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Food insecurity seems to have risen during the pandemic. Why that’s critical for Philadelphia’s early learners.

Originally published on Chalkbeat Philadelphia. Felice Le-Scherban, assistant professor of epidemiology at Drexel’s Dornsife School of Public Health and the principal investigator for the Philadelphia site of Children’s Healthwatch, said higher levels of food insecurity can affect early learners’ development. “Food insecurity among young children is associated with poor overall health, putting them at developmental […]

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Watertown Public Schools keeps students fed amid growing food insecurity

Originally published on Wicked Local. The main federally funded options offered through states to combat long-term food insecurity at the individual level are the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Pandemic-EBT, and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children or WIC. Dr. Deborah Frank, a pediatrics professor at the Boston University School of Medicine […]

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Pandemic EBT – Summer 2021 | Hear What They’re Saying

Originally published on U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE. “Children of all ages need nutritious meals year-round to stay healthy and thrive. Unfortunately, every summer I meet families in my clinic struggling to afford food when their children are out of school. Access to meals is the best treatment for summer hunger. Summer P-EBT will ensure families […]

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Addressing Food Insecurity Among Young Children During the Pandemic: Innovations from Vermont and Washington State

Originally published on Center for Health Care Strategies. III. Vermont’s Statewide Approach to Hunger Screening: Lessons from the Pandemic Speaker: Beverly Boget, Director of Early Childhood, Health Care, Integration, Let’s Grow Kids, Tanya Lachapelle, Community and Program Supports Specialist, Let’s Grow Kids, and Lauren Smith, Help Me Grow Coordinator, VT Department of Health The Vermont […]

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Podcast: Hunger in America – Part 2

Originally published on Two Reporters. When you see students across the nation struggling with learning and behavioral problems, it could be partly because their families can’t afford enough good food. Dr. Megan Sandel has a bold idea: give them more money.

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Podcast: Hunger in America – Part 1

Originally published on Two Reporters. We all wish we had a doctor like Megan Sandel – kind, eloquent, a great story-teller, and passionate about social justice. Children she treats at the GROW clinic echo poor regions of Africa, they’re so malnourished – but it’s Boston. Megan says America has barely begun to tackle social problems […]

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‘We Will Handle It.’ An Army of Women Is Taking on the Hunger Crisis in Local Communities

Originally published on TIME. While SNAP and other federal food-aid programs have changed substantially since the ’60s, they still leave millions of Americans struggling to get enough to eat. A single person making more than $1,064 a month after taxes does not qualify for any SNAP funds at all, and those who do qualify often can’t feed […]

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Thousands Wait In Lines At Food Pantries. They Could Be Shopping At Grocery Stores

Originally published on GBH. A growing number of people in Massachusetts are accessing SNAP benefits. Between March and June of last year, households enrolled in SNAP grew by 19% over pre-pandemic rates, according to the Department of Transitional Assistance, which oversees the SNAP program in Massachusetts. Yet, by the DTA’s own estimates, more than 700,000 […]

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Children’s HealthWatch Submits a Comment in Opposition to a Proposed Federal Rule That Would Rollback Nutrition Standards of School Meals

On December 23rd, Children HealthWatch submitted a comment in response to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) Proposed Rule, “Restoration of Milk, Whole Grains, and Sodium Flexibilities” published in the Federal Register on November 25th. At a time of unprecedented food insecurity rates and health disparities, our nation’s children […]

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A First Look at Preliminary Children’s HealthWatch COVID-19 Survey Data

High Levels of Household Food Insecurity Persist among Families in Boston, Massachusetts during the COVID-19 Pandemic Key Takeaways In Metro Boston, rates of household food insecurity have persisted at high levels among Children’s HealthWatch families. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, preliminary data show 38.5 percent of families with very young children were food insecure. Federal, state, […]