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Legislative Session Update

The major take-away for me from the 2019 Legislative Session is the importance of working in coalition with others for evidence-based public policies.
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I am happy to report that there has been some positive news about alleviating hunger in the state. On days where we all feel like nothing good is happening, these small steps forward can help keep us on our journey for justice. The first bit of good news was reported in this year’s  School Breakfast Scorecard, released Wednesday...
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If you read the Empowering You! newsletter that we released on 01/31, you had a chance to meet the dynamic four interns who are working with us this semester. As a supervisor of some of these interns, I’ve found one of the most frequent questions that I am asked regarding the General Assembly is “Can they do...
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795,000 PEOPLE REMAIN IN POVERTY, WITH 1.9 MILLION NEAR POOR Many working families struggle to make ends meet, while threats to SNAP, housing and Medicaid could increase hardship While poverty declined in Missouri from 14 percent in 2016 to 13.4 percent last year, large numbers of low-income households paid so much for rent that they...
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On Today’s Call: [featured][featured_person name=”Sarah Hackman” image=”/uploads/2018/11/SarahHackman-WEB.jpg” description=”Sarah, Strategic Communications Manager, coordinated secondary research efforts for the 2018 Missouri Poverty Report and will present that report to call participants.Click this during call: http://www.communityaction.org/poverty-reports/” organization-logo=”/uploads/2018/11/MissouriCAN_TransparentLogo.png” ][featured_person name=”Ana Hicks” image=”/uploads/2018/11/AnaHicks.jpg” description=”Ana Hicks, State Strategies Manager Food Assistance Division, supports state non-profit organizations in our efforts to strengthen and improve...
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On November 6, 2017 Empower Missouri and the Coalition for Human Need released a report entitled Poverty and Progress: The State of Being Poor in Missouri and New Threats Ahead. The whole report can be found here Poverty and Progress Report. As the report states: We Can – and Must – Continue to Make Progress for the...
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A new report from our national partner- The Food Research and Action Center (www.frac.org) Shows School Meals Improve Food Security, Dietary Intake, and Weight Outcomes, says Food Research & Action Center WASHINGTON, Aug. 23, 2016—Mounting evidence shows that healthy school meals play a key role in supporting the well-being of children, including alleviating food insecurity,...
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