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The State of Hunger: Before & Since the Pandemic

Originally published on The Boston Foundation. The Boston Foundation, together with Project Bread and Children’s HealthWatch, hosted a forum on food insecurity on October 6, analyzing new research on our region pre- and post-coronavirus, and discussing the issue with those who see it play out in daily life. More than 300 people listened online as […]

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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 […]

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U.S. faces shortage of up to 8 billion meals in next 12 months, leading food bank says

Originally published on The Washington Post. Shortfalls in these programs put extra pressure on food banks during the pandemic. And the effects of these deficits are not just short-term, says Megan Sandel, co-director of the Grow Clinic for Children at Boston Medical Center. She says she has seen a 40 percent increase in her caseload, […]

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No, the Recession Isn’t Over—and It’s About to Get Much Worse for Some

Originally published on Time. Health care practitioners have already been seeing the impact of families’ scrambling to make ends meet on children’s health. “What I see every single day from the pandemic is really amazingly increased numbers of severely underweight children coming to our clinic, and parents really panicked about how they are going to […]

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Evictions Damage Public Health. The CDC Aims To Curb Them ― For Now

Originally published on NPR. Doctor: Evictions akin to “toxic exposure” Megan Sandel, a pediatrician at Boston Medical Center, says at least a third of the 14,000 families with children that seek treatment at her medical center have fallen behind on their rent, a figure mirrored in national reports. Hospital officials worry that evictions during the pandemic […]

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 […]