The U.S. territory of Puerto Rico has been plagued by a long history of deep poverty, food insecurity, and economic crisis, and the island has grappled with more than a decade of uninterrupted economic decline. Even before COVID-19 increased hunger and hardship on the island, Puerto Rico was reeling from the destruction left by a series of earthquakes in January 2020 as well as Hurricanes Irma and María in 2017. Though a huge portion of the island’s population lives in poverty, a federal block grant prevents these U.S. citizens from receiving the same nutrition benefits as those living in states on the mainland.
of those in Puerto Rico live in poverty.
in nutrition benefits are available to those in Puerto Rico, compared with those who receive SNAP.
Puerto Rico was cut from the SNAP program and transitioned to the Nutrition Assistance Program (NAP), which is extremely limited in scope, structure, and funding.
1.5 million people
in Puerto Rico were facing hunger before Hurricanes Irma and María struck the island.
of adults in Puerto Rico reported using nutrition benefits to help them buy food during COVID-19.
With Pandemic Fueling Increased Food Insecurity, MAZON Announces New Investments to End Hunger in Puerto Rico
MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger invests $200,000 to bolster anti-hunger infrastructure with grassroots partners in Puerto Rico. Read more.
MAZON: “Needless Delays For Critical $900 Million Puerto Rico Disaster Aid Extended Human Suffering”
MAZON applauds the passage of much-needed aid for Puerto Rico, but it is long overdue. Read more.
MAZON Celebrates Passage of President Biden’s COVID-19 Relief Package
MAZON's President and CEO, Abby J. Leibman, celebrates the boost for nutrition funding and anti-poverty measures, also calling on leaders to continue this momentum to develop durable solutions to food insecurity. Read more.