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Too many go hungry

Don't know what you're having for dinner tonight? Millions of people do and it'll be the same as last night: Not much. While we count calories and fret about getting too much fat, cholesterol and sodium, on World Hunger Day relief officials have trouble counting the millions of hungry and worry about those who don't get enough. Perhaps 200-million children are hungry around the world, both in famine-ravaged Third World countries and in American poverty. The numbers are never certain but still frightening, and the faces are disturbingly familiar from news reports and on local streets. The solutions involve economic assistance as well as food. If you want to help, now and during the coming season:

Join SHARE, the Tampa Bay cooperative network that provides low-cost food in exchange for volunteer service, (800) 536-3379.

Donate to local food banks like the St. Petersburg Free Clinic or Divine Providence in Tampa and support tornado and hurricane relief funds.

Listen seriously to kids joining crop walks, the Salvation Army and religious relief organizations.

Write for more information from Bread for the World, 802 Rhode Island Ave. NE, Wash. D.C., 20018, an interfaith institute on hunger and development.

Stone crabs are here

This is one of those days when Florida diners and shoppers hope everything's coming up . . . crabs. Stone crabs, that is. Today is the first day of the Florida season and the boats went out this morning and started hauling up their traps to see how many of the mighty crab have been caught. In any case, we'll soon have the delicacy of stone crab claws back on our tables again. By the way, we do know that citrus farmers have a big catch this year (unlike crabs, fruit does grow on trees). Right now, the harvest looks to be up anywhere from 15 to 30 percent. The first crops coming in are grapefruits, tangerines and Hamlin oranges. Look for tangeloes and Florida navels next.

Seafood hit parade

Tuna, shrimp, cod, Alaska pollock and salmon topped America's list of favorite seafoods in 1991, according to the National Fisheries Institute. Rounding out the list: catfish, clams, flatfish, crabs and scallops. Alaska pollock ranked fourth because it is used as a raw ingredient in breaded seafoods, as well as surimi seafoods, which are often called imitation crab meat, lobster and shrimp.

Healthful foodstuffs

Processed food isn't all bad for kids. There's not a lot that's good, in the eyes of Ralph Nader's Center for Science in the Public Interest, but the group turned up some healthful items in a recent study. Among the goods: Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Wheat cereal, Post Grape-Nuts, Guiltless Gourmet no oil tortilla chips, Weight Watchers microwave popcorn, Healthy Choice's frozen macaroni and cheese entree, Tyson Looney Tunes Pasta, FrozFruit dessert bars, Nature's Choice Real Fruit Bars, and Campbell low sodium chicken with noodles soup. (Note there's not a hot dog or a granola bar on the list). For a copy, send $5 for the Children's Report to: CSPI, 1875 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 300, Washington D.C. 20009.

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