Perhaps you had guessed that there are a large number of veterans living in Santa Cruz County, but did you know that the estimated total of veterans in the county is around 800? This number is no surprise to Donna Lua of Veteran’s Outreach, who serves lunch and provides a pantry for up to 60 veterans on Wednesdays, using food from Second Harvest Food Bank.
Donna began Veterans Outreach two years ago, hosting a lunch at the Veteran’s Service Office on Emeline Ave. A year later, she added a pantry to the lunch. This year, the lunch has moved to the Veteran’s Memorial Building on Front St. in downtown Santa Cruz. The move has expanded the outreach, as more veterans are able to commute to the downtown location.
The veterans are grateful to receive a healthy, home-cooked meal that is not out of a box. For some of them, it is the only hot meal they eat all week. On a rainy day in February, Donna and her five volunteers are serving spaghetti with meat sauce and vegetables, with a tossed salad on the side. About 80% of the food used in the meal comes from Second Harvest Food Bank.
After the meal, the veterans are able to “shop” in the pantry for the week’s groceries. Veteran’s Outreach partners with a program for veterans called Wednesday One Stop Shopping, where veterans can come to the Veteran Memorial Building on Wednesdays for a meal, groceries, medical services, housing services, etc. Donna’s hope is that the meal will nourish them, as many of the veterans go without a balanced diet.
It all comes back to that burning question of how so many who serve our country now go without basic needs. Donna tells me, “I’m drawn to service work because I want to serve those that served us. I’ve learned so much about them.” Providing healthy foods for veterans indeed is a step toward improving post-war quality of life.
The following Santa Maria Foods Corporation products are subject to recall: [View Labels (PDF Only)]
11.1-oz. “Sopressata Salami” bearing package code “2014AL30”
5.1-lbs. “MASTRO Milano Salami” bearing package code “2014JN17”
5.3-lbs. “MASTRO Calabrese Salami Hot” bearing package code “2014JL08” or “2014JN17”
8.4-lbs. “MASTRO Sopressata Round” bearing package code “2014JL22”
2.6-lbs. “MASTRO Sopressata Salami” bearing package code “2014JL09”
13.3-lbs. “MASTRO Mortadella with Pistachios” bearing package code “2014AL09”
15.0-lbs. “MASTRO Jambon de Paris Cooked Ham Jambon Cuit” bearing package code “2014AL05,” “2014AL10,” “2014AL10,” “2014AL10” or “2014AL22”
16.8-lbs. “MASTRO Mortadella” bearing package code “2014MR20”
Packages will bear the Canadian establishment number “340” or “224.” The products were distributed into commerce in Arizona, California and Florida. The products were also exported by the US distributor to Australia, Tahiti, New Zealand, Fiji and Thailand.
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When shopping in the distribution center align all of the barcodes on your cart in the same direction to make it easy for the scanners at check-out. See example below:
“Prime Snax Incorporated, a Salt Lake City, Utah establishment, is recalling approximately 90,000 pounds of beef jerky products because of misbranding and an undeclared allergen.” For full details on recall visit: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/recall-case-archive/archive/2014/recall-014-2014-release
You may have heard of the Rancho Feeding Corporation’s recall, the following products is a list of the products s affected:
• “Beef Carcasses” (wholesale and custom sales only)
• 2 per box “Beef (Market) Heads” (retail only)
• 4-gallons per box “Beef Blood” (wholesale only)
• 20-lb. boxes of “Beef Oxtail”
• 30-lb. boxes of “Beef Cheeks”
• 30-lb. boxes of ” Beef Lips”
• 30-lb. boxes of “Beef Omasum”
• 30-lb. boxes of “Beef Tripas”
• 30-lb. boxes of “Mountain Oysters”
• 30-lb. boxes of “Sweet Breads”
• 30- and 60-lb. boxes of “Beef Liver”
• 30- and 60-lb. boxes of “Beef Tripe”
• 30- and 60-lb. boxes of “Beef Tongue”
• 30- and 60-lb. boxes of “Veal Cuts”
• 40-lb. boxes of “Veal Bones”
• 50-lb. boxes of “Beef Feet”
• 50-lb. boxes of “Beef Hearts”
• 60-lb. boxes of “Veal Trim”
For details, please visit http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/recall-case-archive/archive/2014/recall-013-2014-release
To make sure you have sufficient time to plan for shopping, online ordering, or reschedule a distribution here is a list of holiday and administrative dates we will be closed for in 2014. Keep a copy handy and mark you calendar! Holiday Schedule 2014