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Flavors From Afar in LA uplifts and supports refugee communities through food

LOS ANGELES – Flavors From Afar in LA’s Little Ethiopia spotlights dishes from many countries to support refugees, immigrants and asylum seekers. A portion of the profits go to causes that help refugees.


Expanded Child Tax Credit program did a ‘world of good,’ politicians say

PHOENIX – Since its rollout in July, the expanded Child Tax Credit program has received praise from government officials and advocates who call it a solution to “combating economic hardship and poverty in Arizona.”


Mikey’s League changing the status quo for disabled community through sports

PHOENIX - Mikey’s League bridges the gap between accessibility and inclusivity through creating the opportunity to experience sports’ triumph and success in ways its participants will remember forever.


Arizonans join hundreds of female athletes opposing strict abortion law

WASHINGTON - Nine Arizonans are among the more than 500 female athletes who signed on to a brief to the Supreme Court this week challenging Mississippi's restrictive new abortion law, which abortion opponents see as a vehicle for overturning Roe v. Wade.


Tucson official touts benefits of school gardens to fight kids’ hunger

WASHINGTON - The director of Tucson Unified School District's Community and School Garden Program joined advocates from around the country Wednesday at a House Rules Committee roundtable on the ways that schools can help fight childhood hunger.


Poverty rate climbed in 2020, but pandemic assistance blunted losses

WASHINGTON - The U.S. poverty rate rose from 10.5% to 11.4% last year, reversing years of steady declines, but that increase in poverty was offset by pandemic relief funds and other benefits, according to new Census Bureau data.


Pandemic unemployment relief ends, cutting off 45,000 jobless in state

WASHINGTON - A federal pandemic relief program that provided extra financial aid to jobless workers ended Monday, hitting more than 45,000 unemployed Arizonans who had already seen the state pull away another source of federal aid in July.


‘A cliff effect’: As federal benefits drop, food insecurity likely to rise again

An enormous influx of federal dollars helped stem the rising tide of hunger during the COVID-19 pandemic, but what happens when those benefits end?


Essential but ignored: How day care powered the pandemic workforce

The pandemic exposed how vulnerable and essential child care providers are in America. The median hourly wage is $10.31, and most workers receive no benefits, but they play a crucial role in getting people back to work.


Experts hope FDA’s full Pfizer vaccine OK boosts Arizona vaccinations

WASHINGTON – Health officials expressed hope Monday that the Food and Drug Administration's full approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine will boost vaccinations in Arizona, which lags well behind the national average.


Surge in COVID-19 puts state on pace to hit 1 million cases next week

WASHINGTON - Arizona is on pace to record its 1 millionth COVID-19 infection within the next week, and health experts fear that kids in schools and the looming Labor Day holiday will only make matters worse.


From farm to table, immigrants feed America

Immigrants held together every sector of American life during the COVID-19 pandemic yet faced inequities and little help.