USDA Program Funding Cuts Impacting Greater Prince William

CS-USDA Boxes USDA Food Boxes prepared by Capital Seaboard
In the midst of this holiday season, the federal funding that was keeping so many food pantries afloat has quickly dried up. As food insecurity in the region continues to rise, local food assistance organizations are left with more questions than answers as to how to keep up with the growing needs. Prince William Food Rescue has been coordinating with the USDA’s Farmers to Families Food Box program as part of the Community Feeding Taskforce response to COVID since July.   During Round 3 of the program, Prince William Food Rescue (PWFR) redistributed over 10,000 USDA food boxes per week in order to support 78 food distribution sites throughout the Greater Prince William Region. That is the equivalent of 1.3 million pounds of food and nearly 1.1 million meals per month. Additionally, the Community Feeding Taskforce (CFT) was redistributing another 3,000 non-perishable food boxes in partnership with the Capital Area Food Bank.  ...
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‘Just because COVID hit, we didn’t quit’

Phil Edney, HPC Manager
Work has ramped up at the Hunger Prevention Center in Dumfries since the Coronavirus outbreak began.  Watch this video produced by What's Up Prince William to learn more.El trabajo se ha intensificado en el Centro de Prevención del Hambre en Dumfries desde que comenzó el brote de Coronavirus. 
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ACTS Commitment To Our Community During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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While some of ACTS services will be reduced, the demand for others will likely increase - in particular, our Senior Link and Hunger Prevention Programs (especially home delivery to shut in seniors). This will be occurring at the very same time many of our most consistent older volunteers will choose to stay home.  Thus, we are asking staff to consider redeploying to one of these areas: Senior Link: These are simple five to ten minute calls to home-bound seniors to check in to see how they are doing, offer services, or simply to provide personal contact. The demand for these is likely to increase (as we will be advertising the service), and we do not expect to be able to meet the demand with current staff and volunteer levels.It requires very little training to make these types of calls - the are NOT crisis calls.These calls can be made from either...
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