Food Banks That Churches Count On Are Challenged By Rising Demand, Spoilage Issues

BeBevCo Announces Partnership With Food City Grocery Chain for 105 Stores

Once at the church, Nwaneri said he would make sure that the meat and vegetables were distributed quickly after all, such precious food shouldnt go to waste. Video Bishop Godfrey Nwaneri of Divine Grace Mission discusses what it’s like to work closely with a food bank to feed those in need. (Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post) – Gerri Magruder, executive director of Helping Hands Ministry at the First Baptist Church of Capitol Heights, is pictured at the Capitol Area Food Bank. We try to shop very close to the distribution day so the perishables would not spoil, said Nwaneri, who hands out food on the first Saturday of every month. The Maryland pastor is part of a network of more than 500partner agencies that distribute 45 million pounds of food to more than 500,000 people across the Washington area each year. And although the distribution includes bread, cereal and canned goods, there is increasing focus among church food banks to supply fresh vegetables and meat for the good health of those in need. Fresh food thats the key to lowering high blood pressure and diabetes, said Jeri Bailey, director of the food pantry at the Dupont Park Seventh-Day Adventist Church, who was at the food bank the same day as Nwaneri. We prepare bags for 130families a week that includes a meat, fresh greens, canned goods and other items, Bailey said. But the distribution of fresh food means extra attention must be paid to ensuring that the donated perishables dont spoil. Nearly 36 million tons of food were wasted nationally in 2011, said Nancy Roman, president of the Capital Area Food Bank. Roman recently helped organize a summit in Alexandria to address how local churches and organizations can reduce food spoilage. Participants included Ben Simon, founder of the Food Recovery Network at the University of Maryland; Elise H. Golan, director for sustainable development at the Department of Agriculture; Tom ODonnell, an environmental scientist for the Environmental Protection Agency; and Meghan Stasz, director of sustainability for the Grocery Manufacturers Association, which represents such major brands as Kraft, General Mills and Nestle.

But, in 2012, these elements were generally controlled and good sense prevailed in markets. The importance of linkages between food and energy markets has been recognized and the costly biofuel policies implicated in pushing up food prices in recent years are being questioned in a number of countries, including the USA. In another change, widespread public outrage over excessive speculation with food prices led many banks to review their positions and made some of them publically renounce that practice. In fact, today, speculation on futures markets seems to have diminished and played little role in recent price volatility. It could, however, re-emerge depending on financial and monetary conditions, so we need to ensure that these markets are transparent and suitably regulated. Different ways to avoid excessive price volatility and to guarantee availability of food are also being discussed, with the setting up food reserves as an option. Does the current situation mean that our food price problems are over? No. International prices are still higher than their historical trend — higher than the peak in 2008, for example. On the other hand, regardless of price levels, excessive price volatility presents additional challenges, especially for small-scale farmers in developing countries with restricted access to financial mechanisms to contain the impacts of low or negative returns. The G20 Leaders’ Declaration at the St Petersburg Summit was right to recognize that the agricultural market situation still needs close attention. It is important to recall that the rise in food prices that started in 2006 came after three decades of falling prices that brought the agricultural sector in many poor and developing countries to its knees.

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Markets close in 4 hrs 16 mins Stock Watch BeBevCo Announces Partnership With Food City Grocery Chain for 105 Stores NASCAR Sponsorships Pay Dividends as Distribution Deal Includes KOMA Unwind Drinks and Shots to Tri-State Area Press Release: BeBevCo. 1 hour 59 minutes ago 0.0024 0.0000 STATESVILLE, N.C., Oct 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Bebida Beverage Company (OTC markets: BBDA) (BeBevCo), announced today that the Company has signed a partnership agreement with the Virginia-based supermarket chain, Food City. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130718/PH49528LOGO ) The partnership includes KOMA Unwind Relaxation drinks and shots to be carried by 105 grocery and convenience stores in Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee. This agreement was the result of KOMA Unwind friends involved in NASCAR. Food City is very community-oriented and involved in local efforts and has partners with farmers in Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee which bring local produce to its customers while helping local farmers. The Food City name has also become synonymous with NASCAR racing in the area with its sponsorship of two of the sport’s most popular races, the Food City 500 and Food City 250 at the Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. As the second longest running sponsor in NASCAR, Food City has also contributed over half a million dollars to local organizations through its annual Family Race Night events. Going into its third season, KOMA Unwind has been the title sponsor of Chris Lafferty’s Motorsports TV. Lafferty, also a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver has a good relationship with Food City and thus played a strategic role in helping unite the partnership. “I’m very thankful to Chris (Lafferty) for helping solidify our new relationship with Food City,” said BeBevCo CEO Brian Weber. “Our KOMA Unwind racing program has opened so many doors, it just proves how valuable our relationships with the teams and drivers truly is.” Food City and K-VA-T Food Stores, Inc. ranked 40th on the latest (2008) Progressive Grocer’s list of America’s 50 Largest Supermarket Chains, 55th on Supermarket News “Top 75 North American Food Retailers” (January, 2008) with over 1.6 billion dollars in sales and 269th on Forbes Magazine’s “List of the largest privately-held companies in 2007”. Weber added, “Food City, which covers the region from Knoxville up the Appalachian Trail, and BeBevCo now have a partnership we have been working diligently on for a number of months. This distribution agreement alone gives us a strong return on our investment with regards to Motorsports sponsorships and a fantastic increase toour revenues. Food City and many of our other distributors are impressed with our massive sampling campaigns. There is no better way to market a beverage product, than to have the public actually see and taste it.” Weber concluded, “It is incredibly rewarding when we hit a new market and the flurry of new KOMA Unwind lovers’ emails arrive, thanking us for such an amazing product and how it helps them deal with their sleep and / or their stress issues.” Unite with KOMA Unwind for its “relaxation revolution” by joining us on Facebook ( Facebook.com/KOMAUnwind ) and following us on Twitter @KOMAUnwindNews. For those consumers who still cannot find KOMA Unwind and our other products locally, please visit our website and Amazon.com to place an order.