Friday, January 29, 2016

New Bill to Address Diaper Need for Low-Income Families

One in three families struggle with diaper need, and the poorest 20 percent of families spend 14 percent of their income on diapers. A lack of clean diapers can affect the physical well-being of young children, as well as cause considerable stress for parents and guardians. It can also prohibit families form accessing child care, since many child care providers require parents to provide clean diapers for their children.

The ​Hygiene Assistance for Families of Infants and Toddlers Act (H.R. 4055), recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives, will address these needs by creating a demonstration program for distributing diapers to low-income families. It will allow states the flexibility in developing and implementing their diaper distribution program, revealing the best ways to help eligible families access diapers for their young children.

What you can do:
Feeding America and Good Shepherd Food Bank have joined other national, state, and local organizations such as the National Diaper Bank Network, in support of this bill.
Please click here to add your organization's name and state to the letter of support.
The deadline for signing is Friday, February 5, 2016.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Food Recalls (2)

Trader Joe's Cashew Pieces & Fresh Express Baby Spinach

Good Shepherd Food Bank has received notifications about 2 recalls of product which you may have received in a donation or in a retail pick-up:

Trader Joe's Cashew Pieces (with picture) 

Please check your inventory and incoming donations for these products.  Follow disposal/refund guidelines on the recall notice.

Thank you for your quick attention.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Food Recall -- Cape Cod Provisions Candy

Please check your inventory for the following product that has been recalled!

Cape Cod Provisions LLC of Pocasset, MA is recalling Cape Cod Cranberry Candy™ and Harvest Sweets™ Milk Chocolate/Dark Chocolate/Yogurt Covered Cranberry Blend (mix of all three varieties in the package) because they may contain undeclared yogurt covered almonds. These products can further be identified by their UPC codes; Cape Cod Cranberry Candy™ UPC 6 12681 10259 3 and Harvest Sweets™ UPC 6 12681 44259 0. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to almonds run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

You may have received this product in a donation or food drive.  Please check your inventory for product with this label and check it against the UPC codes listed above.

Good Shepherd Food Bank issues recalls when instructed by the USDA and Feeding America as soon as we receive details of the affected product(s).  Information may be distributed to our partner agencies through posting on Primarius Web Windows online ordering, blog posts and/or emails to all agencies. You must inspect your inventory for recalled products before your next distribution of food. Recalled food that has been purchased should be returned in accordance with the recall instructions.  Recalled food that was donated to your program should be disposed of in a way that people will not be able to consume it (locked dumpster, for example).
GSFB Network is a blog for partner agencies of Good Shepherd Food Bank focused on feeding Maine's hungry.