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S’Cool Bus bringing meals to students in need

S’Cool Bus bringing meals to students in need

Santa Rosa County’s free summer lunch program got a boost Nov. 7 with the rollout of Sodexo’s new S’Cool Bus, a mobile cafeteria created from an old school bus. Sodexo is the food contractor for Santa Rosa School District. In addition to supplying breakfasts, lunches, snacks and even dinners to hungry students during the school […]

Summer Break Spot offers free lunches for all children

Summer Break Spot offers free lunches for all children

Children throughout Santa Rosa County are guaranteed free lunch and breakfast thanks to the Summer Break Spot free meal program, as long as they can get to where the meals are served. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) funds school districts nationwide to provide free, nutritious meals to anyone under 18 years old even when […]

Three Santa Rosa farms honored for environmental practices

Three Santa Rosa farms honored for environmental practices

Three Santa Rosa-based farmers and ranchers have been honored for their environmentally sound practices with a County Alliance for Responsible Environmental Stewardship (CARES) award. Recipients were Alan Edwards of Alan Edwards Farms, Tyler Brown of Brown Farms and Trent Mathews of Sweet Season Farms. The awards were handed out Sept. 6 at the Jay Civic […]

Food pantry shelves running low

Food pantry shelves running low

Along State Road 87 is a food pantry that’s been serving the community for 18 years. Recently, however, things changed significantly for ACTS Ministries when they dropped USDA due to certain stipulations the organization holds. “We’re a church, we’re a ministry. We couldn’t pray with people, we couldn’t minister to them,” said Pastor Doug Barber […]

Gulf ‘dead zone’ reaches record size

Gulf ‘dead zone’ reaches record size

Although scientists predicted the Gulf of Mexico’s “dead zone” would grow bigger this year, they did not expect it to be the largest ever recorded. But that is the case, according to a report issued this month by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The zone, which consists of water so depleted of oxygen […]

5 ways to naturally combat osteoporosis

5 ways to naturally combat osteoporosis

More than half of the folks in America over the age of 50 suffer with either osteoporosis or low bone mass. That is not good news. The worldwide incidence of hip fracture in men is projected to increase by 310 percent and 240 percent in women by the year 2050 according to the International Osteoporosis […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Nov. 10

Five Things to Know in Florida for Nov. 10

ENDANGERED DEER GET MEDICATION STATIONS TO FIGHT SCREWWORMS Anti-parasitic feeding troughs baited with sweet corn, oats and other grains are being deployed deep inside the National Key Deer Refuge. U.S. Department of Agriculture spokeswoman Joanna Davis says this provides another layer of protection to the endangered herd. The agency has been releasing sterile male screwworm […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Oct. 19

Five Things to Know in Florida for Oct. 19

DESPITE STORMS FLORIDA HURRICANE FUND REMAINS IN GOOD SHAPE Anne Bert, the chief operating officer of the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund, said preliminary estimates predict that the fund will pay out less than $200 million for Hurricane Matthew. Bert said it appears there will likely be only minimal payouts associated with Hurricane Hermine. NEW POOL […]

Food globalization and your health

Food globalization and your health

Problems with tainted food don’t only affect children and adults; pets can be severely impacted also. Pets in the U.S. started getting sick or dying around 2008. According to the FDA website, as of Sept. 30, 2014, it has received approximately 5,000 complaints of illness associated with consumption of chicken, duck, or sweet potato jerky […]