, North Grafton, MA 01536

WHEN: Saturday, June 13th, 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.


Pleasant Street Neighborhood Network Center

next to the Pickle Barrel, Pleasant Street

Join us in thanking City Manager Augustus, local business owners and

everyone else that helps make our Park Stewards and Around the Corner

youth jobs programs successful.

5 pm – 6:30 pm

TOMORROW! Thursday, June 11

PSNNC, 301 Pleasant St.

Ask how you can become a youth jobs sponsor and help us to grow our
Park Stewards and Around the Corner summer jobs programs.  We need
your support, participation and commitment to building these programs.

And please consider supporting our Youth Jobs fundraising appeal so that
we may continue to organize and build youth job opportunities for youth
throughout our neighborhood.


Calling all Woo movie buffs!!!

Help the Jimmy Fund at the movies this summer!

Volunteers needed for 66th season of Jimmy Fund’s Theatre Collections Program

The Jimmy Fund is looking for local movie lovers with big hearts and a few spare hours to help raise money for cancer care and research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute this summer. The Jimmy Fund/Variety Children’s Charities Theatre Collections Program is seeking volunteers to pass collection canisters to guests in local movie theatres following a brief Jimmy Fund trailer that will be shown before a feature film.

Volunteers are needed during select movie times each day of the week from June 12 to July 30 at theaters in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, and Ohio.

All contributions go directly to the Jimmy Fund, which supports lifesaving adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at Dana-Farber.

Now in its 66th year, the program launched in 1949 and is the Jimmy Fund’s oldest annual fundraising effort. Since its inception the program has raised more than $30 million. In its early years, the Theatre Program attracted the support of such legendary stars including James Cagney, Loretta Young, Bing Crosby, and baseball’s Ted Williams.

Volunteers can earn exciting incentives, depending on how much time they commit to the program. These range from a volunteer t-shirt, to complimentary National Amusements movie passes, to Blue Man Group or Boston Red Sox tickets! 

To volunteer or to learn more, visit jimmyfund.org/theatre or call 617-582-7724.

Ending child poverty in America

From The New York Times.

“… surely we can all agree that no child, once born, should suffer through poverty. Surely we can all agree that working to end child poverty — or at least severely reduce it — is a moral obligation of a civilized society.

“And yet, 14.7 million children in this country are poor, and 6.5 million of them are extremely poor (living below half the poverty line).

“Today, the Children’s Defense Fund is releasing a report entitled “Ending Child Poverty Now” that calls this country’s rate of child poverty “a moral disgrace.” ” …

CLICK HERE to read entire column.