Senior Stories and What We Can Learn This Older Americans Month

By Nomi Small | May 27, 2021

May is Older Americans Month, making this a great time to recognize and honor all that older adults do for their communities. Older adults play an especially critical role in D.C.: more than 160,000 residents (greater than 20 percent of the population) over the age of 55 live in the District. D.C. has been recognized…

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DCHS Releases Still Minding the Grocery Gap in D.C. 10th Anniversary Grocery Store report

By cbsutton | April 23, 2021

According to Still Minding the Grocery Gap in D.C. 10th Anniversary Grocery Store report, the district’s grocery gap has widened since then despite rapid economic development, with wards with the lowest incomes losing two stores between 2010-2020.

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Spring into School Meals

By cbsutton | September 30, 2020

Spring into School Meals! DCHS has created a Spring into School Meals Toolkit to share important information about the availability of free meals for D.C. kids 18 and under. To find a meal site near you, visit https://coronavirus.dc.gov/food, and pass along the information to your networks.   All children 18 and under can pick up breakfast and lunch at a DCPS meal site for…

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Not Enough to Eat

By cbsutton | September 24, 2020

In 21 states and the District of Columbia, more than 1 in 10 adults overall report not having enough to eat, according to a report by the Food Research & Action Center. The complete report, Not Enough to Eat: COVID-19 Deepens America’s Hunger Crisis, can be found here.

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3 Reasons Why You Should Call Your Senator in July

By cbsutton | July 20, 2020

The summer of 2020 will be one to remember. In the midst of a global pandemic, the United States is reckoning with systemic racism, rising unemployment rates due to mandatory closures, and higher rates of food insecurity. To ensure a just recovery from the events of 2020, local and federal policymakers must use the next…

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Pandemic EBT

By cbsutton | July 17, 2020

Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) is a new program which provides benefits to purchase foods to families who have lost access to free school meals due to COVID-19 related school closures. Benefits are retroactive to when schools initially closed. P-EBT is a federal program and is administered locally by the D.C. Department of Human Services…

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Racism in the Food System

By cbsutton | June 12, 2020

By Bridget Kelley As America mourns the loss of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and the countless other Black Americans who have become victims of police violence, the nation is coming into a new understanding of the role of systemic racism in our country. This moment calls upon us to seek a better understanding…

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Older Americans in D.C. Continue to go Hungry During COVID-19

By cbsutton | May 11, 2020

By Melissa Jensen In November 2017, the World Health Organization and AARP recognized Washington D.C. as one of the few worldwide “Top Age-Friendly Cities”, which WHO defines as “one that is inclusive, accessible and encourages active and healthy living for all residents.” This was awarded after a five-year plan was implemented to improve living for…

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DCHS Celebrates a Successful 2020 EITC Campaign!

By cbsutton | April 21, 2020

From February to April each year, D.C. Hunger Solutions partners with D.C. Community Tax Aid to help income-eligible residents take advantage of their Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and enroll in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) while filing their taxes. However, due to COVID-19 and social distancing guidelines, D.C. Hunger Solutions had to cut…

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Health Disparities Compound COVID-19 Crisis in D.C.

By cbsutton | April 9, 2020

April 9, 2020By: Victoria Fusco April is National Minority Health Month! To properly acknowledge this month, it is essential to discuss and recognize the health disparities that minorities face across the nation and right here in Washington D.C. According to the Centers for Disease Control, health disparities are “differences in health outcomes and their causes…

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