MAZON COVID-19 Update with Rep. Marcia Fudge (OH-11)
On April 1, 2020, MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger held a special This Is Hunger: Calls for Action conference call to discuss growing hunger concerns in the wake of COVID-19. The call featured Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (OH-11), Chair of the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Nutrition, Oversight, and Department Operations, along with Abby J. Leibman, MAZON's President & CEO, Josh Protas, MAZON's Vice President of Public Policy, and Mia Hubbard, MAZON's Vice President of Programs.
"Too many of our policymakers believe that if you don't work, you are just lazy. And it is the furthest thing from the truth. We have to impress upon them that these are difficult times." @RepMarciaFudge #EndHunger #COVID19— MAZON (@MAZONusa) April 1, 2020
Congresswoman Fudge shared insight about how the pandemic is impacting Americans across the country who struggle with food security, which was followed by a discussion about what more is needed to strengthen programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
"On a good day, women already face many barriers to food insecurity because of wage discrimination or challenges finding childcare. We expect that women will be disproportionately impacted by #COVID19 as schools close and unemployment rises."— MAZON (@MAZONusa) April 1, 2020
Following the Congresswoman’s remarks, MAZON experts discussed the urgent policies that are still necessary to ensure that all Americans — including veterans, Native Americans, seniors, and college students — can access the nutrition assistance they need to feed themselves and their families.
Learn more about MAZON’s Priorities for Action — Responding to COVID-19 and check out our State-by-State Charitable Food Resource Guide. Please also donate what you can to MAZON’s COVID-19 Response Fund to support our cutting-edge advocacy work during this critical time.