Recall Notice:Fresh Express Issues Recall of Limited Quantity of Already Expired Italian Salad Due to Possible Health Risk, No Illnesses Cited, March 28, 2014


“Fresh Express Incorporated has issued a recall of a limited number of cases of 10 oz. and 6oz. Italian Salad with the already expired Use-by Date of March 26 and a Product Code of H071A11A due to a possible health risk from Listeria monocytogenes. No illnesses have been reported in association with the recall and no other Fresh Express products are being recalled.”

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Please check your fridge for this item!

Parkers Farm Acquisition, LLC Issues Voluntary Recall of Products Due to Listeria Contamination


“The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is alerting consumers to avoid eating certain peanut butter, cheese, salsa, and spreads produced by Parkers Farm Acquisition, LLC of Coon Rapids, Minnesota, after state agriculture department product sampling determined some of the finished products to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria.”

This product may have entered through salvage, local donations, local purchases, retail pickups, food drives, or other avenues. The list of recalled items is expansive. Please check your inventory!

To view list of affected items visit :



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Thank you the member agencies that signed the letter in support of The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), over 40% of the organization that signed in California are from our network!  Click this link to read the letter.

There is still time to TAKE ACTION- It takes 1 minute, 5 clicks to show your support!  URGE full funding for TEFAP Storage and Distribution!

Feeding America is currently circulating a sign-on letter requesting Congress to provide full funding for TEFAP Storage and Distribution that will help food banks and emergency feeding agencies with the costs of storing, transporting and distributing USDA commodities. These are the food items we distribute through our congregate feeding program, as well as our USDA and Food For Children distributions throughout Santa Cruz County.  There are over 500 signatures so far.


Recipe of the Month: Easy Red Beans and Rice

Red beans and rice

Cooking Spray or Oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 medium green bell pepper, washed, seeded, and chopped
1 tsp garlic powder
2 cans diced tomatoes (14.5 ounces)
1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
6 cups cooked brown rice

1. Spray skillet with cooking oil spray.
2. Cook onion and pepper over medium heat for 5 minutes or until tender.
3. Add garlic powder, tomatoes, and kidney beans.
4. Bring mixture to a boil.
5. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes.
6. Serve over rice.
Makes 8 Servings


Aerosol de cocina o aceite
1 cebolla larga, picada
1 pimiento verde, mediano, lavado, sin semillas, y picado
1 cucharadita de ajo en polvo
2 latas de tomates en cubos (14.5 onzas)
1 lata de frijoles rojos, lavados, y escurridos
6 tazas de arroz moreno/café cocido

1. Rocié el sartén con aceite o aerosol.
2. Cocine la cebolla y el pimiento en juego mediano por 5 minutos o hasta tiernos.
3. Agregue el ajo, los tomates, y los frijoles.
4. Déjelo hervir.
5. Rebaje el fuego a bajo y cocínelo lentamente por 5 minutos.
6. Sírvalo encima del arroz.
Rinde 8 porciones

March Nutrition Notes: Eating Better on a Budget


When someone struggles financially, they often have to choose where to put their money, and healthy food isn’t always the first choice. This lesson focuses on learning to get creative when it comes to shopping for and preparing foods. This will help us stretch our dollars and let us enjoy healthy foods while staying within our budget. Click on the following links to find tip cards for eating on a budget. Feel free to print and hand them out to clients.

10 Easy Tips for Eating on a Budget

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