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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 […]

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Pandemic unemployment assistance necessary to maintain nation’s health

Originally published on The Hill. The $600 weekly Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) has expired and is gone until Congress acts. Opponents of continuing the PUA cite a fictional entitlement myth, just like Reagan’s welfare queen — namely that people will refuse to work, staying at home and living off government largesse if they make more on unemployment than […]

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Looming Rise in Family Homelessness will Harm Child Health

Originally published on On The Home Front. As pediatricians, we see the child health impacts of housing instability and homelessness in our clinical practice daily. We worry about the ongoing health of our patients if these families are evicted or forced into homelessness. Based on current data, we know that the COVID-19 crisis is likely […]

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EDUARDO OCHOA: Prioritize health

Originally published on Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette. While the four walls of my clinic at Arkansas Children’s Hospital have felt more virtual due to telemedicine visits, the stress on the parents of my young patients is palpable. They worry about whether or not they will have enough money to pay for rent, food, and medicine, […]

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Our food system will collapse without federal assistance

Originally published on The Boston Globe. In Massachusetts, a worker making minimum wage would need to log 80 hours a week just to afford a two-bedroom apartment, let alone heat, medical bills, and childcare, leaving little to nothing left for food. And minority and under-resourced communities are being hit the hardest. The State of Hunger […]

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These Mothers Are Fighting for Their Families by Occupying Vacant Homes

Originally published on Rewire News. Moms 4 Housing has framed their fight for housing as a human right; their claim to secure and affordable housing is shaped through their identity as mothers with children in their care. Their demand for a home in which they can securely dwell and raise their family is a core […]