L.A. County leads U.S. in hunger study
LA County leads US in hunger insecurity
This is why our food line is so big…
More than 1.7 million Los Angeles County residents struggled with hunger in 2009, more than in any other county in America, according to new research published by Feeding America, the country’s largest network of food banks.
Wholesale prices rise 1.6 pct. due to biggest jump in food costs in more than 36 years
On Wednesday March 16, 2011, 8:57 am
In this March 1, 2011 photo, a customer looks at fresh vegetables at a Kroger Co. supermarket in Cincinnati. Wholesale prices jumped last month by the most in nearly two years due to higher energy costs and the steepest rise in food prices in 36 years. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)
On Wednesday March 16, 2011, 8:57 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Wholesale prices jumped last month by the most in nearly two years due to higher energy costs and the steepest rise in food prices in 36 years. Excluding those volatile categories, inflation was tame.
The Labor Department said Wednesday that the Producer Price Index rose a seasonally adjusted 1.6 percent in February — double the 0.8 percent rise in the previous month. Outside of food and energy costs, the core index ticked up 0.2 percent, less than January’s 0.5 percent rise.
Food prices soared 3.9 percent last month, the biggest gain since November 1974. Most of that increase was due to a sharp rise in vegetable costs, which increased nearly 50 percent. That was the most in almost a year. Meat and dairy products also rose.
This state has already taken quite a hit but we must have a balanced budget. It is difficult for many who are trying to make ends meet, many are losing their homes here in California. This is where YAS comes in. We are trying to help those who are the working poor and those who are struggling at least with the basic need of food. I can’t even imagine what is happening in Japan right now, the loss of life, very little shelter and in very cold temperatures. We need to be thankful for every little bit of help we each receive.
updated 3/15/2011 7:50:16 PM ET
SAN BRUNO, Calif. — School districts in California have issued nearly 19,000 layoff notices so far to teachers amid uncertainty over the state budget, the California Teachers Association estimated Tuesday.
March 9th, 2011, 1:00 am · 6 Comments · posted by Mary Ann Milbourn
California’s economy has shifted from slow into low with the unemployment rate expected to be in double digits until 2013, a UCLA economist forecast today.
Jerry Nickelsburg said in UCLA’s California quarterly economic forecast that anticipated job growth pulled back in the fourth quarter of last year and will remain weak in the first part of 2011. He expects job creation to gain speed later this year and into 2012.
As a result, Nickelsburg revised his predictions for statewide job growth down to 1.1% this year from the 1.6% rate initially forecast last fall.
“The recovery is unfolding much as we predicted and, as a consequence, our forecast is very close to those of the last year,” Nickelsburg said. “Those forecasts were for a sluggish, but ever improving jobs pictures. While that is what we are seeing, the improvements we were forecasting, dismal though they were, were not quite dismal enough.”
Wall Street Journal By CAROLINE HENSHAW
LONDON—World food prices rose 2.2% in February from the previous month to a record peak, the United Nations’ food body said Thursday, as it warned that volatility in oil markets could push prices even higher.
The Food and Agriculture Organization price index rose by 2.2%—the eighth consecutive rise since June—to an average of 236 points last month, the highest record in real and nominal terms since the agency started monitoring prices in 1990.
Global cereal supplies are also expected to tighten sharply this year due low stock levels, the FAO said. The body raised its estimate for world cereal production in 2010 by eight million metric tons from its December estimate to 2.2 billion tons but said it expects that to be outpaced by an 18 million-ton increase in world consumption.
Published: March 2, 2011
Updated: 6:19 a.m.
By JON CASSIDY
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
COSTA MESA – The City Council said goodbye to retiring City Manager Allan Roeder Tuesday evening, then set about dismantling the operation he’s spent the last 25 years running.
Hundreds of the employees that Roeder’s deputies have brought in over the years could soon be out of work. The council voted 4-1, with Wendy Leece dissenting, to send layoff notices to workers in 18 different offices, from maintenance to information technology to payroll.
I know who is standing in our lines. Bless all these people who are out of work. YAS has had an increase in elderly coming to get food, it breaks my heart.