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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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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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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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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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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, […]

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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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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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 […]