How We Can Solve Puerto Rico's Food Security Crisis

How We Can Solve Puerto Rico's Food Security Crisis

This past Friday, March 1, Hispanic Federation joined our friends at @MomsRising for their weekly #FoodFri Twitter chat. The popular chat series focuses on various issues related to ensuring food security for our country’s most vulnerable residents. Hispanic Federation was proud to join MomsRising as well as the Community for Human Need, The Center on Budget Policy and Priories, and Food Policy Action to talk about the food security crisis in Puerto Rico that has been exacerbated by 2017’s Hurricane Maria, from which the island is still reeling. Hispanic Federation’s UNIDOS Fund is still actively engaged in the recovery and rebuilding process almost 18 months after the storm ravaged the island.

In addition to the issues Puerto Rico currently faces in the rebuilding process, the island is also in danger of losing critical funding for the Nutrition Assistance Program (NAP), a block-grant program meant to provide food assistance to families that need it. It is similar to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which serves the mainland, but it maintains some key differences to SNAP that make the funding in question especially critical. Without Congressional action, NAP will run out of money by the end of March.

We joined MomsRising to highlight the NAP program and to talk about its role in getting people this vital assistance. We also joined to sound the call to the U.S. Senate that it must pass $600 million in funding for this critical and vital safety net.  

See highlights from the chat below. And, be sure to call your own senators at 888-724-8779 and tell them not to let the people of Puerto Rico go hungry, pass $600 million for NAP!













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