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Blue Table food pantry launches annual food drive – UB Now: News and views for UB faculty and staff – University at Buffalo Reporter

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COVID-19 UPDATES  •  11/20/2021
Volunteers with Blue Table stock the food pantry’s shelves.
Published November 19, 2021
UB’s Blue Table, the online campus food pantry offering students healthy food options, marks this Thanksgiving season by putting out a widespread and heartfelt call for donations.
“As we approach the holiday season, many of us have a great deal to be thankful for,” says Maria Wallace, director of student unions and chair of the Blue Table oversight group.
However, many UB students face food insecurity and need the support of the campus community, says Wallace.
“The demand for food this year has surpassed all prior years, and we are looking to the UB community, once again, to support our students.” 
This year’s third annual Blue Table food drive runs through Nov. 24.
“Previously, we would receive approximately 1,300 requests annually,” Wallace says. “This year, since July 1, we have had more than 1,900 orders to date.”
The top 10 items requested are beans, pasta sauce, soup, peanut butter, pasta, rice, cereal, crackers, granola bars, and macaroni and cheese, according to Blue Table officials.
Donation bins are scattered around all three UB campuses. People are also welcome to bring items to 235 Student Union.  For those who would rather leave the shopping to Blue Table, a monetary donation may be made online.
 “The impact and support for our Blue Table program over the past few years has been very encouraging,” says Brian F. Hamluk, vice president for student life. “Providing our students consistent access to nutritious food and other essential items is a positive step in ensuring a healthy and successful student community.”
Blue Table is available to UB students “who experience unanticipated hardship and as a result don’t have consistent access to healthy food,” Blue Table officials say. Consistent access to nutritious food is a necessary part of being a successful, healthy student.
Students using Blue Table complete an online order form that includes a list of diverse and healthy food options that are available each week. Once the order is received, the groceries are bagged and ready to be picked up in 230 Student Union.
“The support to date across campus has been wonderful,” Wallace says. “It truly is a community drive. Thank you to all for your support of our students. It makes a real difference.”
The service has been fully operational since spring 2019.
Blue Table was originally stocked through a monetary contribution from the Student Association, and SA and Student Life have continued to organize food drives, including drives at summer orientation sessions. The oversight group hopes to sustain the Blue Table model by encouraging student, faculty and staff groups to coordinate food drives in their campus communities.
To make hosting food drives easy, the oversight group created a community toolkit that offers tips and resources for groups that want to collect food.
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The Buffalo News reports on a new study led by Henry Louis Taylor, Jr. titled, “The Harder We Run: The State of Black Buffalo in 1990 and The Present.”
The Washington Post interviewed Veljko Fotak in a report on adult performers who say their income is threatened by new regulations intended to fight child sexual abuse and sex trafficking.

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Woman recounts shooting outside of Defined Fitness – KOB

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Griffin Rushton
Updated: January 10, 2022 09:42 PM
Created: January 10, 2022 04:29 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – An early morning workout ended with panic and tears in southwest Albuquerque Monday after someone fired a gun outside the Defined Fitness on Central Avenue.
A woman – who wanted to stay anonymous – said it started around 9 a.m. with a loud bang. It didn't take long to realize it was a gunshot, but it's what happened next that has her questioning her membership.
“I'm still shocked just because it could have been someone who, who could have died in there,” said the woman. 
Hearts were pumping at the Defined Fitness near Central and Unser – but not because of a workout.
“We were starting to warm up, we heard a loud pop. And we thought maybe it was the speakers or the light bulb that busted. So we go and we take a look. And we hear the instructor scream and say, ‘Oh, my goodness,’”
She said that's when they noticed a bullet hole the size of a quarter in the wall and then, more gunfire.
“We start hearing more bullet shots. And so at that time, everybody just panicked and round ran out of the room.”
Albuquerque police confirmed there was a shootout between two cars behind the gym and a stray bullet hit the building. The woman says she's thankful no one was hurt, but is worried not enough people knew they were in danger in the first place.
“They should have evacuated and notified the members that something's going on, and please evacuate. Put more alert out there, versus letting everybody just sit there and continue to work out.”
Defined Fitness sent KOB 4 a statement saying the incident was unrelated to the gym and says it’s still a safe place for its members. But this is not the first time gym-goers have voiced concerns about safety at this location.
Back in November, KOB 4 spoke to a woman who said someone broke into her car in broad daylight and claimed Defined Fitness was not doing enough to keep its members safe.
Both women said they are not sure if they'll ever return to this location.
“I think I'm taking a little break from this gym, just so I can refocus and find my comfort again. So it'll be a while before I returned to this location.”
An APD spokesperson said the gym's security footage has been reviewed and there are no leads on a potential suspect.

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Get Fitacular in 2022 with help from Planet Fitness! With several locations in our area it’s easy to get into better habits and make the right choices for your physical and mental health.
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WEST MANCHESTER TOWNSHIP, Pa. (WHTM) — The moment the roof collapsed into a York County skating rink was caught on camera Sunday night in West Manchester Township.
It’s still unclear what started that fire that firefighters fought for several hours in the snow, then pouring rain.
DOVER, Pa. (WHTM) — After the heavy snowfall, you can find 11-year-old Mason Torbert working hard shoveling snow so he can save up money to play his favorite sport, football with his friends.
“I want to work for it and get it done, so I can go play tackle because I love that sport,” Torbert said.
JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli hospital on Monday said preliminary research indicates a fourth dose of the coronavirus vaccine provides only limited defense against the omicron variant that is raging around the world.
Sheba Hospital last month began administering a fourth vaccine to more than 270 medical workers — 154 who received a Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine and 120 others who received Moderna’s. All had previously been vaccinated three times with the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine.

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Jadakiss Explains Why Living “Healthy Is Gangsta” – Vibe

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“There’s nothing corny about wanting to live.”
By DeMicia Inman
Staff Writer, News
Jadakiss offered his definition of a gangster during an episode of the Facebook Watch series The Pull Up. In a clip shared on the rapper’s social media, he explains how his lifestyle choices has made being healthy the cool thing to do, and why everyone should take a similar route.
“I think healthy is gangsta,” the 46-year-old rapper exclaimed.
He continued, “Everybody want to be tough guys and this and that, and rich. If you not healthy, you can’t be alive to spend your money. If you not healthy, you can’t enjoy the party, you can’t enjoy the perks of life, you won’t be here to see your kids graduate, to see ’em score they first touchdown, to see things like that. So health is more important than anything.”

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He continued to share how his fellow members of The Lox all maintain a health-conscious lifestyle.
“My brothers, Styles, and Sheek… Sheek been working out forever. Styles been on us to eat right and live right. So it’s a collective lifestyle that you gotta live and there’s nothing corny about wanting to live.”
The rappers not only encourage healthy habits among each other but have created space for others to do the same. In February, Styles P discussed the importance of why he decided to open Juices For Life in the Bronx with Good Morning America.
“It is important that you take care of the forgotten. Obviously, this started with us being because we’re from a Black and brown community,” said Styles. “We’re from a poverty community, but why does that mean we don’t have to eat right?”
He continued, “It’s not about being a vegan, it’s not about being plant-based, that’s not what I’m pushing on people, we push balance and health,” said Styles. “It’s about the people.”
View the full episode of Pull Up with Jadakiss featuring Lil Cease below.
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