Poverty Policy News Brief
Volume 3, Issue 8
November 11, 2013
With the recent reductions in food stamp benefits impacting consumers throughout the country, just weeks before one of the major national holidays with an emphasis on food, providers should start to look for resources within agencies and the community to not only help individuals make ends meet, but to also ease the burden and stress that is often a presence around the holidays. Sharing information on why these reductions took place and what clients can do to remedy the situation is also important. Identifying foodbanks in the community and connecting consumers to these resources that they might not already be aware of is one way to address this issue. A great example is working with local groups such as Long Island Food Not Bombs, a grass roots group that provides thousands of tons of vegan and vegetarian food to individuals annually. Just in time for thanksgiving, LIFNB will be holding several food share events fromNovember 23-December 1 across the island. Click here for more information, oremail them to connect directly.
Another way is to work within your agency and/or community to start a food drivefor the hungry. Take the time to sit with your clients and help them assess their eligibility. Make sure parents of school-aged children are aware of free and reduced-meal options available at their childrens schools. As always, providers should be well versed in advocating for community needs with elected officials. Work with the communities you serve to have more voices heard where decisions are being made.
Millions Left Hungrier Just Weeks Before Thanksgiving was originally posted by the McSilver Institute of Poverty Policy and Research with permission granted by all parties.
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