Demand rising at food pantries in wake of SNAP cuts

CHAMPAIGN — The demand has been way up lately at Angela Bradley's church food pantry, so much that twice recently it ran out of the major foods families need to put meals on the table.

"Some people might think this is kind of kooky, but we prayed," she recalls.

To Your Health: It's grilling season: Let's be safe out there

By Leia Kedem/University of Illinois Extension

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Meg Makes: Savoy resident shares a lasagna to die for

I'm always on alert for original, well-loved recipes.

So when I read Savoy resident Joan Dykstra's Getting Personal interview with The News-Gazette earlier this spring that mentioned her own killer lasagna, I knew I wanted the recipe.

She said she'd want it for her last meal.

It's Your Business: Frozen yogurt shop coming to campus

One of the nation's fastest-growing franchises is coming to Champaign.

Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt plans to open a store at 512 E. Green St., C, in the building that houses The Daily Illini.

The Oklahoma City-based frozen yogurt chain either has stores — or has announced plans to open them — in 39 states.

Food bank launching program aimed at seniors

URBANA — The golden years are arriving with bare cupboards for some older adults, but help is on the way.

The Eastern Illinois Foodbank is launching a senior grocery program today with $40,000 in funding through the Community Foundation of East Central Illinois, and plans to use the money to get more food to seniors in a 14-county area.

Letter carriers' food drive is Saturday

CHAMPAIGN — Usually it's your letter carrier who leaves things for you, but on one day this weekend you can make it the other way around and help reduce hunger in your community.

The National Association of Letter Carriers will hold its annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive Saturday.

Meg Makes: Springy slaw can be a side dish or a main

I have a copy of "The All New Good Housekeeping Cook Book" that I love dearly. One of my favorite recipes in it is for Hot Slaw with Poppy-Seed Dressing. The book recommends serving it with ham or roast pork, but if I'm not terribly hungry, I'll eat it for lunch.

I find that this dish is nice and springy, but it's also perfect when you're hungry for something hot, not cold.

Inspection placards coming to Ford County establishments

PAXTON — Starting in December, every food establishment in Ford County will be required to post a color-coded placard in a prominent location within the business that states its compliance with public health guidelines.

Coffee shop will open in Campus Center

CHAMPAIGN — Korean coffee shop Caffe Bene will open a second store in Champaign-Urbana as a first-floor tenant in the Campus Center project being built near Sixth and Green streets in Champaign.

The shop already has a location in Gregory Place East in Urbana, at the northeast corner of Gregory and Nevada streets.