Day 2 of action to end hunger

Published: 9/20/2020 2:33:25 PM

Editor’s Note: Franklin County Hunger Action Week is a week-long event from Sept. 20 to 26, organized by Community Action’s Franklin County Hunger Task Force to encourage everyone to take action to overcome hunger in the community. This week includes opportunities to learn, take action and get involved. The following is a list of actions to take today.

Monday, Sept. 21: Let’s make sure everyone who needs food can get it

In Franklin County, 14 percent of the population (9,650 people) is considered food-insecure, an increase of 53 percent (3,330 people) since the beginning of the pandemic. One in five Franklin County children (2,480) are considered food-insecure, representing a 71 percent increase.

Many people in the community struggle to get enough healthy food and don’t realize that there are many sources of support available. Lack of public transportation in Franklin County impacts people who have no other means of travel to get to grocery stores, food pantries and meal sites. It also limits people’s ability to get to jobs. Owning and maintaining a vehicle is expensive, and reduces the amount of money to spend on food.

Event

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. — “SNAP and Cash Assistance 101.” A basic overview of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Healthy Incentives Program (HIP) and cash benefits offered by the state Department of Transitional Assistance. The presentation, led by Valdir Cabral of Central West Justice Center, will provide an overview of the programs’ requirements and the legal rights afforded to applicants. Join the Zoom meeting at zoom.us/j/96254409779, meeting ID: 962 5440 9779. Dial in by phone: 929-205-6099, meeting ID: 962 5440 9779 Join by SIP: 96254409779@zoomcrc.com. Join by H.323: 162.255.36.11, meeting ID: 962 5440 9779. The workshop will be recorded and available on the Franklin County Hunger Task Force’s Facebook page later in the week.

Actions

■Provide food delivery or transportation to food resources to someone in need.

■Support the Franklin Regional Transportation Authority’s efforts to expand its services to include evenings, weekends and more on-demand ride services. Contact your state representative and state senator to tell them you support increased public transportation in Franklin County and the North Quabbin region.

■Get involved with Transportation for Massachusetts (t4ma.org), which is working to address transportation issues. Sign up to receive its newsletter and/or volunteer.

■Reach out to local food programs (bit.ly/SupportFCFoodPrograms) and ask how you can help.

■Learn how other rural areas have improved access to public transportation by reading “Putting Transit to Work in Main Street America” at bit.ly/32JQ6Ku.




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