Florida Good

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.

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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“Food Not Bombs” Co-Founder to visit Gainesville

Food Not Bombs Co-Founder Keith McHenry was released from Volusia County jail this morning after serving 17 days for civil disobedience. Just one day after his release, McHenry plans to make an appearance in Gainesville to talk about the Food Not Bombs movement. Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Mike Biana has more. …

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“Studs to Roof” Project helps injured veteran

Volunteers from Rebuilding Together North Central Florida, Sears and the local community will come together to contemplate the extensive rehabilitation of the home of veteran Bruce Garniss, his wife and three children. Corey Bachman spoke with Rebuilding Together Executive Director Melisa Miller about the ribbon-cutting ceremony which will take place …

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