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9 Inspiring Ways To Address Covid-19 Hunger

Food Photo For Food Insecurity Article

Photo by Obi Onyeador on Unsplash

article by Marisa D. Aceves

In a matter of months, our world has changed. Job opportunities are shrinking, and once-profitable food, hospitality, and entertainment industries have almost collapsed. Edison Research Poll discovered that after the announcement of the Covid-19 pandemic, 44% of Americans fear they will not be able to afford food. Numbers are even higher, they say, for people earning less than $50,000 like gig workers and those newly unemployed. (Fields, 2020) May Lynn Tan, Assistant Deputy Director for E4 and manager of several food assistance initiatives, recognizes the immediate threat that rapid and consistent unemployment has on the general population. Households with children, older adults, and people with disabilities are especially vulnerable because closed schools, daycare centers, and senior centers have eliminated a regular source of meals. (Tan, 2020) Learning to become self-sufficient, and provide your family with a sustainable, steady food supply, especially during difficult times, is critical. Now is the time to work together to support our communities with valuable resources focused on food recovery, a new, earth-friendly method of food production, and reliable methods of distribution.

Here are some creative, community-based ways you can improve food insecurity in your area.


1. Grow Your Food

The National Gardening Association (NGA) says that 35 percent of families in the United States are growing food at home or in a shared community garden. This report indicates that more people of all ages, especially young people, are learning to grow their food. (Scatterday, 2017)

Growing food for the first time can be intimidating, but it will improve your health, lessen your carbon footprint, and save you money.Commercial farming employs a lot of pesticides and insecticides that the EPA considers carcinogenic. Gardening allows you to control what you apply to your produce. Even if you lack a green thumb, there are plenty of helpful tutorials online to guide you through the process. You’ll learn which vegetables grow well in your area, tips on watering, fertilizing, and harvesting. In addition to improving the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, gardening has the added benefit of helping you get extra exercise throughout the day.


2. Create Community Gardens in Urban Spaces and Food Deserts

While growth in gardening is spectacular, Mike Metallo, President, and CEO of the NGA said that many people lack access to nutritious food regularly. Millions of children in America go hungry. The frequent occurrence of food deserts is a contributing factor to obesity and malnutrition. (Scatterday, 2017)

Urban agriculture has a unique solution for this ongoing challenge. It proposes that communities raise money to help people in urban areas use vacant lots to grow food for the neighborhood. For example, the Vacant Lot toolkit, located in Pittsburgh, helps residents legally access empty lots to grow food, flowers, and rain gardens. Bjorn Low, leader of a grow-your-own-food-movement, co-founded Edible Garden City to address food security hardships in Singapore. (Ashoka, 2018)

Food deserts, where residents have little to no access to grocery stores or healthy food alternatives, can apply the same lot programs as urban centers. Funding from Non-profits will provide the money needed to make these programs a reality.


3. Increase the Accessibility Of Nutritious Food In Charitable And Food Assistance Programs

Across the country, food assistance programs provide a much-needed food source for families living below or at the poverty level. Wealthier members of your state or community could make frequent donations to your local food bank or other charitable organizations that handle food service. For example, The Texas Food Bank, located near San Antonio, Texas, provides food for San Antonio residents and surrounding counties. They have gardens for growing fresh vegetables, but also receive many donations from individuals and families. A dependable flow of volunteers helps them to serve counties outside the city.


4. Know the Food Insecure Areas In Your State

Each state and county must have a map or report of all the food insecure areas. Volunteers, businesses, and state employees can create targeted programs to help people meet their needs. Not all regions will require the same types of foods or the same amount of assistance. Making weekly, monthly, and annual reports to determine the issues that arise due to job instability, health concerns, and unforeseen economic conditions will benefit struggling community members.


5. Understand How Climate Change Affects The Type Of Food That Grows Well In Your Area

Jason Clay, the senior vice president of market transformation for WWF, predicts that in the short-term, the concentration will be on climate-smart agriculture. However, in 10 to 20 years, the focus will switch to rotating crops. (Gould, 2014)

Be aware of the type of crops that grow well in your areas or zones. Planting fruits or vegetables that fail to thrive in your area could result in disaster. The successful growth and distribution of plants are reliant on the understanding of how climate change affects native crops. The hardiest and most pest-resistant are the ones you need to focus on cultivating.


6. Minimize Food Waste

Create or give to programs that support distributing surplus food from businesses or schools to local shelters and food distribution centers. Grocery stores in your area could donate canned fruits, vegetables, and box meals to charities. Schools could get permission from the local government to use extra food to create meals for hungry children and adults living within the school district.


7. Produce Local Food Donation Drives And Fund Raisers

Your neighborhood or community could raise money each month to combat state hunger issues. Food donation drives during the summer, Thanksgiving, and Christmas would help to alleviate suffering during peak holidays, a time when people are already more likely to give. Early fall, when children are returning to school, is also a perfect time to start a fundraiser or donation drive. Teachers and administrators could reach out to parents that are having difficulty feeding their families and make a private list.


8. Create Programs That Teach Sustainable Foraging and Eating Wild

Foraging is the practice of gathering edible plant species where you live.
These plants, when correctly identified and harvested, can be added to savory salads, soups, stews, and any other dish you can imagine. Wild food also has more essential minerals and vitamins. If you’re looking for creative ways to get exercise, foraging is the perfect combination of hiking and gardening. To ensure optimum health, find a mentor to teach you which plants are safe for consumption and which ones to avoid.

Here are some excellent books on the subject that you can acquire from popular online or local booksellers.


Wild Remedies: How to Forage Healing Foods and Craft Your Own Herbal Medicine
The Scout’s Guide to Wild Edibles: Learn How to Forage, Prepare & Eat 40 Wild Foods
The Forager’s Harvest: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants
Backyard Foraging: 65 Familiar Plants You Didn’t Know You Could Eat 

In addition to foraging, you can also learn to eat wild. Eating Wild is the process of getting whole nutrition from modern food by choosing animal food sources that are 100% grass-fed. These types of foods help to increase health and fight disease. Buying from farmers’ markets and learning to select wholesome foods raised by local farmers that are pesticide-free is necessary for improving peoples’ overall nutrition as well as the environment. Providing local farms dedicated to safe food production and humane treatment of animals with tax breaks can ease the rising cost of food at your grocery store.


9. Start A Local Heirloom Seed Bank

Invite mentors, volunteers, and families in need to participate in a program focused on preserving heirloom seeds. Food insecure families, as well as other members in your area, could use these seeds to help grow healthy, nutrition-packed fruits and vegetables for themselves and their community. Before you preserve seed varieties, make sure you know whether or not the plant is a hybrid or an open-pollinated variety. Only open-pollinated or heirloom varieties can continue to produce crops for generations.

Here are a few informative websites and books to help you get started.


Start Your Own Heirloom Seed Vault:
Personal Seed Bank:
How To Organize A Community Seed Bank:


The Complete Guide to Saving Seeds: 322 Vegetables, Herbs, Fruits, Flowers, Trees, and Shrubs
Heirloom Seed Saving Handbook: Your Personal Survival Seed Bank

While you may not have all the answers to eliminating food insecurity, you can make a concerted effort to tackle the serious issues that surround it. Steady progress and a healthy amount of persistence will help you and your community to address ongoing setbacks in the fight to improve the environment and end world hunger. Learning about the root causes of crop failure and lack of adequate nutrition and distribution will aid in producing a wholesome food supply.


Bibliographic Citations For Sustainable Foods Article

Tan, May Lynn. “Food security during a pandemic and beyond: how research can support action.”Evidence For Action, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 23 April 2020,


Fields, Samantha. “44 % Of Americans Fear They Won’t Be Able to Afford Food, Poll Finds.”Marketplace, American Public Media, 7 May 2020,

Scatterday, Allysan. “Gardening Boom: 1 in 3 American Households Grow Food.”Farmer Foodshare, Farmer Foodshare,  15, June 2017, .

Ashoka. “Bjorn Low – Edible Garden City: Ashoka: Everyone a Changemaker.”Ashoka, Ashoka, 18, June 2020,

Gould Hannah. “10 things you need to know about sustainable agriculture.”The Guardian, Guardian News and Media, 1, July 2014,

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5 Free Nutrition Apps You Can’t Live Without

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article by Marisa D. Aceves

Are you busy trying to find easy ways to manage your weight and dietary needs during Covid-19? Has constant isolation and meal monotony got you down? We’ve found the perfect solution for you and your family! These time-saving nutrition apps will help you set your weight loss goals, monitor your food intake, and provide you with a wealth of yummy recipe ideas to keep hunger at bay and satisfy your creative desire for variety.

1. Fooducate

Cost: Free for basic Plan, Pro Plan $9.99 per month

Platform: Apple only

Compatibility: iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

Rating: 4.7/5

Languages: English

Company: Fooducate Ltd.

Adjusting your diet when you have diabetes and other health-related restrictions can be difficult. Fooducate teaches you how to eat healthfully.

In addition to monitoring your food and exercise, you can search its extensive database to help you make the best snack and meal choices.

The apps’ health-conscious community, allows you to share recipes, learn helpful diet tips, and join a supportive group of people with similar goals.

2. ControlMyWeight

Cost: Free

Platform: Apple only

Compatibility: iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Rating: 4.6/5

Languages: English

Company: CalorieKing Wellness Solutions, Inc.

According to the CalorieKing company, its ControlMyWeight food and exercise diary app is not only amazingly user-friendly, but it’s also the most accurate.

Setting your weight loss and management targets is simple; you can even use the app offline!

Along with a handy barcode scanner, you can also determine the number of calories in popular recipes.

Besides monitoring calories and fat intake, the app measures carbohydrate consumption, sugar, protein, and fiber.

3. Noom

Cost: Basic Plan Free, Pro Plan $9.99 a month, $44.99 per year

Platform: Apple and Android

Compatibility: Apple – iOS 10.3 or later, available in the app store for iPhone, Android – 6.0 and up

Rating: 4.7/5 Apple store, 4.3/5 Google Play


English, German, Japanese, Korean, Spanish

Company: Noom, Inc.

This unique app uses a psychological approach to help you achieve your overall health and weight loss goals. Based on science-backed behavior modification techniques, the company’s effective program utilizes the assistance of doctors, psychologists, nutritionists, and personal trainers to fashion a program geared to your specific requirements.

Instead of focusing on the latest diet trends, it teaches you to forget about good and bad foods, challenging you to embrace moderation to reach your goals and maintain desired results.

Supportive coaches will help you to understand the motivation behind your decisions, encouraging you to strive for self-awareness and a healthy mindset.

Learn to create healthier habits that are in keeping with your ambitions and circumstances.

4. Lifesum: Diet & Macro Tracker

Cost: Basic Plan Free, Premium Plan $44.99 per year

Platform: Apple and Android

Compatibility: Apple – iOS 11.2 and watchOS 3.0 or later, the app available in-app store for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch, Android – Varies with device

Rating: 4.6/5 Apple store, 4.5/5 Google Play


English, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Norwegian Bokmål, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish

Company: Lifesum, Inc.

Whether you wish to try Keto, Paleo, Mediterranean, or Vegan, Lifesum helps you find a diet plan that’s right for you.

With four pre-planned meal ideas a day, you can easily track calories, carbohydrates, protein, and more, motivating you to stick to your goals.

Scan items at the grocery store with the apps barcode scanner to determine the nutritional value of the foods you buy.

Customize your health regimen by adding your favorite recipes and exercise routines.

5. Chronometer Nutrition Tracker

Cost: Basic Plan Free, Gold Plan $6.99 per month, and Gold Subscription $39.99 per year

Platform: Apple and Android

Compatibility: Apple – iOS 11.0 or later, available in the app store for iPhone, and iPad, Android – 5.0 and up

Rating: 4.8/5 Apple store, 4.6/5 Google Play

Languages: English

Company: Cronometer Software, Inc.

The chronometer supports a variety of diets. It allows you to measure as many as 82 micronutrients to ensure that you receive unbiased, accurate information about your dietary choices. The free Basic Plan provides more nutritional information than similar apps.

Catalog restaurant foods, record your water intake and enter daily supplements.

It syncs with a variety of fitness trackers, like Fitbit, Garmin, and Withings.

Get diet support with the apps intermittent fasting monitor and keto calculator.

Examine your dietary progress from start to maintenance and print the results for physicians and health care providers.

Experience the encouragement and support of Chronometers’ active community forums.

The app’s staff of web developers, nutritionists, and personal trainers provide exceptional customer support and timely advice to help you with your journey.

Exercise, a positive mindset, and a nutritious diet are key elements in maintaining our art business practices. It’s not easy to venture out and make changes, especially during a pandemic, but for some of us, it’s a matter of life and death. When it comes to our art, health is not an option, its a necessity.

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7 Best Free Mobile Apps For Diabetes

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article by Marisa D. Aceves

Having diabetes is an unwelcome challenge you wish you could erase forever or paint away. Never mind, art supplies, your treatment is expensive. What will you do during a pandemic to preserve your budget and address the threat of this constant intruder? Improve your diet and organize your medical needs with these seven free diabetes management apps. Because everyone knows you’d rather be in the studio.

 1. Glucose Buddy

Cost: Basic Plan Free and Paid Premium Plan $5.00 per month or $59.00 per year

Platform: Apple and Android

Compatibility: Apple iOS 11.0 or later available in App Store with iPhone and Android 5.0 and up available in Google Play Store

Rating: 4.8/5 in Apple Store 4.0/5 in Google Play Store


English, Arabic, Catalan, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Norwegian Bokmål, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese

Company: Azumio, Inc.

This award-winning app provides the tools you need for your diabetes management all in one place.

You can calculate your blood sugar, insulin medication, and diet as well as evaluate your overall health with a daily progress report.

Glucose Buddy makes it possible for you to gain access to your records from all of your mobile and desktop devices.

If you need extra support and motivation to stay on track, it automatically links you with a large community of people determined to live a healthy lifestyle.

2. Health2Sync

Cost: Free Membership, 1-Month Premium Membership, 3-Month Premium Membership, and 6-Month Premium Membership

Platform: Apple only

Compatibility: Apple iOS 11.0 or later. Use on your iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch – app available for iPhone, but not Android.

Rating: 4.7/5 in Apple Store

Languages: English, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese

Company: H2, Inc.

*Family Sharing available for this app. 6 family members can use the app.

Health2Sync claims to aid diabetes management by making monitoring blood sugar more meaningful.

Detailed records on your blood glucose, blood pressure, weight, activeness, personal notes, and photos provide a holistic approach to treatment.

You can also upload many glucose records all at once.

The ability to data sync to different compatible mobile devices is a handy feature that helps you take control of your health.

Partner Care links you to family, friends, and supportive individuals to encourage you.

Personalized Care sends you daily reminders and helpful information on dietary adjustments.

3. MySugr

Cost: Free and Pro Plans

Pro Plan is $2.99/month or $27.99 a year

Platform: Apple and Android

Compatibility: Apple iOS 11.4 or later, available in the Apple Store for iPhone only, Android 5.0 and up,

Rating: 4.7/5 in Apple Store, 4.6/5 Google Play


English, Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian Bokmål, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish

Company: mySugr GmbH

With over 2 million users worldwide, the creators of the MySugar app understand your questions and concerns because they also have diabetes.

Included in their many features are diabetes coaching, dietary information, helpful tips, exercise advice, blood sugar, food tracking, and medication records.

Encouraging challenges and advice guide you to strive for better health.

In its basic form, MySugr is a free app, but if you wish to access more of its useful features, like blood glucose reminders, PDF or Excel reports, and insulin calculator, $2.99 a month is less than your favorite Starbucks coffee drink.

4. OneTouch Reveal

Cost: Free

Platform: Apple and Android

Compatibility: Apple iOS 11.0 or later, available in-app store for use with iPhone and iPad exclusively and Android 5.0 and up

Rating: 4.7/5 in Apple Store, 4.1/5 in Google Play

Languages:  English, Croatian, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Slovenian, Spanish, Vietnamese

Company: LifeScan, Inc.

Touted as the most downloaded diabetes app worldwide in 2019, One Touch Reveal helps more than a million people take control of their diabetes.

It syncs effortlessly with the Verio Reflect meter and the Verio Flex meter to simplify your blood sugar tracking.

Another innovative feature, Colorsure Technology, monitors your blood sugar patterns.

Also, the apps Blood Sugar Mentor helps you to understand your glucose results and the necessary steps you need to take to improve your health.

The A1C Comparator allows you to compare your lab results with your blood sugar average for the last 90 days.

5. Diabetes M

Cost: Basic PlanFree Plan, Premium Plan -$2.99 a month or 49.99 per year

Platform: Apple and Android

Compatibility: Apple – iOS 9, WatchOS 3.0 or later, available in-app store for use with iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch, and Android -5.0 and up

Rating: 4.6/5 in Apple Store 4.5/5 in Google Play

Languages: English, Bulgarian, Catalan, Danish, German, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Company: Sirma Medical Systems JSC

The Diabetes M app looks after all of your diabetes needs.

Its’ handy, cleanly designed Logbook allows you to catalog glucose readings, daily carbohydrate intake, and insulin treatments. One of the apps’ most novel features is its’ ability to track the areas of your body where you inject insulin and the places on your fingers where you test blood sugar levels.

Detailed charts and graphs give you insight into the meaning of your data.

6.  Dario

Cost: Basic Plan – Free,

Platform: Apple and Android 

Compatibility: iOS 10.0 or later, available in-app store for use with iPhone and Android 7.0 and up

Rating: 4.9/5 in Apple Store, 4.3/5 in Google Play

Languages: English, Arabic, Burmese, Cambodian, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Filipino, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Laotian, Malay, Norwegian Bokmål, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Vietnamese

Company: LabStyle Innovation LTD

If you’re pressed for time and hate unnecessary distractions, you’ll love Dario. Its’ convenient, lightweight meter easily attaches to your phone.

In addition to being a diabetes tracker, you can use it in conjunction with the Dario Blood Pressure Monitoring System. Measuring your blood sugar level and blood pressure has never been easier.

Gain valuable insights into food choices and activities that will boost your health. Periodic encouragement helps motivate you to stick to your goals.

Share your up-to-date diabetic measurements with your family and physicians by tapping the share button and choosing a contact.

7. GLog: Glucose Logbook

Cost: Free 

Platform: Apple and Android

Compatibility: iOS 11.0 or later, available in-app store for use with iPhone and iPad and Android 5.0 and up

Rating: 4.7/5 in Apple Store, 4.4/5 in Google Play


Company: Stella Domus, LLC

From blood sugar levels to blood pressure, Glucose Logbook easily tracks your diabetes measurements.

With helpful daily, weekly, and monthly charts, you can stay on top of your health needs.

You can even email detailed Excel or CVS reports of your progress to your physician or health care provider, export your information to iOS files, iTunes, another application, or your Mac by AirDrop.

Glog’s simple, user-friendly interface makes it the perfect choice for non-techies and busy people.

While diabetes trackers are not for everyone, they can save you time, money, and hours of frustration. Free Basic Plans introduce you to useful tools for diabetes management you may not have considered. Give one a try and discover their benefits for yourself.