Grátis comidas preparadas en Glen Rock / Free prepared meals in Glen Rock
A new cookbook is on the market about which its prison chef author Prodigy Johnson of the rap group Mobb Deep writes, “This book won’t make you a better cook, but it might make you a better person.”
Knowing what to eat and how to make it is evidently such an important part of prison life that there’s an entire cottage industry of cookbooks written on the subject. Inmate survival guides often have a section on food and how to use the commissary to augment prison diets. Commissary Kitchen: My Infamous Prison Cookbook, which will be published this month, is written by Prodigy and journalist Kathy Iandoli.
In the book, Prodigy describes how his lifelong battle with sickle cell made him hyper-conscious of what he ate while incarcerated.
“I couldn’t afford to get sick in prison,” he writes. “My sickle cell is no joke, so I couldn’t eat poorly or not exercise. And everything in jail is designed to do the exact opposite.” This is just a hint of what sets Commissary Kitchen apart from other books in the genre — it’s about Prodigy’s experience of prison as much, if not more than, about the food itself…
In November, vote for the House and Senate candidates who believe in good, healthy and GMO-free food. Food Policy Action compares the food positions of 12 sets of candidates.
Here’s the scoop on Rep. Scott Garrett vs. Josh Gottheimer – New Jersey’s 5th District Congressional candidates:
Josh Gottheimer supports a strong federal safety net for seniors and food insecure families with children. He also supports fair wages and working conditions for food and farm workers. Incumbent Scott Garrett has voted repeatedly to cut hunger reduction and nutrition programs like SNAP; and he opposed measures that would reduce the misuse of antibiotics in food.
Paul Tappenden believe that food choices – not gluttony or a predisposition to being fat – are why so many Americans are overweight these days. And he offers some pretty good ideas on simple changes we can build into our eating habits that will significantly change our fat quotient.
Why are there so many over weight people in America? I have many well intentioned friends who are 30 to 40 pounds over-weight. For the most part they don’t want to be that way, and in many cases they put themselves on diets to no avail. They are not vast over eaters, yet the pounds keep creeping on
What saddens me most is that they don’t need to be that way. You see, it isn’t about calories or gluttony, it is about food choices. The disturbing fact is that the majority of industrialized foods are filled with toxins that disrupt our endocrine systems causing weight gain, chronic disease, infertility and cancer.
Even so called lite and diet foods contain these toxins, ensuring that no matter how fastidiously one diets, the results will be temporary at best.
If you think this situation will improve any time soon think again. There are entire industries built on the fact that you will be sick and obese.
So long as you eat pre-made, packaged foods, you are adding to your health and weight problems. In order to give these “foods” long shelf life and to make them palatable, companies add chemical preservatives, flavor enhancers, artificial colors and flavorings, conditioners and, to make up for the lack of nutrients, synthetic vitamins (most of which are useless at best),
The ingredients in these cheap foods are sub-standard and often toxic in their own right.
For simplicity sake I’m dividing fats into good fats and bad fats. Canola oil, corn oil, soy oil, cottonseed oil and the vast majority of oils used in industrial food preparation are bad for you, and when they are hydrogenated, as in the case with butter substitutes, Crisco etc they are even worse
The fats you should eat are butter, egg yolks (yes folks, they are both good for you and your heart), olive oil, coconut oil, avocado and even lard. Of course, these should be obtained from good organic sources, to avoid any added toxins.
There are even good and bad sugars. High Fructose corn syrup and refined white sugar are among the worst. Organic, unfiltered honey and coconut palm sugar are both low glycemic and filled with nutrients.
Most sugar substitutes are as bad for you as the sugars. In fact it has been demonstrated that Aspartame causes you to gain weight, so what good is it?
Starch turns into sugar in your system. Sugar feed diabetes and cancer, So limit the amount of starch you consume. Even whole grains can be problematic.
GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISMS
The other big concern is the presence of GMO’s (mostly concealed from the consumer by law). The industry claims are that GMO’s are safe. However, even if they were (which overwhelming evidence disproves), they come heavily dosed with highly toxic pesticides, that also disrupt hormones and may cause cancer.
Limit the amount of meat you eat. Rather than eat a pound of industrial beef, eat half a pound of organic, grass fed beef. It will give you all the goodness without, growth hormones, antibiotics and GMOs (all of which make you fat). Meats also acidify the body, making it a good breeding ground for cancer cells.
The bottom line is to eat organic, fresh whole foods. If you are over weight, you will begin to see those pounds drop away and your health improve.
Hat tip to José German-Gomez for directing my attention to Paul’s post.
Then you toast the muffin. English Muffins must always be well toasted. Apply jam, butter or cream cheese and munch happily away. My sainted mother passed these traditions along to me when I was a girl, and now you know too. Enjoy!
I was able to find some resources for South Ward residents. Relief efforts are being coordinated by area churches with resources coming from several sources – see the list below. Resources are being added daily and this list will be updated as they become known.
A Red Cross coordinator urges people to call 973-733-4311 to ask for any help they need: transportation to shelters and food pantries; diapers, baby formula; food, blankets. A higher volume of calls will result in more attention being given. Feel free to ask a neighbor, friend or relative to make the call for you if you are unable to call yourself. If you are able to give a ride to anyone, or if churches can make their vans available to mobilize people, many can be helped.
Shelters & Supplies for South Ward Residents
- Red Cross Shelter
- JFK Recreation Center at 211 W. Kinney Avenue, Newark
Meals and many other resources
St. John on Bergen Street and Lyons Avenue
- Food and water
Is a warming and charging station
People can sleep over (it’s also a shelter)
Pleasant Grove Baptist at 185 Chadwick Avenue
- Water and rations
Clinton Hill Resource/Community Center On Clinton Avenue next to Blessed Sacrament and Osborne Terrace
- Serving a hot meal at 5:00pm daily
May have diapers
Is a warming and charging station
Mt. Vernon Baptist Church on Clinton Avene and 13th Street
- Hot meals at 12:00pm and 5:00pm
May have food pantry
- JFK Recreation Center at 211 W. Kinney Avenue, Newark
- American Red Cross of Northern New Jersey serving Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Passaic and Sussex Counties
209 Fairfield Road, Fairfield, NJ 07004, 973-797-3300 or 800-733-2767
- New Hope Baptist Church
106 Sussex Avenue, Newark
This is a FEMA hub and will try to obtain whatever resources the community needs
General government-based assistance
- Legal hotline for NJ residents needing legal assistance after #Sandy.
1-888-541-1900 or probono_public_service/ls_pb_hurricane_sandy_fema_new_jersey.authcheckdam.pdf
- A special Federal Government website is set up to process Sandy requests http://www.disasterassistance.gov. It consolidates the application process across several Federal agencies, including FEMA and the Small Business Administration and reduces the number of forms applicants will need to fill out and you can check the progress of your applications online. You can also apply at
- 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362) or fema.gov
- via smartphone at m.fema.gov
- Speech disability or hearing loss
711 or Video Relay Service (VRS) 1-800-621-3362
Financial assistance and grants
- Look into applying for a Lion Clubs International direct grant or see what your local club has to offer.
- FEMA assistance and how to apply
5. Operation Hope
Financial dignity nonprofit Operation HOPE offers financial triage, financial recovery and free consultation services for individuals and small business owners impacted by Hurricane Sandy. More information here
The New Jersey Department of Health has public health experts available through the state’s 2-1-1 system to answer questions about food and water safety and mold removal. To reach public health experts, call 211 or 1-866-234-0964, or visit them online at nj211.org. Experts are available 8am-8pm weekdays and 10am-5pm weekends. More than 800 New Jersey residents have called the Department of Health hotline seeking help with food and drinking water safety, mold removal and prevention of carbon monoxide poisoning. The 211 number is open for general enquiries 24/7.
- Lists of shelters, food pantries and soup kitchens at: nj211.org/hurricane.cfm
- FEMA Diaster Assistance Q&A Video
- Find a “>Red Cross shelter
1-800-RED-CROSS or app.redcross.org/nss-app/
- National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD)
State of New Jersey VOAD Contact: Cathy McCann, Chair email@example.com
Community Food Bank of NJ
31 Evans Terminal Road, Hillside, NJ 07205
- State of New York VOAD Contact: Joann Hale, Interim Chair firstname.lastname@example.org
Church World Service
La Casa de Don Pedro
75 Park Avenue, Newark, New Jersey 07104
If you would like to report on additional resources available or any immediate needs that you observe, please send us an email or call us at 973.482.8312
Collection Drives & Distribution Centers
Please check that organizations are still taking in donations before you drop anything off. Always check before bringing furniture or other large items to the collection center
Urban League of Essex County is collecting food donations & needs volunteers to distribute food 973-624-9535 508 Central Ave http://t.co/5Uwg0IHM
Collection at Fire Hose Company 1, 63 Mount Vernon Street, Ridgefield ParkNov 2-4 Friday & Saturday 10-4 Sunday 10-2. If you need something in particular, please contact Sarah Mielnicki by email or by private message on Facebook and she will look out for it.
La Casa de Don Pedro in Newark
Maple Avenue School is a drop-off and distribution center. Email
or Text “Shelter + Your Zip code” to 4332.