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Jeff Flake submits amendment to bar federal funds for insect-based food companies
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., has submitted an amendment to the four-bill spending package (HR 6147), under consideration on the Senate floor this week, that would prohibit funds “to support the development of insect-based foods for human consumption, including cricket farming and taste-testing of insect-based foods.” You may have seen packets of crunchy barbecue or honey-mustard flavored crickets — or mealworms — at specialty food markets like MOM’s Organic Market on New York Avenue in the Ivy City neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Some view it as a tasty treat while others consider it a sideshow. But scientists — including ones funded by the grants Flake is targeting — have a broader goal of developing insects as a viable protein source that can be produced more cheaply than traditional animal livestock to address future global hunger challenges. It’s true that cricket meal is currently more expensive than most cutlets at the butcher shop — in part because of small-scale production and other issues. But the federal government has been funding bugs-as-food research for several years now. The grants Flake refers to are Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants, run by the Small Business Administration and in the case of the cricket research, done in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Read more...

City of Memphis, TN, offers Neighborhood Crime Prevention Grants
Examples of projects we support include neighbors working together to: install additional lighting (such as motion-sensing lighting); install surveillance systems; organize recruitment; transform areas into community gardens; partial funds for National Night Out events ($200 limit for food); conduct youth enrichment programs; enhance beautification by way of community-wide clean-ups and landscaping; neighbor strategy for monitoring their blocks; and create and distribute newsletters and resident directories. Applications are accepted from resident-led groups, such as: neighborhood watch groups; neighborhood associations; homeowners associations; block clubs; civic clubs; faith-based organizations; tenant associations; and non-profits that have crime prevention programs for youth. Read more...

United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona invites submissions for Annual Days of Caring
Attention nonprofits, schools, childcare centers, long-term care centers, community and neighborhood associations! Don't miss out on the opportunity to benefit from United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona's 19th Annual Days of Caring, happening October 19th-20th. Each year thousands of volunteers roll up their sleeves to improve our community one project at a time. Submit any project that your organization needs helps with and United Way will pair your project with local volunteers. Submit your project by July 17, 2018, to be entered into a drawing for $500! Registration deadline: August 3, 2018. Read more...