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Local charity experiencing high volume of need, not donations, ahead of holidays listen

11/24/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Food pantries across the Tampa Bay area are experiencing shortages just ahead of the holiday weekend. One Tampa nonprofit is experiencing a swell of people in need this year, including former donors and volunteers.

The rows of donated non-perishables are set up like grocery store aisles. Here, those who’ve signed up with Metropolitan Ministries’ holiday food program weave their shopping carts throughout rows of cereal, pasta, and canned goods. Katherine from Tampa is poring over boxed ...

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Hillsborough Homeless Coalition honors Homeless Heroes listen

11/15/10 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Last Friday, the Homeless Coalition of Hillsborough County presented their 2010 "Homeless Heroes" awards at their annual meeting in Westshore.

According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, The US's economy's ongoing recession has left more than an estimated 1.5 million Americans without a roof over their heads. Floridians in particular have been among the hardest hit with job losses, foreclosures, and people seeking government assistance in the state among the highest in the nati...

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Poor People's March hits Detroit listen

06/22/10 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Over the past two weeks, WMNF has been documenting the Poor Peoples Economic Human Rights Campaigns March to Fulfill the Dream, a 12-week, 24-city march and caravan from the Mississippi Delta to the US Social Forum in Detroit which began today.

A dozen homeless people from the Tampa Bay area are with the march helping to organize a broad-based social movement against poverty led by the poor. WMNF's Kelly Benjamin has been embedded with the march and brings us this report as the campaign e...

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Poor Peoples Campaign fights racism and Whirlpool in Michigan listen

06/17/10 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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As WMNF reported last week, The Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign is in the midst of a 12-week, 24-city march. The march begins in the Mississippi Delta and ends in Detroit, where the US Social Forum begins next week. A contingent of homeless from the Tampa Bay area is with the march, which is now making its way across Michigan. WMNF's Kelly Benjamin is travelling with the group and brings us this report from Benton Harbor.

The town of Benton Harbor in South East Michigan has se...

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Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign in Cleveland listen

06/07/10 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign is in the midst of a march across the United States culminating at the U.S. Social Forum in Detroit later this month. WMNF's Kelly Benjamin is embedded with the march and brings us this report from Cleveland, Ohio.

Poverty has got to go! Hey, hey! Ho, ho!

This weekend, Rev. Bruce Wright crammed two cars full ...

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Report says 37% of Tampa Bay's hungry are children listen

02/05/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A new report, called Hunger in America 2010 has just been released and it has some astonishing findings about who has to go without food. Marc Sutherland is Resource Development Director for America's Second Harvest of Tampa Bay.

[Hunger in America 2010](http://feedingamerica.issuelab.org/research/listing/hunger_in_america_2010_local_report_prepared_f...

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Hundreds of thousands of Floridians living on no income except food stamps listen

01/04/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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More than 400,000 Floridians have no income besides food stamps. That’s according to a new analysis by the New York Times.

About 12 percent of all Americans receive food stamps and about a quarter of all children. The Times found that about six million Americans who receive food stamps have no other cash income including welfare, unemployment insurance, pensions, child support or disability pay.

Florida is ...

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Metropolitan Ministries Sees Significant Drop in Donations listen

11/25/09 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Each Thanksgiving, Metropolitan Ministries distributes Thanksgiving food packages to thousands of Tampa Bay residents in need. This year, amid the throes of the worst financial crisis in recent history, they’re seeing more dire need than ever exacerbated by a major drop in donations.

As volunteers sort through boxes of spaghetti, stuffing and Jell-O, the line outside the Metropolitan Ministries food distribution center on Florida Avenue is strikingly long. People wait for what the nonpro...

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The Fight Against Poverty and Homelessness

09/15/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up today we'll speak with Rev. Bruce Wright who is a minister in St. Petersburg. He's active on homeless issues and this weekend he's planning to travel to the G-20 Summit meeting in Pittsburgh. Wright says among the people traveling with him will be several members of the local homeless community.

FMI 727-278-1547; http://www.economichumanrights.org; http://www.bailoutthepeople.org;

bgcwright@aol.com

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Interfaith group: Use stimulus money for green jobs in Tampa

04/16/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Our guests in this segment were Dr. Warren Clark, a retired minister, and Stuart Berger of the Pinellas Jewish Federation. They are part of a group called FUSE, Faiths United For A Sustainable Economy. They came to talk about two upcoming events. The first is an Earth Day Fair at Unity Church of Clearwater from 6 to 9 p.m. April 22 at 2465 Nursery Road in Clearwater. They will also make a presentation for green jobs at the Tampa City Council next Thursday at 9 a.m.

Dr. Clark writes: "Hi...

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