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Veteran Homelessness

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Veteran Homelessness

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is taking decisive action to end Veteran homelessness in five years.  All Veterans at risk for homelessness or attempting to exit homelessness must have easy access to programs and services.  VA offers a variety of resources, programs, and benefits which are detailed below.

Prevention Services

Includes the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans, the Veteran Justice Outreach Program, and the Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program.

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Housing Support Services

Includes information and resources to provide permanent or temporary housing and ongoing case management and treatment services for homeless Veterans.

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Treatment

Includes healthcare for homeless Veterans, healthcare and other services for Veterans exiting prison, information on Veteran Stand Downs, Drop-In Centers, and VA’s Homeless Veteran Dental Assistance Program.

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Employment/Job Training

Includes information on VA’s Compensated Work Therapy program where homeless Veterans earn pay while learning new job skills, relearning successful work habits, and regaining a sense of self-esteem and self-worth.

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Benefits/Other Services

Includes information about homeless Veteran Benefit Assistance and other programs, which provide necessary services to homeless Veterans.

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Other Resources

Includes the National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans, Project CHALENG, and other Non-VA resources for homeless assistance.

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October 20, 2011 at 1:44 am

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GoodFood World

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from http://www.goodfoodworld.com/

Good Food is everybody’s business. From the beginning of time, food has been the foundation of cultures throughout the world. How is it then, that the goodness of food eludes us? This is because the modern food industry has made our need for good food almost inconsequential by making it cheap and plentiful, and disguising the true cost. If we are fortunate, we live where there is an abundance of food everywhere we look.

Then why question the system? Because most of us in developed countries now live separated from our food source; we are completely ignorant of the effort it takes to feed us or the role food plays in our lives. As a result, we, the wealthiest people on earth, have grown unhealthy. All food is not equal and, in fact, bad food is making us sick.

At GoodFood World, we address the food quality deficit by providing accurate information to consumers and to conscientious food practitioners involved with the production, processing, distributing, retailing, and serving of high quality natural and organic food products. We do this by collecting and reporting the news about good food at the source; and by analyzing food systems to determine their merit on the basis of social responsibility, environmental resiliency, and economic vitality – our primary measures of sustainability.

GoodFood World also provides educational opportunities and access to published documents that promote organic, transitional, and “low-chemical-input” food, with a strong emphasis on minimally processed food distributed through local and regional networks.

By seeking out people who are at the grass roots and on the ground, we report on real issues and the people affected. Food system dynamics are very much influenced by world conditions, such as the plight of seasonal workers, the advent of climate change, the availability of water, etc. However, these perturbations are most visible at the base.

In this light, our sustainability criteria or measure of food quality is global and can be read as follows:

We believe it necessary to be Socially Responsible

  • Be honest in all business activities and contribute to the strength and growth of supporting communities.
  • Show respect for the dignity, welfare, and safety of workers throughout the food supply chain.
  • Respect the “five freedoms” due to food animals – freedom to express normal behavior; freedom from hunger and thirst; freedom from pain, injury or disease; freedom from discomfort; freedom from fear and distress.
  • Promote good health through education and the delivery of safe, unadulterated, nutritious food.

And to strive to maintain Environmental Resiliency

  • Benefit the natural order as much as possible; “do no harm.”
  • Respect eco-system limits on food growth, harvest, production, processing, and distribution.
  • Avoid ecologically destructive practices, such as overfishing, water pollution, soil destruction and erosion.

And to improve true Economic Vitality

  • Account for natural capital (Ecological Economics).
  • Generate a reasonable profit to support the long-term viability of the business.
  • Create real economic benefit to society.
  • Support local and rural economies, family farms, and the diversity of rural culture.

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September 27, 2011 at 1:42 am

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Team Food Safety

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The Partnership for Food Safety Education

 

The pressing need for cooperation in consumer food safety education was framed in a 1996 report, “Putting the Food Handling Issue on the Table: the Pressing Need for Food Safety Education.” The non-profit Partnership for Food Safety Education was formed in 1997 when government agencies, industry, and consumer groups pledged to work together to develop the first science-based, consumer education program, Fight BAC!®. The campaign’s four core actionable messages of Clean, Separate, Cook, and Chill remain the fundamental basis of consumer education in safe food handling.

The Partnership is the primary consumer education organization leveraging resources from public and private sectors to educate the public about the importance of safe food handling to good health.

The value of the Partnership for Food Safety Education continues to be in its’ network of participating organizations [see below] and message amplifiers from industry, government, and consumer and scientific non-profits.

The national network of message amplifiers (BAC Fighters) has grown to more than 10,000. BAC Fighters are in communities around the country and serve in a variety of capacities, including in health care, child care, food service, food assistance, food retail, public schools, youth groups, public health, and nutrition education, among others. Sign up to be a BAC Fighter!

The challenges in food safety education have evolved, and the need to measure progress is critical. The Partnership is taking on these challenges by launching a strategic initiative aimed at growing capacity and improving effectiveness.

Our Partners Include:

 

  • American Dietetic Association
  • American Frozen Food Institute
  • Association of Food and Drug Officials
  • Consumer Federation of America
  • Food Marketing Institute
  • Grocery Manufacturers Association
  • Institute of Food Technologists
  • International Association for Food Protection
  • International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association
  • International Food Information Council Foundation
  • National Chicken Council
  • National Pork Board
  • National Turkey Federation
  • North American Millers’ Association
  • NSF International
  • Produce Marketing Association
  • United Fresh Produce Association

Federal Government Liaison

  • U.S. Department of Agriculture, FSIS
  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration, CFSAN
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, CDC
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

International Affiliate

  • Canadian Partnership for Consumer Food Safety Education

To learn more about becoming a PFSE Partner, contact Shelley Feist, Executive Director, atsfeist@fightbac.org.

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September 3, 2011 at 1:40 am

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Outstanding Service Award

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Stephen P. Smith, Executive Director of the American Veteran Food Assistance Program receiving the Outstanding Service Award from Ms. Cherry Smart, LCSW. Ms. Smart is the Department of Veterans Affairs Healthcare for Homeless Veterans Coordinator. The Department of Veterans Affairs deals with over 280 Service Providers in Dade County. The American Veteran Food Assistance Program was 1 out of 6 organizations that received this award. 

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August 15, 2011 at 1:37 am

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Food for the Department of Veterans Affairs

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Unknown helper from the VA and Mr. Alex Noguera, Case Manager from the Department of Veterans Affairs Miami, FL. The American Veteran Food Assistance Program loads the VA vans up with food every 2 weeks. This process helps our American Veterans that are in transitional housing. Some of the Veterans that are helped receive only $ 19.00 a month to live on. 

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July 17, 2011 at 1:35 am

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Keystone Halls, Inc. Visit

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Ms. Donna Hedgepeth, CAS, Case Manager for the Keystone Halls, Inc., and Mr. Stephen P. Smith Executive Director American Veteran Food Assistance Program. The Keystone Halls is another Veterans transitional housing program the American Veteran Food Assistance Program assists in feeding our American Veterans.

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May 10, 2011 at 1:34 am

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Healthcare for Homeless Veterans Outstanding Award

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Mr. Michael Hajnrizeder, Department of Veterans Affairs for the Healthcare for Homeless Veterans. He is presenting an Outstanding service award to Mr. Stephen P. Smith the Executive Director of the American Veteran Food Assistance Program. The VA for the year 2010 only issued 1 Outstanding Service award. It was given to the American Veteran Food Assistance Program. Photo taken at the AVFAP Headquarters. 

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December 21, 2010 at 1:33 am

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