MAZON Priorities for Action – Responding to COVID-19

MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger is closely monitoring the government response to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the subsequent economic impact. We have very real concerns that the tentative response by the Administration has already affected those who rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), school meals, and other programs to feed themselves and their families. The failure of the federal government to quickly offer additional benefits is exacerbated by the cruel barriers to SNAP actively pursued by leaders at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). At MAZON, we know that there are many populations and communities who already face barriers to food security — including veterans, military families, students, seniors, women, Native Americans, and people in rural and remote communities — and surely the current crisis will burden them in unique ways.

The COVID-19 pandemic is not only a national health emergency, but also a time of urgent concern for those who are most vulnerable in our country. Those at economic risk are facing dire consequences right now. We call on the Administration, Congress, and states to work together to increase and expand access to federal nutrition assistance for food insecure Americans in the wake of this crisis.

A democratic society must respond in a time of crisis with both wisdom and compassion. We must provide for the needs of those unable to provide for themselves. Nearly 40 million Americans struggle to put food on the table on a regular basis, and COVID-19 will exacerbate their struggles and add to the numbers of Americans at risk of food insecurity.

The overwhelming majority of food assistance in this country has historically come from — and must continue to come from — federal programs, especially in times of crisis.

Charity Alone is Not Enough

POLICY PRIORITIES FOR SPECIFIC POPULATIONS:

K-12 Students

Veterans

Military Families

Seniors

Women

Tribal Nations

College Students

Rural & Remote Communities

Americans in Puerto Rico

Our safety net was created for moments like this. So let’s come together to expand benefits and flexibility to meet the needs of low-income individuals & families.

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View the full list of COVID-19 Federal policies MAZON is following here.