ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) – Tens of thousands of Alaskans have been faced with food insecurity since the pandemic began according to the Food Bank of Alaska. The leaders there have seen the number of people asking for help recently stabilized, and they attribute it to an additional $ 600 per week for unemployed people who can be exhausted by the end of the month.
The Director of Public Engagement for the Alaska Food Bank, Cara Durr, said food insecurity is measured by third parties every six months. In January, he said around 95,000 people across the state experienced food insecurity. Since then, figures show that the rate has jumped 44%, adding around 42,000 to that count.
“Recently, it’s a little flat,” said Durr. “Obviously it is still increasing, but at the moment we are only worried about what happens at the end of the month if unemployment increases that the federal government has provided endless.”
Durr said the food bank had received many federal resources, assistance from donors, and assistance from local donations and food encouragement to meet demand. He said if resources and benefits are used up, compassion can only feed people so far.
“We all struggle,” he said. “And when this continues, we may have benefited from generosity and this cannot continue forever.”
However, they have gotten a lot of food during the pandemic. Durr said that they had “quite a maximum” at their current storage facility and were looking to secure additional storage.
That being said, food goes fast and moves in most states quickly. When the Channel 2 reporter talked with Durr on Monday, there was enough shelf space in the entire warehouse today.
While they were waiting to find out the fate of the additional benefits, Durr said the food bank and their partners had worked with the Alaska congressional delegation to get more support from Washington.
In addition to advocating for extended benefits, he said they have worked with them to get more encouragement for SNAP and EBT programs, as well as funding and capacity resources for food banks across the board.
Many parts are moving to make sure people eat in the short term, but Durr says they have thought about how long they could potentially try to meet increasing needs.
“We know this will be an ongoing situation. We know that even when the pandemic ends, there may be a very long economic recovery related to this. So we know that the needs will be long-term and that’s where we try to put our minds, “he said.
The Alaska Food Bank has 150 partners throughout the state according to Durr. He said people who need help can find a center near them here or by calling 211.
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SAN ANTOBIO – Because several federal aid programs aimed at helping people affected by the economic slowdown end this week, there are concerns at the San Antonio Food Bank that the need for assistance can grow.
Eric Cooper, president and CEO of San Antonio Food Bank, said the number of people assisted every week by the Food Bank doubled from 60,000 to 120,000 at the start of the economic closure in March.
With programs such as the Paycheck Protection Program, unemployment insurance and an expulsion moratorium ending this week, Cooper is worried that demand for help will increase.
“We were really worried this week,” Cooper said. “And without some of that public intervention, I’m worried that we might be able to move from (120,000) to a higher level of demand, which can make us overwhelmed.”
Cooper said several programs helped, such as the Farmer-for-Family Food Box, which provides fresh produce, milk and protein for families. After several problems during the first phase, he said the second phase had improved, and the US Department of Agriculture announced the purchase of the third phase for the program on Monday. However, the program could soon run out of money.
“This is an expensive program to be run by the USDA,” Cooper said. “They think it will pass the end of the year, but it seems that the last bit of money will be given for September. So there’s not much left, but of course it is a big boost for our inventory to have access to some of it. “
Cooper said programs such as the Additional Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) had helped reduce demand at the food bank, but the demand was still there.
On Monday, the San Antonio Food Bank met with several large financial backers to discuss current inventory and demand. Cooper said they discussed what would happen in the worst case scenario if requests for help increased.
“We really need to cry for help. We are talking about the ‘cliff of benefits’ that potentially many families fall at the end of the week and the need for all of us to raise our voices to encourage Congress to take some form of intervention,” Cooper said. “Now, without that intervention, if the needs are soaring, you will hear requests. I mean, we will rise to the opportunity. We will meet the needs. How well our position in our inventory will be questioned. “
Another area where the food bank needs help is with volunteers. Cooper said the surge in COVID-19 cases, the heat of Texas and the fatigue felt by volunteers who had given their time since March had placed high demand.
“It’s a pretty hot summer, so this distribution site, we did it earlier in the day when we could and just tried to move quickly to get food distributed and volunteers get out of there. There are some extraordinary heroic volunteers who have truly become super heroes of this crisis and allowed us to get food for families throughout the summer and connect with the Farm-to-Family Food Box program, “Cooper said. “Without volunteers on duty at the front, the lunch box will not be distributed. This is the support of the work that everyone is donating, and the USDA has become the biggest contributor. It is a privilege to ensure that no one is starving in all of South Texas. “
“It is uncertain how our future will be,” Cooper continued. “I can’t tell you. I don’t know. But I know that we will work as diligently as we can to ensure that we have an inventory to feed our community.”
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A line of cars drove to 10th Street from Twin City Drive on Friday morning as people waited for food distributed by volunteers and staff at the Community Action Partnership of West Nebraska (CAPWN) for the second week of the Farmers to Families food box program.
Sarah Ochoa, director of public health services for CAPWN, said food was provided by a federal program to ensure farmers did not need to dump food due to COVID-19 disruption to the market. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has the authority to buy milk, meat and produce up to $ 3 billion and distribute food throughout the country.
Ochoa said that volunteers and CAPWN staff will continue to distribute food in the Farmers to Families program for the next four days, and return to distribution once a month after that.
“Obviously, there is a need in the community,” he said. “We don’t see the same people every week, which is a good thing, people come when they need them.”
According to their website, the USDA spent $ 1.2 billion on 35.4 million lunch boxes from mid-May to the end of June, and the ongoing second round estimated the department to spend $ 1.47 billion on food, until the end of August. Ochoa said CAPWN worked with a food distributor in North Platte, Cash-Wa Distributing Co. Inc.
Ochoa said people started queuing at 7am waiting for food distribution starting at 8am. At 9:30 in the morning, all food was distributed. What remains, according to the Star-Herald count, is the drivers in 40 vehicles that have been waiting in line to leave empty-handed.
Ochoa said CAPWN will work with distributors to order additional food for distribution next week.
“We hate kicking people out, but the good thing is that we do it every week,” he said. “If someone really needs food today, I want them to call our food pantry and make an appointment at 308-635-3089. We don’t want anyone to leave without food. “
Ochoa said the volunteers and staff distributed 275 boxes with fresh food such as fruits, vegetables, milk and meat along with half a gallon of milk. Last week, they served 424 people.
Volunteers included members of the basketball and wrestling team from Gering High School. Basketball Head Coach Kyle Cotton said the team liked to do voluntary projects for the summer, and they heard about the opportunities from parents.
“With everything that’s happened, we haven’t been able to get out very much this summer, but it’s good to give back,” he said.
Many who waited in line did not want to be identified, citing the stigma of receiving food aid, but some expressed frustration with the process.
“I wish there was a sign, you know, so we don’t have to wait for no reason,” one woman said.
Alicia Molina, who waited half an hour before being turned down at the end of the call, said getting food help helped her family.
“Without childcare, children are at home all the time, and they eat more at home, so this helps us feed everyone,” he said.
Farmers can start registering for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program on Tuesday, according to Rep. Adrian Smith, R-Neb.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has hit all farms hard,” Smith said. “Our producers work overtime to feed our nation, and they deserve more than our thanks.”
He said he supported the ratification of the CARES Law, which contained assistance needed for farmers and ranchers by replenishing the Commodity Credit Corporation and providing additional assistance through the USDA.
Since then, Smith has written to the USDA to ensure these programs meet the needs of livestock and pig producers.
He said the CFAP program, largely funded through the CARES Act, would be implemented by the Agricultural Services Agency to provide the assistance needed for “the people who feed our nation.”
“Through this program, producers can receive compensation for falling commodity prices and special crop losses that occur during a pandemic,” Smith said.
Starting Tuesday, he said, farmers and ranchers might start applying for CFAP assistance through the local FSA office. According to the Trump administration, farmers should expect to receive assistance within one week after registering. CFAP application materials and commodity specific details can be found at www.farmers.gov/cfap.
Smith said that in rural countries like Nebraska, agriculture is a way of life.
“So far, American agriculture has enjoyed unprecedented success, producing food more effectively and efficiently than at any other time in history,” he said.
Smith said access to quality food had become “so common that it is often underestimated.”
“However, at times like this we are reminded of the importance of food production for the welfare of our country,” he said.
As deputy chairman of the Rural Caucus Congress, Smith said, he would continue to work to “ensure our producers receive proper attention from Washington during this difficult time.”
The USDA announced the Coronavirus Food Aid program on April 17. CFAP will use the funds and authority provided in the Coronavirus Assistance Act, Economic Assistance and Security, the First Family Coronavirus Response Act, and other existing USDA authorities. The $ 19 billion direct assistance program includes direct support to agricultural producers and the Farmer Food Box Program for Families.
According to the USDA, CFAP will provide important financial assistance for producers of agricultural commodities that have experienced a price decline of 5% or more, or who have suffered losses due to market supply chain disruptions due to COVID-19 and face significant additional market costs. Eligible commodities include non-special crops grown in Nebraska, such as corn, millet, wheat, soybeans, sorghum, sunflower, and hard red wheat. This also includes cows, pigs, sheep (only lambs and calves) and milk.
The USDA said farmers and ranchers who were eligible would receive one CFAP payment, drawn from two possible funding sources. The first source of funding is $ 9.5 billion in appropriate funding provided in the CARES Act and provides compensation to farmers for price reductions that occurred between mid-January 2020, and mid-April 2020 and for special crops for delivered and damaged products or products not yet paid. The second source of funding uses the Commodity Credit Company Charter Act to compensate producers for losses of $ 6.5 billion due to ongoing market disruption.
While the USDA Agricultural Services Agency will accept applications from agricultural producers who have suffered losses on Tuesday, FSA offices are opened only by telephone agreement. OJK will work with agricultural producers by telephone and use email and online tools to process applications.
There is food.
With the impact of a pandemic that greatly swelled the ranks of people who could not feed consistently for themselves and their families, Redwood Empire Food Bank brought a lot of food to be distributed free of charge.
One of the many drive-thru food sharing events took place Friday afternoon in the parking lot of a church on Piner Road.
Drivers wearing masks take turns heading to the distribution site behind Calvary Chapel The Rock. Well-protected food bank workers carry their luggage or backseat into a tasteful choice of high-quality food.
Most of the food comes from the federal government’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program.
Through that, the Ministry of Agriculture is trying to help farmers and ranchers who are struggling because of closing or reducing a large number of restaurants and hotels, and at the same time helping people in a financial crisis and unable to keep food on the table.
Redwood Empire Food Bank uses money donated by supporters to transport and distribute large quantities of food purchased by the USDA from producers.
People queuing on Friday receive cartons of fresh vegetables, large roast pork and a box of food that is not perishable. The Santa Rosa-based Redwood Empire Food Bank also distributed meat and dairy products provided by the federal aid program.
BOSTON – Economic casualties from coronavirus in Massachusetts have caused a surge in demand for food stamps and other public assistance programs.
Hundreds of thousands of people have been kicked out of work because of the closure of the government which is intended to slow the spread of the virus, and it makes many families struggle to put food on the table.
Applications in Massachusetts for food assistance through the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program surged to 53,622 applicants in March and 61,103 in April. That compared with 18,688 applicants in February, according to the country.
In April, at least 508,234 Massachusetts households received food stamps, according to the Transitional Assistance Department.
The country has also seen a surge in demand for the main cash assistance program, Transition Assistance for Families with Dependent Children.
In April, 79,270 people received the benefits compared to 57,862 in April 2019, according to the country.
Advocacy groups say demand for food aid has surged amid economic turmoil created by coronavirus.
“That request is extraordinary,” said Naomi Meyer, a senior lawyer at Greater Boston Legal Services, who advises low-income families. “We have seen an increase in demand not only from families who have received help, but many new people. There are many people who are struggling.”
Those who get SNAP benefits must be included in certain income guidelines. If eligible, a family of four can earn up to $ 646 per month, even though the average family only gets around $ 208 a month.
Massachusetts has become one of the hardest hit countries in the global pandemic, with 87,925 COVID-19 infections and 5,938 deaths on Tuesday.
Nearly one million workers crossing industrial plots – more than a quarter of the country’s workforce – are unemployed.
Country leaders have responded to requests for food assistance by making it easier for people to access benefits and pump more money into food programs.
Earlier this week, the Baker administration announced $ 65 million to help over-paying food banks and provide food directly to families in need.
“While COVID-19 has a statewide impact, some of our communities and residents who have historically experienced food insecurity are even more disproportionately affected,” Governor Charlie Baker told reporters at a briefing on Sunday, where he announced additional funding.
The state has also prepared more than 500 distribution sites to provide lunch boxes for students who qualify for free or subsidized food.
The federal government has also taken steps to make it easier to get food stamps by easing verification requirements for new applicants. Likewise, the US Department of Agriculture, which manages the program, has increased SNAP benefits by 40% until the end of May as part of the pandemic response.
But advocates say the pressure on food aid programs is likely to increase in the coming months, and more funding will be needed.
Christian M. Wade covers the Massachusetts Statehouse newspaper and website for the North of Boston Media Group. Send him an email at [email protected].
Loved ones Nick Cordero patiently waited for him to wake up from the medically induced coma where he had been placed against the corona virus.
The Broadway star’s wife, fitness personality Amanda Kloots, offered another health update via Instagram Stories on Thursday, describing the “waiting game” that she now faces just days after Cordero’s amputated leg.
Following a successful amputation, Cordero undergo an MRI in the brain and spine to assess other possible obstacles to recovery. “The doctors said that there was nothing on the MRI that would indicate that he would not wake up, that was extraordinary news. We are very happy about that because it was a big concern for all of us,” Kloots said.
“However,” he explained, “he hasn’t woken up and hasn’t been given a sedative for 12 days. The doctors think he should be awake now.”
But because Cordero was “heavily drugged” for the previous 13 days, Kloots said he “wished and prayed every day that Nick woke up.”
“By putting energy and positivity out there, because I’m sure he will do it. He was in Nick’s time and when he woke up, we would all be there to celebrate,” he said.
For now, Kloots said his team of doctors plans to continue to reduce the drug in hopes of removing it from the ventilator so they can then insert a breathing tube to “help him become more comfortable.”
“While we were waiting for him to wake up, while he was still sleeping, they slowly weaned his relief body, which was big news. Little small wins,” Kloots added.
Because Kloots, who gave birth to the couple’s first child less than a year ago, could not be by Cordero’s side through his care. So he spent time outside the Los Angeles hospital where he is currently recovering.
“One day I went to @cedarssinai and stood outside the hospital,” he said recently Instagram. “I talk to Nick, I pray, I play the song and I sing for him! This is the closest to me every day.”
Cordero, whose stage credits included “Servants” and “Rock of Ages,” were first hospitalized in late March after being diagnosed with pneumonia. He was tested negative for the corona virus twice before the doctor took a third test, which was positive.
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The UAE has decided to extend the visa for Pakistani citizens, guaranteeing assistance in every possible way
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) said on Thursday that it had decided to extend visas for Pakistani citizens and would help them in every possible way.
In a video conference link between UAE ministers on human resources and Pakistani Foreign Assistance PM Zulfi Bukhari, it was decided that the country would provide legal protection to those who were willing to stay in the UAE.
In major developments, the two ministers discussed that Pakistani citizens who had recently been laid off from their jobs would be given full salaries, however, virtual jobs would be given to Pakistani employees on priority.
To facilitate Pakistani expatriates, the UAE company will also provide airline tickets to Pakistani employees so they can safely return to their home countries.
Bukhari thanked the UAE for facilitating Pakistani citizens in these difficult times of the pandemic.
It is important to mention that Pakistan is a large supplier of labor to the UAE, with more than one million Pakistanis living and working in the country, according to Pakistani diplomats.
General Manager, Central Asia Pakistani International Airlines, Shahid Mughal, when speaking with Geo News said: “The airline will operate 11 flights to repatriate stranded Pakistanis in the UAE.”
Three flights will fly to Islamabad, two will each go to Karachi, Faisalabad, Multan and Lahore, he said.
Tickets will be available at the Consulate’s desk starting tomorrow [Friday] furthermore, he said, adding that it would operate from 9 am – 5 pm.
Since March, Dubai has been locked because the UAE has stepped up measures to stop the spread of the corona virus.
In March, Prime Minister’s Special Assistant to the National Security Division Moeed W. Yusuf assured the country that the government had been in contact with the authorities of countries where Pakistani passengers were trapped in transit.
More than 35,000 Pakistanis have registered with diplomatic missions in the UAE looking for ways to return to their homeland, but the Pakistani government has not launched its limited flight operations for repatriation.
Adelup received clarification and approval for Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation, which provides $ 600 a month for those whose jobs are affected by the COVID-19 step.
In his daily video update, Governor Lou Leon Guerrero explained that they had worked closely with the U.S. Labor Department to ensure Guam and other regions are included in the program.
The FPUC is one of the unemployment programs formed by the $ 2 trillion emergency package, Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, signed by President Trump on March 27.
Guam delegate Michael San Nicolas, however, said CARES’s actions included Guam. San Nicolas, last week, sent a statement, saying Guam and territory were included in the CARES Act, which defines “countries” to include: District of Columbia, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States Micronesia, Republic of the Marshall Islands, and Republic of Palau.
“This definition applies to references in the CARES Act which cover federal pandemic unemployment insurance,” the San Nicolas press release also noted that the definition was deliberately created to ensure Guam was included in the federal aid program.
According to Adelup, recently on April 9, based on a conference call with states and territories held by USDOL, Guam’s eligibility for the FPUC was still determined. The governor wrote a letter to Congressman Bobby Scott, chairman of the House Committee for Education and Labor.
The governor said they received news Saturday morning that Guam and the regions were eligible. DOL Guam is currently preparing documents and instructions that will allow people to apply for the FPUC.
This means Guyana’s people who lost their jobs or lost their working hours can qualify for unemployment assistance which will provide assistance in two programs:
• FPUC: $ 600 every week for 13 weeks – valid from March to July
• Pandemic Unemployment Assistance: About $ 360 a week for 39 weeks – available until December 31. The latest weekly amount has not been confirmed by US DOL, according to David Dell ‘Isola, director of Guam DOL.
“This is one of the biggest hurdles,” Dell ‘Isola said of the FPUC agreement. “We need to submit a budget, but we don’t know how much to ask if we don’t know how much to ask for.”
Governor Leon Guerrero said this benefit would help many local workers who had been laid off or lost hours at work because businesses were forced to close or reduce operations.
He said residents who were eligible for FPUC and PUA would be able to get as much as $ 960 a week for 13 weeks. After 13 weeks, the FPUC will expire but PUA will continue, around $ 360 a week, for 39 weeks.