It’s Friday afternoon, and that means it’s time for me to give you a little weekend reading from around the web. Since there was so much going on in Washington this week regarding our food system, I thought we’d stick to that this weekend.

  • I told you earlier this week that the Senate passed a version of The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act. Good news right? Maybe not. Grist reports on a technical difficulty with the bill that might have it dead on arrival in the House.
  • The Healthy, Hungry-Free Kids Act passed in the House yesterday and is being sent to the President for his signature. Slow Food USA tells us what’s good about the bill.
  • The Slow Cook isn’t so impressed with the Healthy, Hungry-Free Kids Act. They feel kids will only be served up more foods they won’t eat instead of getting a choice of healthy foods they like.
  • Obama Foodorama reports that the USDA will give over $4 million in grants or 77 different food projects in 34 states to make healthy food accessible to all families. 
And, while Congress has been debating food safety and school lunches, and the USDA has been awarding grants for healthy food, The New York Daily News reports that there are many people that are still hungry. Food pantries are turning people away. It’s not just in New York City. The past three years of recession have stretched the resources of food pantries. Please consider donating non-perishables or money to food banks and food pantries.

Enjoy your weekend!

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Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Weekend reads: It's been a food and politics type of week
Food news and items of interest from around the Web for your weekend reading.