A food truck was one of the new features that gained attention when the Union R-XI School District’s board of education approved a contract with a food service provider in January.

Now the district is looking to hire someone to operate the truck full time.

The new position will help with an employee shortage because the district is usually between five and six cooks short, Deputy Superintendent Dr. Mike Mabe told the board at its October meeting. But it also will help with the district’s culinary programs and exposure in the community.

Although the district initially considered hiring the food

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BOSTON — Between cooking meals and making deliveries to combat changing needs, food pantries have had their hands full during the pandemic.

And following the expiration of expanded unemployment benefits through the federal government, groups that provide emergency meals are expecting another surge in need.

Food insecurity reached new highs in the past year, but experts worry the full effects of the pandemic’s economic upheaval are still to come — even as vaccination rates rise. Western Massachusetts saw a roughly 47 percent increase in hunger over the pandemic, with the greatest impact on child hunger, national nonprofit Feeding America estimates

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Krista DeSocio, local cook and food blogger, will compete in the ultimate grilling competition in a new show, Grill of Victory

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A local home cook and food blogger is making her mark on the food world and now she gets to do it on a national stage.  Krista DeSocio will appear on a new show on Food Network this summer.

Krista is most comfortable in her home kitchen prepping, cooking, creating delicious dishes for her food blog and Instagram account.

“There is something about feeding people and nourishing people that is really special,” said DeSocio.

Her

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Edwin Zoe’s restaurant in Boulder, Zoe Ma Ma on Pearl Street, started a decade ago as a five-table eatery with homestyle Chinese food, the cooking led by Zoe’s mama, Anna.

Soon Ma Ma grew to a second location in Denver’s Union Station, still small, the same excellent dumplings, still the same big problem: He can’t afford insurance to cover time off for his people to care for themselves or a loved one, or to bond with a new child. It eats at the family restaurateur.

That’s why he’s pushing perhaps harder than anyone to pass Proposition 118 this year, to

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