Kenya’s COVID-19 lockdown is forcing people to make difficult food and household energy decisions

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Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was estimated that 85% of people living in Nairobi’s informal settlements were food insecure. This means they could not afford to pay for sufficient quantities of food. Food insecurity was mainly caused by poverty due to high rates of unemployment.

The COVID-19 pandemic has made matters worse for the over two million people living in the city’s informal settlements—about 56% of the capital’s population. Because families are not growing their own food in such urban areas, paid work is crucial to ensuring they purchase enough to eat. Unfortunately, over a

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Over sourdough? Here are five cooking projects to take on during year two of COVID-19

If you’ve spent the majority of your time at home over the past year, it’s likely you’ve started a coronavirus project. What’s even more likely is that your project is making sourdough bread. The pandemic’s lockdown spurred a 2020 baking craze, which in turn led to flour and yeast shortages, and the resulting media attention brought on even more excited bakers. Home bakers turned sourdough tutorials into their side hustles, and celebrities also got in on the baking craze. On FoodPrint — a website focused on the entire food system — our primer on making the fermented dough and

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COVID-19 and Regulating Third-Party Food Delivery Services

Disputes between restaurants and third-party food delivery services—such as Grubhub and Uber Eats—have made headlines over recent years. This tension has only been compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic. 2020 was a particularly tough year for restaurants across the country and even tougher in cities like New York where rents are high and state-mandated business closures resulted in significant cuts to already narrow profit margins. However, the same has not been true for third-party food delivery services. In 2020, food delivery apps saw substantial increases in revenues. Uber Eats, for example, reported revenues of $2.51 billion in 2019; that number jumped

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Supes Cap Food Delivery Fees During Covid-19

Lending a hand to local restaurants suffering economically under COVID-19 restrictions, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday capped what third parties can charge for food delivery.

DoorDash, Uber Eats, Grubhub, and other services now can only charge up to 15 percent of the total cost of an order, and 10 percent of third-party orders picked up by the customer at a restaurant. Typically, delivery providers charge up to 30 percent.

The cap would be lifted once the state allows restaurants to open indoor seating at 100 percent capacity, though the board can revisit that at any time.

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Charlotte’s food scene: Will COVID-19 destroy or enhance it?

But out of those ashes, almost as many new restaurants have opened or are about to open.

Williams said he gets calls daily from people looking to open restaurants. He believes the restaurant scene is going to be just fine, in part because Charlotte is still a growing city and because the pandemic has made residents appreciate the atmosphere a restaurant provides.

“We’re communal people, and people are gonna want to get out and back to their normal routines,” Williams said.

Paul Verica is the acclaimed chef and owner of The Stanley in the Elizabeth neighborhood of Charlotte, North Carolina,

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How Jembatan 5 in the Italian kept Jakarta coming to Philly amid COVID-19

Philly is known for its ‘hole in the wall’ eats and eclectic bites that grab the attention of locals throughout the city.

Jembatan 5 is no exception.

Although the quaint restaurant has only been around since May 2019, business picked up the minute locals found out about the restaurant.

“We wanted to move from Harrisburg to Philly to open up a restaurant because we feel that people in Philly are more adventurous when it comes to trying new foods,” Laksana said.

Before opening the establishment, Nadia and her husband used to travel to Philly from Harrisburg to discover different kinds

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