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She needed a home-cooked meal. When I saw how her mom made that happen — wow.

She was hundreds of miles from home, but her mom knew exactly what she needed.

She needed a home-cooked meal. When I saw how her mom made that happen — wow.
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When longtime dog lover Carmen found out that being a husky safari guide in the Arctic was a real job, she was thrilled.

Not many people have an opportunity to guide sled dogs through the Arctic wilderness of Finland. So when this opportunity came along, Carmen's family was super supportive.


But they were also incredibly sad because that meant that Carmen would be moving far away, indefinitely. Fighting back tears, her mom admitted:

Mom wasn't the only one feeling the emotions. Carmen got the feels too.

And after being outside for 16 hours a day in the freezing cold, home is one of the only things on this adventurer's mind.

"All I want is a home-cooked meal. And I want to be with my family. ... My mom will cook it in the kitchen. And I'll be hovering around."

Sunday dinner is what Carmen misses the most. And it's not just the yummy taste of her favorite dish, it's all about the love that goes into making it.

So the folks at Knorr hooked her up with a delicious surprise.

They put Carmen's mom on a plane and flew her hundreds of miles from England to the Arctic, where she secretly made Sunday dinner.

"I know how she likes it cooked. How I make the gravy. How I roast the potatoes. That's all personal." — Carmen's mom

After it was done simmering, a friend delivered the meal.


Carmen's reaction?

"'Oh, my God. That's great. You've been talking to my mom.' Even though I was hundreds of miles away, it was like I was back home again."

Then BOOM — her mom walks out. Surprise!


This makes me want to call my mom. It's awesome to see someone following their dreams who is still grateful for good food and family.

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Did you know one in five families are unable to provide everyday essentials and food for their children? This summer was also the hungriest on record with one in four children not knowing where their next meal will come from – an increase from one in seven children prior to the pandemic. The effects of COVID-19 continue to be felt around the country and many people struggle to secure basic needs. Unemployment is at an all-time high and an alarming number of families face food insecurity, not only from the increased financial burdens but also because many students and families rely on schools for school meal programs and other daily essentials.

This school year is unlike any other. Frito-Lay knew the critical need to ensure children have enough food and resources to succeed. The company quickly pivoted to expand its partnership with Feed the Children, a leading nonprofit focused on alleviating childhood hunger, to create the "Building the Future Together" program to provide shelf-stable food to supplement more than a quarter-million meals and distribute 500,000 pantry staples, school supplies, snacks, books, hand sanitizer, and personal care items to schools in underserved communities.

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Working parents have always had the challenge of juggling career and kids. But during the pandemic, that juggling act feels like a full-on, three-ring circus performance, complete with clowns and rings of fire and flying elephants.

With millions of kids doing virtual learning, our routines and home lives have taken a dramatic shift. Some parents are trying to navigate working from home at the same time, some are trying to figure out who's going to watch over their kids while they work outside the home, and some are scrambling to find a new job because theirs got eliminated due to the pandemic. In addition to the logistical challenges, parents also have to deal with the emotional ups and downs of their kids, who are also dealing with an uncertain and altered reality, while also managing their own existential dread.

It's a whole freaking lot right now, honestly.

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$200 billion of COVID-19 recovery funding is being used to bail out fossil fuel companies. These mayors are combatting this and instead investing in green jobs and a just recovery.

Learn more on how cities are taking action: c40.org/divest-invest


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In 2019, the Washoe County School District in Reno, Nevada instituted a policy that forbids teachers from participating in "partisan political activities" during school hours. The policy states that "any signage that is displayed on District property that is, or becomes, political in nature must be removed or covered."

The new policy is based on the U.S. Supreme Court's 2018 Janus decision that limits public employees' First Amendment protections for speech while performing their official duties.

This new policy caused a bit of confusion with Jennifer Leja, a 7th and 8th-grade teacher in the district. She wondered if, as a bisexual woman, the new policy forbids her from discussing her sexuality.

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With the COVID-19 pandemic upending her community, Brooklyn-based singer Tiffany Obi turned to healing those who had lost loved ones the way she knew best — through music.

Obi quickly ran into one glaring issue as she began performing solo at memorials. Many of the venues where she performed didn't have the proper equipment for her to play a recorded song to accompany her singing. Often called on to perform the day before a service, Obi couldn't find any pianists to play with her on such short notice.

As she looked at the empty piano at a recent performance, Obi's had a revelation.

"Music just makes everything better," Obi said. "If there was an app to bring musicians together on short notice, we could bring so much joy to the people at those memorials."

Using the coding skills she gained at Pursuit — a rigorous, four-year intensive program that trains adults from underserved backgrounds and no prior experience in programming — Obi turned this market gap into the very first app she created.

She worked alongside four other Pursuit Fellows to build In Tune, an app that connects musicians in close proximity to foster opportunities for collaboration.

When she learned about and applied to Pursuit, Obi was eager to be a part of Pursuit's vision to empower their Fellows to build successful careers in tech. Pursuit's Fellows are representative of the community they want to build: 50% women, 70% Black or Latinx, 40% immigrant, 60% non-Bachelor's degree holders, and more than 50% are public assistance recipients.

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