Food news we’re reading this week: Dec. 9, 2015

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Lend a hand. In Ohio, 7.5 percent of households experienced very low food security in 2014 — worse than every state except for Arkansas, Maine and Missouri. How can you help? Make a donation to a local foodbank — and an article on our website shares what food pantries really want you to know.

Assembly required. This is the year you’re going to make that masterpiece gingerbread house, right? MassLive has 9 tips you need to read before you build.

The Force is strong with this one. Ample Hills Creamery is gearing up for the Dec. 18 release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. First We Feast says the ice cream company created two limited-edition Star Wars ice cream flavors in collaboration with Disney and Lucasfilm. The Star Wars pints are sold online in four-packs (two of each flavor) for $36 and can be shipped anywhere in the US. Luke lovers, better put it on your Christmas list.

Good news for nut-lovers. According to USDA, a 28-gram serving of walnuts contains 146 calories, which is less than the 185 calories they were thought to contain! Who’s calorie-counting now?

Christmas menu. Entertaining vegan guests this Christmas? Whole Foods Market has some dishes to try. You don’t have to be vegan to dig into the chocolate mousse or warm winter greens salad, though.

Can you define that, please? Granola bar maker Kind Bar has asked the Food and Drug Administration to redefine “healthy,” ever since the FDA asked the company to stop promoting their product as healthy. Via CNN.

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