Pandemic EBT

By cbsutton | July 17, 2020

What is Pandemic EBT? Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) is part of the U.S. Government response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Through P-EBT, eligible school children receive temporary emergency nutrition benefits loaded on EBT cards that are used to purchase food. Children who would have received free or reduced-price meals under the National School Lunch Act…

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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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COVID-19 Policy Updates, Guidance, and Resources

By cbsutton | March 27, 2020

Get local updates on COVID-19 related policy changes and guidance related to food assistance programs in the District here. Information is updated frequently and is subject to change. For information on current meal and grocery resources, please refer to our COVID-19 Food Resources page. For federal updates, please refer to the Food Research & Action Center’s COVID-19 update page.…

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2020’s Hear the Crunch was Out of this World!

By cbsutton | February 25, 2020

March 10, 2020 By: Victoria Fusco From March 2 through 6 DCHS celebrated National School Breakfast Week (NSBW)! Thanks to the Healthy Schools Act, which was passed unanimously by the D.C. Council in 2010, school breakfast is free for all students in D.C. Public Schools and public charter schools. The District of Columbia ranks fourth…

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2020 D.C. EITC Campaign

By cbsutton | January 24, 2020

January 24, 2020 Every year, about 50,000 low-income D.C. residents claim the federal and D.C. Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC) that collectively disburse over $115 million to families and individuals in the District. That’s something to celebrate. But roughly 20,000 low-wage workers in the District are missing out on this benefit, which could add thousands…

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Honoring Our Veterans Means Making Sure They Don’t Go Hungry

By cbsutton | November 9, 2019

November 8, 2019 By Paige Pokorney Veteran’s Day is a time to respect, honor, and uplift the millions of men and women who have served our country. However, life after service can be a struggle for many veterans, with some not knowing where their next meal will come from. A recent study published in the…

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Moving the Needle on Maternal and Infant Health in the District Must Involve Investing in the Federal Nutrition Programs

By cbsutton | October 8, 2019

October 8, 2019 By Paige Pokorney In September, the District convened its second annual Maternal & Infant Health Summit, where local residents, elected officials, health and education officials, and community partners gathered to discuss the state of maternal and infant health and early childhood development in D.C. Among discussions of innovations and emerging issues in…

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