Publix Is Buying More Than 150,000 Pounds of Produce From Farmers and Donating It to Food Banks

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Though you wouldn't know it from looking at cleared-out supermarket shelves, farmers are dealing with a big food waste problem. With major buyers like hotels and restaurants closed during the COVID-19 crisis, producers have been forced to destroy crops and other perishable items they can't sell. Food banks, meanwhile, are facing increased demand and a shortage of supplies. As CBS News reports, Publix is responding to both issues by purchasing thousands of pounds of produce from farmers and donating it to food banks.

The southeastern U.S. supermarket chain announced on April 22 that it plans to donate 150,000 pounds of produce and 43,500 gallons of milk to Feeding America over the next week. While there isn't a food shortage in America, the existing supply chain makes it difficult to get surplus food directly to the many people out of work and school who currently need it. As a major grocery chain, Publix is in a position to buy these goods directly from farmers and ensure they don't go to waste. Not only does the initiative fight hunger, but it also supports farmers during a tumultuous time for the industry.

“We are thrilled about Publix’s initiative to buy additional milk from Southeast Milk for processing and donation to Feeding America member food banks,” Joe Wright, the president of Southeast Milk Inc., said in a news release. “It’s a win-win for our farmers who are feeling the impact of decreased demand and the families who are in need of nutrient-rich milk during this pandemic.”

After buying produce from Florida farmers and milk from southeastern dairy farmers, Publix will donate the items to Feeding America branches in the farms' local communities. The initiative, which launched on Wednesday, is expected to last for several weeks.

[h/t CBS News]

Blue Apron’s Memorial Day Sale Will Save You $60 On Your First Three Boxes

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If you’ve gone through all the recipes you had bookmarked on your phone and are now on a first-name basis with the folks at the local pizzeria, it might be time to introduce a new wrinkle into your weekly dinner menu. But instead of buying loads of groceries and cookbooks to make your own meal, you can just subscribe to a service like Blue Apron, which will deliver all the ingredients and instructions you need for a unique dinner.

And if you start your subscription before May 26, you can save $20 on each of your first three weekly boxes from the company. That means that whatever plan you choose—two or four meals a week, vegetarian or the Signature plan—you’ll save $60 in total.

With the company’s Signature plan, you’ll get your choice of meat, fish, and Beyond foods, along with options for diabetes-friendly and Weight Watchers-approved dishes. The vegetarian plan loses the meat, but still allows you to choose from a variety of dishes like General Tso's tofu and black bean flautas.

To get your $60 off, head to the Blue Apron website and click “Redeem Offer” at the top of the page to sign up.

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You Can Watch a Free Livestream of John Wick This Friday Night

You’re going to be stuck at home, and Keanu Reeves is going to be wearing this turtleneck. Also, it’s for charity.
You’re going to be stuck at home, and Keanu Reeves is going to be wearing this turtleneck. Also, it’s for charity.
Lionsgate

This Friday, May 8, John Wick is donning his best black suit and coming out of retirement all over again to bring you an action-packed movie theater experience at home.

To put it in plain terms, Lionsgate will livestream John Wick (2014) for free on YouTube tomorrow night, starting at 9 p.m. EST. Even if you’re a certified John Wick superfan who owns the entire trilogy on DVD and rewatched the first film just yesterday, you might still want to tune in to this event—it’s hosted by Jamie Lee Curtis and features special messages from several key franchise cast members, including Halle Berry, Lance Reddick, Asia Kate Dillon, and the man behind the sharp-dressed sharpshooter himself: Keanu Reeves.

Directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch will also make virtual appearances, as will a few familiar faces who aren’t affiliated with the John Wick universe, like Keira Knightley, Jesse Eisenberg, and Melissa Joan Hart, who will offer words of support and gratitude to movie theater workers furloughed during the coronavirus pandemic.

The star-studded affair is the latest in the “Lionsgate Live: A Night at the Movies” series, where a different film is aired on YouTube each Friday night. So far, they’ve livestreamed The Hunger Games (2012), Dirty Dancing (1987), and La La Land (2016), making this week’s selection the first geared toward action film aficionados.

Though the livestreams are completely free, the goal of the initiative is to raise money for the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation, which is currently providing financial relief to out-of-work theater employees. If you’d like to contribute to the fund—maybe the amount you’d normally spend on a movie ticket—you can do so here.