CalFresh Food Benefits Post-Pandemic | How Almond Upcycling Works | Free Concert to Benefit Sacramento Music Education
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Sabrina Lockard of North Highlands buys food for herself and her family at the Country Club Plaza farmers' market using CalFresh and Market Match dollars, Saturday, March 18, 2023.
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The challenges California food banks and the people who rely on them are facing with the end of pandemic food benefits. How “almond upcycling” is the latest attempt at sustainability by getting multiple uses from a single tree. A free concert which benefits music education in Sacramento.
CalFresh food benefits post-pandemic
The COVID state of emergency ended this year, which also ends emergency CalFresh allotment benefits. Recipients who managed CalFresh benefits now need to find ways to maximize their food resources. One way to respond to the benefits decrease is to go to food banks or a CalFresh participating farmers market. Inflation and increased demand have food banks scrambling to help those in need with limited resources. Joining us to discuss the challenges CalFresh recipients and food banks are facing is CapRadio Healthcare reporter Kate Wolffe.
Composting, to single use products, reducing waste– or even zero waste at that– is a feat gaining more mainstream attention. Dr. Josette Lewis, Almond Board of California Chief Scientific Officer, discusses one of the latest attempts at sustainability, which focuses on a popular California crop– almond upcycling. The process focuses on repurposing the hull of an almond into fiber-rich ingredients that can be used in nutrition bars, tea, beer, and more. The work is in partnership with Mattson, a food science company based in the Bay Area. Al Banisch, Chief Strategy and Client Engagement Officer, and Willem Duckworth, Product Development Technician, discuss getting multiple uses from a single tree.
CapRadio’s Midday Classical Host, Jennifer Reason joins Insight on the eve of her final concert as the artistic director of Sacramento’s musical group, RSVP. The concert by RSVP, will benefit music education in the Sacramento area and will highlight the work of four local high school students who have been positively impacted by music in their high school careers. Reason will be joined by Allison Cagley, Executive Director and Founder of Friends of Sacramento Arts who will explain the need for music education in our community.