FOOD ISSUE


6/1/2020 9:18am

Graphic of Heel Talk podcast

Heel Talk episode eight: Tackling food insecurity, hurricane preparation during COVID-19

Evely Forte and City & State reporter Elizabeth Egan talk about the NCDHHS's Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer program and the work of local organizations attempting to feed families impacted by the economic effects of the pandemic. Summer Online Editor Meredith Radford also breaks down how the state is preparing for the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, which officially begins today, and what residents can do to individually prepare. 


5/25/2020 8:26pm

Volunteers help with food distribution at Chapel Hill Public Library on Friday, May 22, 2020. Photo courtesy of Tom Simon.

Chapel Hill's drive-thru food distribution adapts in the wake of COVID-19

For the past five years, the Town of Chapel Hill has worked with the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina to distribute food to families in the Town's public housing facilities.   However, as the pandemic has caused food demand to increase significantly, the traditional walk-up distribution didn't seem safe anymore, said Public Housing Director Faith Brodie. To continue to serve the local community through the pandemic, the Town and the Food Bank have collaborated with PORCH, a hunger relief organization in the Chapel Hill and Carrboro area that is familiar with large-scale distribution and volunteer recruitment. 


5/17/2020 11:21pm

The interior of Kipos Greek Taverna on Franklin Street. Photo courtesy of Shannon Kelly

Kipos Greek Taverna closes on Franklin Street, to reopen in new Chapel Hill location

Kipos Greek Taverna's owners have closed their Franklin Street location, but plan to reopen in a new Chapel Hill location. The decision was a “direct result” of having to temporarily close due to the COVID-19 pandemic, said owner Giorgios Bakatsias. Other Chapel Hill restaurants are facing more uncertainty — making it unclear how many will be able to reopen after the pandemic.


2/16/2020 8:45pm

Orange County resident Ken Dawson, 69, stands in one of his greenhouses on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020. Dawson has been living in the Cedar Grove community since 1972 and has been on the board of both the Carrboro and Durham farmers markets.

Climate change presents new challenges, long-term threats for N.C. farmers

“We get hotter hots, colder colds, wetter wets and dryer drys,” farmer Ken Dawson said.  Climate change is more than just a looming threat for local farmers. Severe flooding events are becoming more common, and unpredictable weather patterns have thrown off traditional growing seasons, forcing farmers to change what and when they’re harvesting.