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Coronavirus Means School Food is Free. What if it Stayed That Way?

Originally published on Ozy. Worry is an early symptom of what those who monitor hunger refer to as “food insecurity,” a spectrum that begins with a person’s concern that they won’t be able to buy food and extends to reduced or missed meals, or “very low food security” in the USDA parlance. “Food insecurity, it […]

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Public health officials fear evictions could worsen COVID-19 spike in Mass.

Originally published on The Boston Globe. “The people who are struggling to pay rent could be your grocery worker, your delivery worker, your cleaner, your parent’s home care worker,” said Karen Chen, executive director of the Chinese Progressive Association. “You want them to be healthy. You want them to have a safe and healthy place […]

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Massachusetts leaders must deliver relief to poor families now

Originally published on The Boston Globe. As people across Massachusetts inch toward the ninth month of their coronavirus experience, it’s often difficult to remember what life was like before it all began. While we continue to face this unprecedented public health crisis, we’re also facing the devastating impact it’s had on our local and national […]

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Boston Medical Center-led initiative wins $5 million from JPMorgan Chase to help inner city neighborhoods

Originally published on The Boston Globe. JPMorgan Chase is awarding $5 million over three years to a new Boston Medical Center-led initiative aimed at preparing residents of inner-city neighborhoods for better paying jobs and increasing access to affordable housing. The financial services giant and the hospital plan to announce on Thursday that Boston is the […]

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Stress from worrying about eviction causing physical problems for kids, parents

Originally published on Local 12. CINCINNATI (WKRC) – Dr. Megan Sandel is the co-director of the Grow Clinic at Boston Medical Center. They work with children diagnosed with “failure to thrive.” “These are kids that are an inch off of the growth curve. They meet the World Health Organization diagnosis for malnutrition, but they live in the […]

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Feeding America warns of shortage of up to EIGHT BILLION meals across the country over next 12 months, which could leave millions of Americans hungry during the pandemic

Originally published on Daily Mail. Megan Sandel, co-director of the Grow Clinic for Children at Boston Medical Center, said that she’s seen low-income parents who usually make ends meet are running out of food by the middle of the month. ‘Now they are running out of their food budget the second or third week of […]

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Pandemic Creates Plague of Evictions

Originally published on Urban Milwaukee. Doctor: Evictions akin to “toxic exposure” Dr. Megan Sandel, a pediatrician at Boston Medical Center, said at least a third of the 14,000 families whose children are seen at the center have fallen behind on their rent, a figure mirrored in national reports. Hospital officials worry that an evictions spike would trigger […]

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How housing negatively impacts our physical and mental health

Originally published on KUSI News. SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego Housing Federation (SDHF) will hold its 2020 Annual Affordable Housing and Community Development Conference virtually the week of Oct. 5-9th. Bringing more than 600 industry professionals and community and business leaders together, the annual conference will cover topics ranging from financing strategies to […]

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ESTUDIO: Inseguridad alimentaria se duplicó en MA con la pandemia

Originally published on El Planeta. La pandemia ha duplicado el número de personas que padecen inseguridad alimentaria en Massachusetts, particularmente a las familias afroamericanas y latinas, señala un informe de Boston Foundation, Project Bread y Children’s HealthWatch Massachusetts ha tenido tradicionalmente una inseguridad alimentaria más baja que el promedio nacional. Sin embargo, la pandemia hizo […]

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Homelessness During Pandemic Making A Bad Situation Worse

Originally published on KPBS. In the United States, nearly 60% of the millions who are homeless are children. And because they are homeless, they experience poor physical and mental health and increased levels of illness and death. The crisis of COVID-19 has both highlighted and worsened these conditions, said Dr. Megan Sandel, co-director of the Grow […]