The COVID-19 pandemic and its economic fallout has impacted many, particularly our most vulnerable neighbors. New data from The Greater Boston Food Bank and Feeding America reveals how this crisis has caused food insecurity to skyrocket by 59% in Eastern Massachusetts.
New Food Insecurity Data
This data validates the demand GBFB and our partner agencies have been seeing over the last couple of months and that will remain for several months to come. A few key stats:
Federal Action on Food Insecurity
This data demonstrates the need for Congress to double-down on its investments in SNAP, the first line of defense against hunger, in the next COVID-19 relief package. The emergency feeding system cannot shoulder this increased need alone, which is why GBFB is calling on Congress to include critical provisions for the expansion and sustainability of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP):
SNAP is uniquely positioned to help us through both the economic and public health crises brought on by this pandemic. It helps struggling households buy food to keep them healthy while generating economic activity in our local economies. Congress must make these changes now for the future health and wellbeing of our communities.
Call to Action
Tell Congress to Boost SNAP in the Next COVID-19 Relief Bill
Hello [STAFFER NAME],
My name is [YOUR NAME] and I am constituent from [TOWN]. I am contacting you today about Congress’ response to the COVID-19 crisis.
I appreciate the work you are doing to help Americans hurt by this disaster.
However, food access is an issue that I care deeply about, and I don’t think it has received the support it deserves in Congress’ relief packages.[SHARE PERSONAL STORY ABOUT WHY HUNGER MATTERS TO YOU]
As Congress debates its next steps, I’m asking you to invest in food assistance, particularly by raising SNAP minimum and maximum benefits.
Thank you for your time. Stay safe and healthy!
We’re in this fight together. Our collective health and well being takes our collective action.
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