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August 19, 2020

Guest Essay: Letter to Our Senators Regarding Food Insecurity

The Dominion Post– Dear Senators Capito and Manchin,

Food for All is a broad and diverse coalition of individuals and organizations across West Virginia who believe that no West Virginian should ever go without access to adequate, nutritious food. Our coalition has dedicated itself to improving food security outcomes for our friends and neighbors across the Mountain State through public policy for the past three years, and the food access situation in our state has never been more dire than it is right now. Read the full article here or access the letter directly here.

Many of your constituents are on the brink, their incomes have collapsed, their car, rent and mortgage payments are delayed and many are facing an imminent threat of eviction. We are hearing about families needing to skip meals or accessing foods with very low nutritional content due to its lower costs. While charitable food agencies have stepped in to try and fill the void, it is simply not enough to address the problem.

We are extremely concerned at the unacceptable response presented by the leadership of the United States Senate last week. While we understand negotiations are ongoing, the HEALS Act as it was released will exacerbate the problems we are seeing around household food insecurity in West Virginia.

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