Hunger in America, Especially for Children, Has “Skyrocketed” During COVID-19, Data Shows

Originally published on The Intercept. “What I see every day from the pandemic is amazingly-increased numbers of severely underweight children coming to our clinic, and parents really panicked about how they’re going to find enough food,” says Dr. Megan Sandel, an associate professor of pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine. According to CBPP, the […]

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As childhood hunger rises, a key food-stamp benefit is ending

Originally published on CBS News. “Undernourished kids” Dr. Megan Sandel said she used to see parents coming into her clinics who would run out of grocery money at the end of the month. Now, they’re running out of money in the second or third week as financial pressures mount due to the coronavirus pandemic. That’s why […]

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‘How Am I Going To Make It?’ Months of Eviction Uncertainty Are Taking a Toll on Millions of Families

Originally published on Time. Months of such uncertainty can have real consequences. In order to keep a roof over their heads, families may compromise on food, energy and health care bills, experts say. “These things not only take a physical toll, but they take a mental health toll,” says Dr. Megan Sandel, an associate professor of […]

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Clock Ticks On Pandemic EBT Program

Originally published on KUNR.  A federal program called Pandemic EBT has been a lifeline for many low-income families recently. But unless Congress acts, it’ll expire at the end of the month. P-EBT, launched in March when schools across the county began to close, was designed as a substitute for free or reduced-price school lunches. Families […]

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Millions of Children Go Hungry as Mitch McConnell Blocks Stimulus Bill

Originally published on Truthout. Advocates on the front lines say they are seeing an alarming increase in the number of families going hungry in communities across the country. Megan Sandel, a physician at the Grow Clinic for Children at Boston Medical Center and investigator for Children’s HealthWatch, said the number of families showing up at the medical […]

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Upcoming expiration for P-EBT food assistance for school children threatens long-term ramifications

Originally published on Food Navigator USA. Public health advocates fear Congress will adjourn for fall break without first extending emergency food assistance that is set to expire at the end of the month – potentially leaving millions of families whose children rely on free or reduced school meals with insufficient food.

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‘No excuse for inaction’: Experts urge Congress to extend program providing free school replacement meals for kids

Originally published on CNBC. Widespread food insecurity may have long-term consequences “What I see every single day from the pandemic is really just amazingly increased numbers of severely underweight children coming to our clinic, and parents really panicked about how they’re going to find enough food,” says Dr. Megan Sandel, co-director of the Grow Clinic for […]

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Program That Provides Food To School-Age Children Could End Soon If Congress Doesn’t Extend It

Originally published on Maine Public Radio. The Pandemic EBT or P-EBT program provides EBT cards directly to families who receive free or reduced-price meals. The progressive think tank Center on Budget and Policy Priorities says the program has delivered some $7-10 billion in food assistance to up to 30 million school children. It is calling […]

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Looming wave of evictions, housing instability poses threat to health

Originally published on U.S. News World & Report. Dr. Megan Sandel, an associate professor of pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine, said the pattern of evictions often follow the historic trends of disinvestment in communities from redlining, the unequal treatment in lending faced by many communities of color. “You see this perpetuation of housing […]

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Nutritional assistance program needed to treat increasing food insecurity among children and their families

Originally published on Medical Xpress. A new perspective published in Pediatrics warns of the detrimental consequences food insecurity can have on children and families. Written by pediatric health experts from Children’s HealthWatch, based at Boston Medical Center, the perspective highlights the importance of protecting and enhancing SNAP benefits given the financial challenges facing millions of families, particularly […]