Food Security

July 23, 2020 by Seth DiStefano
Addressing Food Insecurity during a Pandemic

As the United States Senate reconvenes to negotiate what may well be the final COVID-19 relief package, addressing food insecurity must be a top priority. The lasting negative impacts of hunger, especially for children, are widely known. Congress has not only the opportunity, but the duty to act to avoid those consequences and support families…

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July 23, 2020 by Seth DiStefano
When COVID-19 Forced Schools to Close, Child Hunger Surged in West Virginia

USA Today - Jessica Smith lives with her family in the small town of Belle, about six miles from a high school where nonprofits provide free meals to families in need. Read full article here. But, like several other families who qualify for the program, Smith, a 39-year-old mother of two, does not own a car, making…

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July 22, 2020 by Seth DiStefano
Some West Virginia Kids Go Hungry as State Touts Summer Feeding Plan

Mountain State Spotlight - Jennifer Boyle-Hempel eats just once a day so she can save her limited food for her kids. She and her husband run an art studio in Elkins, but they are out of work because of the COVID-19 pandemic. At times, she hasn’t had enough food to feed everyone in her house,…

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July 15, 2020 by Kelly Allen
Kelly Allen: Direct Dollars Towards Need

Beckley Register-Herald - Across our state, West Virginians are continuing to bear the brunt of the COVID-19 public health and economic crisis. Food insecurity is spiking, families are facing eviction from their homes because they can’t afford rent, parents are struggling to balance child care and work, and officials are scrambling to figure out how…

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May 14, 2020 by Seth DiStefano
Food Pantries and Soup Kitchens Alone Cannot Meet Increased Need in West Virginia

In order for West Virginia to successfully address food insecurity during the response to COVID-19 and throughout the economic fallout of the pandemic, Congress should immediately increase the maximum SNAP allotment by 15% for all SNAP households. While the House of Representatives’ recently introduced HEROES Act includes this increase in food assistance, it stops short…

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November 19, 2019 by Kelly Allen
Another Proposed SNAP Rule Threatens Food Security for Tens of Thousands of West Virginia Families

Last month, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Trump Administration unveiled their third attack in a year on the nation’s nutrition safety net, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). This latest proposal would essentially force families to choose between paying their utilities and putting food on the table. The proposed rule, which…

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September 5, 2019 by WVCBP
Guest Post: Proposed SNAP Rule Will Harm our Families and Depress our Food Economy

Josh Lohnes, Food Policy Research Director for West Virginia University's Food Justice Lab, authored this guest blog post. The WVU Food Justice Lab is an experimental space for research and action focused on challenging food system inequalities. As part of their food security work, Dr. Lohnes and his team estimated the potential impacts in West Virginia…

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April 3, 2019 by Kelly Allen
USDA Proposed SNAP Rule Would Harm Residents and the Economy

Click here to see our full comments on the USDA’s proposed rule. SNAP plays a critical role for food security in West Virginia, where 14.6 percent of the population is food insecure. In Fiscal Year 2017, SNAP reached 19 percent of the population, or 340,000 residents. Children who receive SNAP in early childhood see improved…

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