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Jennifer Lopez Partners With Yoplait to Help Food Banks Says “It’s An Obligation” After Experiencing Food Insecurity As A Child

Former fly-girl, Jennifer Lopez, has teamed up with Yoplait to unveil its Lids to Feed America Program. This program supports Feeding America food banks and provides funding for communities and families in need of nutritious foods.

Dairy is one of the highest requested foods at food banks and yet remains the least donated food items across America. An 8-ounce glass of milk contains nine necessary nutrients and eight grams of protein essential for children and their growth. But the COVID-19 crisis has limited access to food, especially for growing children.

Before the pandemic, more than 35 million Americans including 11 million children experienced food insecurity. Now, this figure has almost doubled from 10.5% to 23% since the rise of the coronavirus. This means that 1 in 4 households have experienced food insecurity this year brought on by the pandemic and its subsequent rise in unemployment numbers.

This crisis hits close to home for Jennifer Lopez.

“I grew up in those neighborhoods and I know what it’s like when things get tough. You know back in the day, we used to have like the government cheese and stuff like that. Like I was part of all of those programs that they had for people who were hurting. My dad was out of work or my mom was out of work and we were struggling a bit. So these programs are so important and I have lived it firsthand,” Jenny from the Block tells FIERCE.

Black, Indigenous, and Latinx communities have been hit the hardest by the pandemic and food insecurity crisis. Nationwide, 18 of the 28 counties with the largest Native American population were projected to be in the top 10% of food insecurity rates due to COVID-19. Latinx and Black households are two times more likely to be vulnerable to food insecurity than white families. Black families are affected by food insecurity at 27.1%, and Latinx families are 27% more likely to suffer from access to food, while this affects white families at 13.5% during this pandemic.

Now with this new Yoplait campaign, J.Lo hopes she can give back, especially to some of these same communities she came from.

“I’ve never made it a secret that I grew up in the Bronx and how I grew up,” the On The 6 singer tells FIERCE. “It’s super important to help in different ways and in the different programs like this, that really target minority neighborhoods and people who lived in the way that I did when I grew up.” adds J.Lo.

Additionally, it’s no secret how much of a talented dancer J.Lo is. She’s using her experience with fitness to encourage her healthy habits in this Yoplait program for families nationwide.

“For me, dance is such a big part of my life and during the quarantine, I think like most moms,” says the mother of 12-year-old twins, Max and Emme.

“I was worried that these kids were just spending all their time on their electronics,” J.Lo tells FIERCE.

To get people moving, J.Lo decided to do a campaign with Yoplait called Yoplaitime where she encourages families to submit a video of them dancing to her hit song with Maluma “Pa Ti.” For every video with the hashtag #YoplaitimeDonation, Yoplait donates a dollar up to $300,000 to Feeding America.

“The dance challenges are, are so much fun and moms loved doing them with their kids. And it was just about getting them outside to play. And I just loved that idea because I feel like that’s a lost art. Like that’s how I grew up. I was out in the street playing all the time and, and kids just don’t get outside anymore. And it’s, it’s so important.” says J.Lo.

Not only is she encouraging families to dance and give back, but this message first and foremost starts in her own house with her own children.

“I’m so aware that my kids are growing up so different than I did. Like they have no idea. And I always tell them, it’s our job, that we are in a position of privilege to help others.

And it is not just something we do out of kindness. It is an obligation. It is a responsibility of you and me, of everyone who has a little bit more to help people because I was that person growing up. And whenever anybody helped me it made such a difference in my life. And so I definitely have made that a big part of what I teach them just as human beings to be better human beings-to be good human beings. I always tell them, you know, I want you to do good in school, but it’s better to me that you’re a good person.”

J.Lo gives the rundown on how Yoplait Lids is helping make a difference during this COVID-19 crisis.

“They donate 70 million meals. They have 1.4 million into meal connect, and it’s easy to be a part of it. What they’re doing is encouraging people. If you just purchase your favorite Yoplait products with specially marked packaging or the one with the gold lid, once you’re home, you can just scan and submit your receipt to the Yoplaitlids.com and enter your zip code. And for every eligible product submission, Yoplait will donate 10 cents to feeding America up for a total of up to $600,000.”

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Missouri Woman Seen Holding Pelosi Sign Faces First Judge In Series Of Court Dates For Federal Charges

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Missouri Woman Seen Holding Pelosi Sign Faces First Judge In Series Of Court Dates For Federal Charges

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Update January 21, 2021

A Missouri woman named Emily Hernandez had a court hearing in St. Louis after her involvement in the Capitol riots. Hernandez, 21, is facing several federal charges after participating in the deadly Capitol riot.

Emily Hernandez is facing the music after storming the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

According to KSDK, Hernandez, who is from Sullivan, Missouri, has been released without bond after her first hearing in St. Louis. She has been ordered to stay in the Eastern District of Missouri until her next court date in Washington. Part of the terms of her release is that she is not allowed to travel to Washington other than for her court date.

During the hearing, she was recorded saying, “I’m sorry, I’m nervous.”

Hernandez is facing the following federal charges: knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds, disorderly conduct which impedes the conduct of government business, steal, sell, convey or dispose of anything of value in the United States, disruptive conduct in the Capitol buildings, parading, demonstrating or picketing in the Capitol buildings.

Original: After a group of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol Jan. 6, people immediately started identifying the intruders. Videos have been circulating and people are steadily contacting the FBI to expose them. Instagram page @homegrownterrorists is one of the leading forces in identifying the rioters.

On Jan. 6, people stormed our Capitol building and the American people are demanding justice.

Images of people storming the Capitol building and looting the offices of members of Congress startled people around the world. One of the safest places in the world was overrun by far-right Trump supporters attacking the democratic process. Americans are demanding justice and working together to identify and report as many people to the FBI that were at the Capitol.

The Instagram page is unapologetically encouraging followers to identify people at the Capitol.

Five people died as a result of the riot, two of them were police officers. The Instagram page, run anonymously, is encouraging people to share the photos to their stories to increase the reach. The account might not have any legal power, but it is having some success. There has been more than one person identified through the IG page that has led to people losing jobs and being arrested by the FBI.

The account has disappeared multiple times but always comes back.

The mystery person running the account has expressed concern over their safety. The account has been suspended by Instagram after being reported by multiple people. There has even been some talk about them receiving threats of violence via DMs.

The person who runs the account has mentioned it randomly on their stories but with no real detail. According to recent stories, the person behind the account doesn’t want to antagonize the people sending threats.

The owner of the account did say that they have been contacted by Instagram about the account.

A tweet from HomeGrownTerrorists caught Instagram’s attention and the account was reinstated. However, there was a backup account to keep functioning in case the original got deleted. IG and the account owner reached an agreement where they get to keep the main account and the backup account was permanently banned. No questions asked.

If you want to help or be connected to the cause, you can follow this page on Instagram.

There are a lot of people left to identify and the nation’s law enforcement is bracing for more violence. Capitols in all 50 states are on alert for possible attacks and the National Guard is being mobilized in big numbers for the inauguration. We are not out of the woods when it comes to the threats that have been made.

READ: After Last Week’s Riots, A Black Woman Has Been Appointed to U.S. Capitol Police Chief

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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An unnamed UPS delivery driver has been fired after being caught using racist language when delivering a package to a Latino household. The incident occurred on December 17th.

The video, which was caught on a doorbell camera’s security footage, shows a white UPS driver appearing to be angry when delivering a package.

“Now you don’t get f—–g nothing…You can’t read and write and speak the f—–g English language,” he says while writing a “failed to deliver” notice and pasting it on the house’s front door.

The Aviles family says that the footage shows that the UPS worker never even attempted to deliver the package in the first place. He never rang the doorbell or knocked on the door. Based on that, the family has come to the conclusion that the driver intentionally withheld the package from the family out of prejudice and spite

They believe that the only way the driver could’ve known that the family was Latino was by making assumptions based off the name on the package.

“The only information this driver had that could serve as a trigger for this deep-seated hate was the name on the package,” said Forward Latino President Darryl Morin at a press conference addressing the incident.

“So what we have here is a very intentional act to ruin Christmas for somebody, for someone to spew this hateful rhetoric, and quite honestly to deceive their employer,” Morin continued.

Per UPS, the employee has now been fired. “There is no place in any community for racism, bigotry or hate. This is very serious and we promptly took action, terminating the driver’s employment. UPS is wholeheartedly committed to diversity, equity and inclusion,” UPS said in a statement. They also said they contacted the family to apologize.

But the Aviles family is still rattled that such bigoted people are out and about, letting their petty prejudices effect other people’s lives.

“The package was a Christmas gift that we eventually received after Christmas Day, but what if it happened to have time-sensitive content like an epipen or a book I needed to take a final,” said Shirley Aviles, the mother of the man who lives at the address, told NBC News. “I don’t get it. It’s just sad.”

Aviles seemed disturbed about what this incident says about human nature. “This is about the things people do when they think no one is watching them. That’s important because that’s when you see people’s true colors and that’s what’s scary,”

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