As coffee prices skyrocket, local coffee shops struggle with financial burden

WASHINGTON, Ill. (WMBD) — Coffee lovers are in for a rude awakening as coffee prices are on the rise.

“Coffee is, on the world market, it’s the second-largest commodity. It’s traded next to petroleum,” said Yvonne Andresen.

Andresen is the owner of The Blend in Washington. She said she first noticed a spike in prices back in April 2021.

“It soared to a five-year high,” Andresen said.

The hike in prices has plenty of causes. The market is primarily controlled by Brazil, responsible for 30% of global coffee exports. Brazil experienced a severe drought, the “worst dry spell in

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Capito, Manchin Announce $704k to Support Local Farmers, Encourage Healthy Food Purchases among Snap Participants

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $650,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to the West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition for the West Virginia Lettuce Support SNAP Stretch project. This funding is allocated through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 and will work to incentivize and increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables among families participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The project also supports both local West Virginia farmers and families by allowing their SNAP dollars to

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GROW San Mateo and Samaritan House Food Pharmacy provide healthy food | Local News

GROW San Mateo formed as a collective project to provide free healthy food to promote a healthier lifestyle and educate people on the importance of fresh produce.

Bill Schildknecht started the GROW San Mateo project in March of 2019 for a collection of local gardeners grow and donate fresh produce. He learned about the Samaritan House Food Pharmacy that summer, which is a part of the organization’s free medical clinic, and began a partnership. In the spring of this year, it started to host a table at the two food pharmacy clinics in San Mateo and Redwood City.

“I think

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NC food program to expand, providing food boxes to more people and investing in farms | Business Local

“When the shutdowns were happening, there were farmers markets and restaurants closing down, and a little bit of panic was setting in,” Miller said. “It put farmers in a bind. They were now without those immediate markets to sell their products.”

CFSA organizers also began considering those who had lost their jobs during the pandemic. Eventually, the association partnered with the Piedmont Culinary Guild, a forum for farmers and culinary professionals. Soon thereafter, they began working with local food hubs to sign up laid-off restaurant and hospitality workers to receive produce boxes.

Jesse Leadbetter, co-founder of Charlotte-based foodhub and delivery

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