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The news isn’t all bad. There are people in Gainesville and across the rest of our slice of Florida doing good work and trying to make their community a better place. These are their stories.

Ocala foodbank struggles to help all those in need

When families are financially struggling, food banks have become an extra helping hand. But, an Ocala foodbank is battling to meet the needs of the community. Florida 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Alyssa Averette reports on the Ocala foodbank which feeds more than 1,300 people a month. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/FPFoodbankwrap.mp3]

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Alachua County Farmer’s Market gives special incentives for snap recipients

National Farmers Week is underway and in celebration, the Alachua County Farmers market is offering Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recepients a chance to double their benefits at the market. As Florida’s 89.1,WUFT-FM’s Kelsey Peck reports, farmer market shelp contribue to the local economy and also provide a fresher product. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/AlCoFamerMarketWrapfinal.mp3]

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Area religious leaders join “Campaign for Fair Food”

Several Gainesville area religious leaders are joining a “Campaign for Fair Food” involving the Coalition of Immokalee workers.  As Dina Lewis reports, they want the Publix Supermarket chain to improve pay and working conditions for tomato pickers by paying more per pound for their tomatoes. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/FPTomatowrap2.mp3] WUFT made several calls …

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One student’s trash may be another’s treasure

As summer comes to a close, hundreds of students are moving out this week. Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Steven Gallo spoke with Children’s Home Society of Florida Executive Director Jennifer Anchors about how those students can help area children in need. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/AnchorsQA.mp3]

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Campaign for fair food comes to Gainesville

Fifteen religious leaders in Gainesville signed a joint open letter to Publix Supermarkets today urging the corporation to help end what they’re calling worker abuse in Florida’s tomato fields. The letter encourages Publix to meet with the Coalition of Immokalee Worker’s Campaign for Free Food, which seeks to improve wages …

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Food bank faces summer shortage

Marion-Polk Food Share serves the two counties it is named for. As people turn their attention elsewhere during the summer months, the food bank suffers a yearly low point in food donations. Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Mike Biana reports how the group’s search for a permanent fix may help solve this …

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