Working Families Facing Hunger Need Relief, Not More Red Tape

The COVID-19 pandemic has put our country through unprecedented pain. While the federal government has finally begun to respond, with a new stimulus package in sight, we are still facing untold suffering, loss of life and economic distress—including truly shocking levels of hunger in our communities.

At a time when more families than ever are struggling to put food on the table, the federal government’s help has been too little and too late.

Coronavirus, Women and Hunger—An Overlooked Intersection

Many of us are stunned by the coronavirus outbreak, unsure exactly what to do or how to proceed. Should we stockpile food? Work remotely from the couch? Cancel weekend plans?

But what if you don’t have enough money to feed your family in the first place? What if you can’t afford not to show up for work? What if you work in the service industry, where you can’t just work remotely? What if your community is still struggling to recover from the last financial crisis, and you have been out of work for months or years? What if your children’s school closes and they don’t have access to their usual free or reduced-price meals?