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Running a community-based food org during the pandemic has made me painfully aware of our existence as both part of the solution and part of the problem within the food system, linked to the charitable network. What I'm guided by is our roots in mutual aid(🧵):
A lot of critics will say that being part of the charitable food network take a huge role in capitalist economy, that we avoid advocating for systemic anti-poverty solutions like raising the minimum wage and universal healthcare, that is not true in my case
.@polospantry was born out of a need to stabilize the food resources for outreach groups working with our unhoused communities, it has since expanded during covid, but we focused on mobilizing OTHER mutual aid groups so they can get their programs off the ground quickly
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Some light reading this evening. Some interesting facts:
#SNAP enrollment was associated w/ decreases in
- risk of chronic disease
- risk of cost-related meds among adults w diabetes
- hospitalizations + nursing home placements among older adults
- hypertension
- hypoglycemia
#SNAP capacity in positive outcomes limited in following populations:
- ppl w incomes above eligibility threshold
- undocumented
- In CA, beneficiaries of SSI - low-income older adults, adults with disabilities— not eligible*
*SSI recipients used cash benefits for food expenses, but this value has NOT increased over time.

Thus, many SSI recipients who were otherwise eligible for #SNAP bc of low household income were excluded in CA. (!!!)
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**new research**

Using enrollment histories for 14m #SNAP recipients in CA between 2005-2020, I show:

• Periodic paperwork burdens lower participation, but improve targeting.

• For every one ineligible household screened out, three eligible households also leave.

Most SNAP recipients in CA must verify their eligibility every 6 months. This entails filling out a multi-page form, providing proof of income, identifying household members, reporting how much you spend on certain expenses, and in some cases, completing an interview.

Recipients are six times more likely to leave the program in these reporting months than in non-reporting months.

Almost half of new SNAP recipients in CA don't remain enrolled past their first eligibility screen.

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"Our economy is at a very precarious moment," says @BrianCDeese at the @WhiteHouse lectern. "It's a moment that requires decisive action to beat this pandemic" and for the economic recovery.
Today's executive order will address the growing crisis of hunger in America by asking @USDA to increase pandemic EBT benefits by about 15%, says @BrianCDeese.
Also requesting an increase of emergency #SNAP benefits for as many as 12 million Americans, announces @BrianCDeese.
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So I fought to get my #SNAP benefit reinstated after DeJoy was responsible for hundreds of Philadelphians losing their food stamps because the mail is utterly f*d here. I wrote this ↘️ thread📌about it.
I had to go to all my editors and request that they write a letter saying how much I make a month. Because getting poor people to grovel is part of the process. So the great news is on New Year's Eve day I finally spoke to someone who just let me foward the letters via email.
As of today, my food stamps have been reinstated for January. I lost November and December benefits, but this is good news and I wanted to share it. We aren't supposed to talk about #poverty--my mother taught me to hide it. But 1 in 3 Philadelphians is poor. I am one of them.
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I want to see USPS's DeJoy brought before a House committee and jointly reamed by Katie Porter, AOC and Ayanna Pressley. I am one of hundreds of Philadelphians whose #SNAP renewals didn't get through the Philly mail system on time and got kicked off.
This is food, folks. We all have to re-do our applications (which was hard enough the 1st time because the govt doesn't want poor people to access help). I have already lost Nov and Dec benefits. 28% of Philadelphians live below the poverty level--we are the poorest big city.
I mailed my renewal in mid-October. It arrived last week. The post office is literally a mile from the county assistance office. And all the offices have been closed since the pandemic, so it's not like you can drop stuff off at the office.
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First cut out the fat!!

"Not all of the recipients live and work on hardscrabble farms. Some are managing operations that are quite lucrative, according to the report.…
"At least 245 of them appear to live far from where the cotton, corn, wheat and other subsidy-eligible commodities are grown; "
#SNAP #FarmSubsidies
they are in urban locations such as Santa Monica and the Napa Valley’s St. Helena. While most of the recipients are in the Midwest and Texas, there are 87 Californians who have been collecting farm bill checks since the mid-1980s."

#SNAP #FarmSubsidies
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This is the #DemPartyPlatform for 2020. This part is called: RESTORING AND STRENGTHENING OUR DEMOCRACY: Guaranteeing Self-Determination for Puerto Rico
Only one party understands that the unequal treatment of Puerto Rico’s residents must end. 1/10 #PuertoRico Image
The people of Puerto Rico deserve self-determination on the issue of status. 2/10 #DemPartyPlatform #PuertoRico Image
#Democrats are committed to helping the island rebuild and recover from the devastation wrought by Hurricanes Irma and Maria and the recent earthquakes. 3/10 #DemPartyPlatform #PuertoRico Image
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These middle of the night incursions on the psyche are so definitive of both COVID & Trump. I read in the dark. As a child I did this, flashlight under the covers. I really ache to return to some level of intellectual & psychological normalcy in a new administration.
The past 5yrs have been devoted to fighting Trump and everything he's wrought on my intersecting communities: queer, disabled, poor, my mixed race family, my Black neighborhood. It has been overwhelming, leaving no space to breathe and take in new intellectual challenges.
Two unfinished books sit waiting completion. But I can't get off this current hamster wheel to think those intellectual and historical thoughts because I am in this moment, this here-and-now, fighting for my life and the lives of others in a pandemic of #COVID & #poverty.
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1/ Why are #Medicaid work requirements still a thing?

One take - original survey data from KY suggests the majority of individuals (incl Medicaid recip) support the concept.

However, the majority were also *against* terminating benefits as a result of not meeting work reqs. Image
2/ This paper, which was supported by the @DonaghueFnd + Rx Foundation is under review, but you can find our @AcademyHealth research meeting abstract here at @HSR_HRET:…
3/ Increasingly partisan views on the purpose of, and policymaking around, Medicaid is another reason these policies are still at the fore. @janemzhu's piece on this is fantastic:…
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This is the #DemPartyPlatform for 2020. This section is called: Ending Poverty Only one party has a specific plan for ending the scourge of poverty for poor and #WorkingAmericans..the other has a loyalty oath to a corrupt billionaire 1/9
In the wealthiest country on earth, it is a moral abomination that any child could ever go to bed hungry. 2/9 #DemPartyPlatform #EndPoverty #HungerInAmerica
#Democrats will increase funding for food assistance programs, including #SNAP, #WIC, and school meals. We will also remove barriers that keep the formerly incarcerated from accessing food assistance.3/9 #DemPartyPlatform
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#UBI is the strategic solution to protect the ruling classes from Molotov cocktails & global civil unrest. Disclosures on coming "disbanding of existing safety-net programs" are not included in the foundation funded marketing campaigns. ImageImageImageImage
"Cutting a wide array of existing programs — such as the earned income tax credit (#EITC), #child tax credit (#CTC), temporary #assistance to needy families (#TANF), supplemental #nutrition assistance program (#SNAP), & #disability insurance — would cover only 1/5 of the cost..." Image
#UBI will "result in a massive loss of existing transfers to people w/ #disabilities & #families w/ children. This approach would exacerbate the needs of the most vulnerable members of society."

"CivilSociety" "leaders" are 21st century commodities created/utilized by the rich. ImageImageImage
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The USDA is stopping key flexibility in #SNAP that the WH & Congress gave states back in March to help them manage the applications influx due to #COVID19 — saying states must return to “normal,” even though current circumstances are anything but normal.…
Policymakers gave USDA the tools to respond to the extraordinary circumstances that state #SNAP agencies & millions of low-income households face. #SNAPMatters #BoostSNAPNow…
Now, USDA needs to continue giving states the flexibility to respond to the unprecedented increase in need until #COVID19 is under control & agency operations have returned to something like normal. Now is not the time.
#SNAPMatters #BoostSNAPNow…
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From what I’ve seen from the Republican proposal released last night, one thing is clear – if enacted, it would be an economic catastrophe for America and a disaster for middle-class families and essential workers.
Republicans want to offer struggling workers who have lost their job—through no fault of their own—2/3 less additional UI than @SenateDems. The economic crisis will continue until we get the public health crisis under control. In the meantime, people need real help.
It would be a huge mistake to slash assistance by the amount proposed by Republicans. Working families across this country who currently have no job to return to need these benefits to help them afford their rent, pay for health care during a pandemic and put food on the table.
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A2a: The economic fallout from #COVID19 is severe & causing substantial hardship. Alarming numbers of families, particularly families of color & lower-income families, are having difficulty affording food, paying rent, & buying other necessities. #SolvingCOVIDCrisis Image
A2b: We know there are proven policies that can help people both in the short- & long-term: extending #unemployment benefits, increasing #SNAP benefits, & providing federal aid to states & localities. #SolvingCOVIDcrisis…
A2b: McConnell has called for significantly limiting the next #COVIDrelief package in size & scope instead of providing families & states the relief they need. Reopenings have failed as a strategy to bolster finances, & it can’t justify a federal retreat.

#SolvingCOVIDCrisis Image
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The #COVID19 crisis is only exacerbating food insecurity at home and around the world, which is why we need to be strengthening programs like #SNAP, not undermining it. Taking food off the table won’t help anyone fight this virus. #HandsOffSNAP…
As outlined by @CenterOnBudget, SNAP is one of the most effective mechanisms both to reach low-income households & to provide counter-cyclical help in recessions. That's why @SenateDems are fighting to boost SNAP benefits & increase the maximum allotment.…
One way we can battle food insecurity, today, is by passing my Increasing Access to SNAP Delivery During COVID-19 Act. More must be done to ensure high-risk individuals are able to maintain reliable access to food while also maintaining social distancing guidelines.
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@pienmashfilms @ShirleyOaksSA @RichieAllenShow @briangukc OF @ukcolumn @ianpuddick @JU5TLAW @mwilliamsthomas WHO ALL FEEL WHAT THE @GOVUK HAVE PUT MY FAMILY THROUGH OVER THE PAST 5 AND HALF YRS THAT @BorisJohnson FAILED MY FAMILY BEFORE #BorisHasFailedTheNation
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Many have already received their #StimulusChecks but about 12 million Americans risk missing out because they, unlike millions of people who are receiving them automatically, must file a form by Oct. 15 to receive it.… Image
These 12 million Americans include very low-income families with children, people who have been disconnected from work opportunities for a long period, & many low-income adults not raising children in their home.

9 million - roughly 75% - participate in #SNAP or #Medicaid. Image
This group of people eligible for payments are disproportionately people of color because they are likelier to have lower incomes due to historical racism & ongoing bias & discrimination.…
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UPDATE: online grocery purchasing for PA #SNAP recipients is now active at approved retailers. Pennsylvanians across the Commonwealth all deserve equal and safe access to food, especially amidst the #COVID19 pandemic, and this is a step in the right direction.
SNAP recipients will begin with access to a few grocers online, and I encourage more retailers to join this initiative and create a more inclusive food market for all Pennsylvanians. No one should have to go hungry to keep themselves and their family safe.…
In May, I wrote to @USDA to ask about what steps they are taking to ensure SNAP participants can receive home food delivery and curbside pickup during #COVID19, and introduced legislation to expand delivery support.…
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The #HeroesAct, the #coronavirus bill we are voting on today, contains several important priorities I fought for. While the bill could go further, I’m pleased with much of what we secured. 1/12
The bill boosts funds for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (#SNAP) by 15%. In my district, I’ve seen lines at local food banks. Families need this assistance. 2/12
It provides a second round of more substantial economic stimulus payments consisting of $1,200 per family member, and up to $6,000 per household to ease the financial burden that many are experiencing due to #COVID19. 3/12
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Today I want to talk about how #AmericaEats through @USDA Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program...SNAP. A part of our food system so significant that 1 out of 7 Americans is eligible. A program that feeds our country, supports local economies, & can do so much more 🍎🌾🥕🥦1/
Let’s start w/ what SNAP isn’ NOT a handout. It is economic infusion into the hands of community businesses & small farms. Every $1 invested creates $1.70 in economic activity! It’s also our first line of defense against hunger and is proven to lower the poverty rate. 2/
With rising unemployment, already we‘re seeing an increase in need and eligibility. @SpeakerPelosi @senatemajldr @POTUS @SecretarySonny with pragmatic bipartisan action, we can turn this from a problem into an opportunity 3/…
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People of America! I want to talk about two photos that tell the story of food in our country in this moment...two different, painful realities that we are experiencing, and the opportunity we must seize to make sure food is not the problem but the solution 1/
The first is from Idaho. Huge mountains of potatoes without any buyers because so many of the forms in which we eat them - stadiums, cafeterias, restaurants - are shut down for safety an low demand, and so too are the processing plants. 2/
Next, thousands of cars in line for a food San Antonio, but could be anywhere in the country right now. With millions out of work and many visiting food banks for the first time, the system is totally overwhelmed and people are going hungry. 3/
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Welcome to the Pennsylvania member of Congress Tracking Report for the week ending March 22, 2020. We are doing things a bit differently this week. All of our content centers on the #COVID19 #coronavirus pandemic.
#MoCTrack 1/28…
First up, we have a recap of HR 6201, the #FamiliesFirst bill that was passed on Wednesday by the Senate and signed into law.
#MoCTrack 2/28…
If you have a chance, check out the #MoCTrack recap of the #FamiliesFirst action in the Senate. There were three attempts to amend the bill (1 good, 2 awful), and it is worth seeing ow our lawmakers voted on those efforts.
#MoCTrack 3/28
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The latest #COVID19 response bill, which Senate Republicans released today, falls well short of what’s needed in multiple areas.
Here is a quick list of glaring gaps that must be addressed as negotiations continue:
#1 The latest proposal omits any measures to expand health coverage or cover #COVID19 treatment for those who are uninsured. We must avoid having millions of uninsured people who can’t afford treatment.
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