The COVID-19 global health crisis presents unique stresses and challenges to individuals and families facing issues of food insecurity. As a coalition with a broad collective view on impacts imparted by the crisis and response, we have pulled together a series of resources to help individuals and organizations learn what they can do to assist the most vulnerable members of society in our communities.
Please note that we are actively collecting resources, and will publish additional material as it becomes available:
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): General information on the novel coronavirus and COVID-19
- World Health Organization (WHO): Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public
- U.S. Department of Agriculture: Latest federal news on COVID-19
- Share Our Strength:
- Education Week: Map: Coronavirus and School Closures
- Food Research & Action Center:
- U.S. Department of Agriculture:
Dear Alliance Members and Partners:
Thank you to those of you who have taken part in our earlier Covid-19 related action alerts. We realize we are asking for a lot of actions in a short period of time, but there are many pieces of important legislation quickly moving through Congress and we must make sure the nutrition needs of the country (and the world) are addressed appropriately.
The latest piece of legislation is a bill the Senate introduced yesterday, a trillion-dollar coronavirus package (referred to as phase 3).
NOW is the time to weigh in with your Members of Congress. The stimulus package focuses on direct payments to households, small business loans an industry bail-outs. Congress is vigorously debating the elements of this stimulus package now and will likely make critical decisions over the weekend.
We need to make sure Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients benefit from the package as well.
We ask that you call your Senators and ask for the following temporary measures:
- Increase household SNAP benefits by 15%.
- Increase the minimum SNAP benefit from $16 to $30.
- Suspend all rulemaking that would limit access to SNAP.
Alliance Member Policy Statements:
As the COVID-19 crisis continues to develop, the Hunger Free Communities Network needs support to maintain and expand services.
ALL sites need financial donations, cleaning supplies, and volunteers. You can find the location of HFCs in your area by referring to the HFC Map here.
- These sites have specified a need for cleaning supplies:
- These sites have specified a need for additional volunteers:
Below is a list of other resource requests from the HFC Network.
Alabama Childhood Food Solutions – Sylacauga, AL
“We are in need of some empty, rinsed out spray bottles so we can make our own sanitizer at the ACFS warehouse. Please drop them off at 114 Canyon Ridge Road, Sylacauga, if no one is there feel free to leave at our main door. Thank you!”
Contact Jim and Linda Jones
Food For All Mendocino – Ukiah, CA
“We are in a rural county. We have heard from some community members that they don’t have enough gas to get to the store or food bank. So I could see that gas cards may be useful for those in rural communities. Also places like meals on Wheels may be struggling with costs associated with gas. It would be great if they could actually expand their operations during this crisis.”
Contact Lily Caravello
Blueprint to End Hunger – Denver, CO
“We are having trouble getting formula for moms.”
Contact Meighen Lovelace
Manna Food Center – Gaithersburg, MD
“We are beefing up our technology to communicate with food participants—ex. Purchasing bulk text messaging services and also looking at possibly reprogramming our software for food rescue to be focused on food deliveries. Having funds for technological enhancements would be helpful.”
Contact Jackie DeCarlo
United Way of King County – Seattle, WA
“hand sanitizer and thermometers. With many school districts closing today, the need for shelf stable food will grow.”
Contact Lauren E. McGowan
Great Plains Food Bank – Fargo, ND
“Boxes…preferably boxes with handles.”
Contact Melissa Sobolik
Beyond Hunger – Oak Park, IL
“Personally, the in-kind donation I’d most welcome at the moment is HR.
I have a lot of questions it would be helpful to have expert advice on:
- How to address inequities between those who MUST be on-site (risking health) and those who can work from home
- Paying people whose programs are on hiatus
- Special protections for vulnerable employees (pregnant, 60+, immunocompromised) and communicating that within HIPPAA
- Utilizing PTO vs regular pay vs time-off with no pay
- AmeriCorps—fulfilling client-facing requirements vs working from home”
Contact Michele Zurakowski