It’s still dark when Stephen Southern begins his day at Dorothy Day House in Berkeley, California. The fluorescent lights hum when they are turned on at 5:30 a.m. as a wake-up call to around 50 men who stay at the men’s shelter, signaling that breakfast is served. “Breakfast is important because it’s the fi rst meal of the day,” Southern says above the rattle of cooking and the steam-heat of a pot of oatmeal. “It’s reliable.” Yet being a reliable source for food is a tough proposition in the era of growing demand. The global economic downturn has strained US community food banks, as more people line up for services. A survey by US-based NGO Church World Service (CWS) has reported increased demand, with some estimates indicating rises as high as 20 percent each year.
For all devoted to nutrition.
Discover the science behind nutrition and our latest initiatives for a promising tomorrow.