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Coronavirus and Food Access: Four Questions Every Community Needs to Answer

 at school in the U.S. For far too many children school lunches and breakfasts are their only reliable source of food for the day. As schools in some communities close, district officials must begin thinking about how to serve those students at home or outside of schools. Over the weekend, the  in Washington State and other areas affected by the coronavirus so that students could continue to utilize government-funded meals even while not in school. Local officials, parent groups and community organizations should start thinking now about how they will get meals distributed to students and how such a program would operate.
  • How will we support our emergency food system – particularly food banks and pantries – during what may be a long-term strain? Food banks and pantries provide a vital service to food insecure households, and they run on donations and volunteers. This infrastructure will be critically important in the weeks and months to come, but is also at risk of running out of supplies and struggling to recruit volunteers. Many food banks were already under strain due to changes in SNAP regulations. We must consider ways to bolster this system, whether through corporate volunteerism, donations, or philanthropic support.
  • How will we ensure equitable food distribution, especially if we move to delivery-based retail models? Many communities around the country have emergency feeding plans that require large groups to congregate in order to receive food in post-disaster settings. This, of course, makes sense in response to a natural disaster, but has obvious risks during an infectious disease outbreak. It is more likely we will turn to delivery-based models of food distribution. However, most consumers cannot use SNAP benefits at online retailers (although a ). Undocumented populations and other vulnerable groups may be hesitant to participate in at-home services. If communities need to move to a delivery-based or alternative food distribution models, we must ensure that SNAP customers and other vulnerable groups have the means to participate in these alternative supply chains.
  • 做爰免费完整过程视频There has been a lot of coverage in recent weeks about the difficult reality for low-wage workers in this country whose employers do not provide paid sick leave. This puts these workers – many of whom provide food and healthcare services to their communities – in the impossible situation of having to choose between their own health and employment. There is less coverage, however, about the equally critical questions regarding how we ensure equity in access to food as our communities and our country continue to confront the coronavirus.

    做爰免费完整过程视频There is less coverage about the equally critical questions regarding how we ensure equity in access to food as our communities and our country continue to confront the coronavirus.

    做爰免费完整过程视频Fortunately, some community groups, food bank associations, school districts and policymakers have started to take action. Some organizations are working quickly to expand access to food-related services and build more flexibility into the system to ensure that all Americans are able to feed themselves and their families, even in these uncertain times. In the coming weeks, our team at The Rockefeller Foundation will be reaching out to these groups and our own partners to see how we can best support their efforts. I hope leaders around the country will do the same.