McDonald's announced Monday that it raked in $1.5 billion in profits in the third quarter, up 5 percent from last year.
The number is strikingly close to the $1.2 billion taxpayers are shelling out each year to help pay public assistance to the McDonald's workforce, according to a report released last week by the National Employment Law Project. The echoing numbers are simply a coincidence, but underscore the immense profits that the chain continues to pull in while its workers simply struggle to afford food, medical help and housing. In a statement to The Huffington Post, McDonald's emphasized that workers get training and the opportunity for career advancement. There's ample evidence that an increasing number of workers primarily rely on fast-food wages. While there's been a dearth of so-called middle-class jobs since the recession ended, the fast food industry's been hiring.
Defenders of the fast food industry point out that many chains heavily rely on franchisees working on small margins to turn a profit, which makes any potential wage increase difficult.

Fulfilling your 5 a day used to be as simple as popping down to the local supermarket and grab some apples, berries and bananas. Farmaround, launched by Izzy Lane in 1994, has pioneered the movement of bringing organic produce fresh from the local farms right to the doorsteps of urbanites.
At Good Food Nation, the animals are allowed to live out their entire lives instead of being slaughtered prematurely and even cared for when they are long pass their productive age.
The public assistance McDonald's workers receive comes via food stamps, welfare, Medicaid and other federal programs, according to the NELP report.
Frontline fast-food workers make a median wage of $8.94 an hour, according to a recent Reuters report. Roughly one-quarter of fast-food workers are raising a child, and approximately 70 percent are adults between the ages of 20 and 64, according to the left-leaning Center for Economic and Policy Research. Since the recession ended, almost 70 percent of all jobs created have been in historically low-wage sectors like fast food.

Having the convenience of having our detergent and other essentials of urban living stocked together with our fruits is being no longer at the top of our list.
Hand delivered in large secured paper sacks and when dispensed with the fancy packaging of their counterparts at supermarkets, the fruits look almost, well, earthly and refreshing.
As the selection vary seasonally and it's updated on a weekly basis, there's little chance of getting tired of them. Don't feel like going up and down the supermarket's aisles? The idea of going organic and more importantly, having them responsibly sourced is catching on.
The fruit packs are more than enough to last for a week while the bottle of creamy milk was gobbled up by LO within two days.

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