Food Assistance Programs - COVID-19 UPDATE

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Food Assistance Programs - COVID-19 UPDATE


Give with Your Whole Heart
We often forget that it’s not those who normally utilize local, state and federal programs for food assistance who need it now. Those in need are far-reaching - more than we ever could or would have imagined.

Think of the friends who may earn six-figures and enjoy life so much, they save nothing - but, boy, they live in the lap of luxury day-in and day-out. Until…


Job losses have hit more Americans than any of us can believe - this virus has not discriminated. We’re all susceptible to the impacts of the disease, whether we’re inflicted physically or economically. If you know someone with whom you can share this information, please do - there’s no stigma attached to need. Let’s do everything we can to help our fellow Americans during these incredibly trying times for all.





Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), more commonly known as food stamps, ensures that Americans receive the food they need, especially if they are newly unemployed. Congress has invested in SNAP in the last three bills to help Americans put food on the table during this crisis.

*To apply for SNAP, contact your state SNAP office or the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food & Nutrition Services regional offices near you. 



  • Local Food Banks NC/SCThe Committee on House Agriculture is broken down by regions - NC & SC are both located in the southeast region. The regional offices, including ours (SERO) can be found here. 
  • Fact Sheet and FAQs on SNAP programs. 
  • The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women Infants and Children (WIC) provides access to nutritious foods to low-income pregnant women or mothers. To see if you are eligible for WIC benefits by using WIC’s pre-screening tool, click here. 
  • To learn more about finding your state’s agency & how to apply for WIC, click here.  
  • For more information about federal food assistance programs, visit the US Department of Agriculture’s Coronavirus Nutrition Response. 



  • The federal government has now secured $850 million in emergency funding for The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). This funding is in place to help food banks face increased utilization, as well as meeting the unprecedented demand in countless communities across the country due to the coronavirus. The USDA Food & Nutrition Service provides a list of state contacts; click here for yours. You can also visit to find a local food bank near you. 
  • To find food assistance near you, call the USDA National Hunger Hotline 1-866-3-HUNGRY/1- 877-8-HAMBRE 


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John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Debe Maxwell, CRS this is very helpful post for families lost employment due to Covid-19.

Apr 04, 2020 10:23 AM #1
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Debe as people are shut in longer and longer, the need for these services will become more and more in need.

Apr 04, 2020 10:53 AM #2
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

It is amazing how many people in affluent areas need help right now. People always presume everyone is OK. Good information to share.

Apr 04, 2020 11:06 AM #3
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good afternoon Debe. This virus has turned the world upside down. Even wealthy, or comfortable folks get scared and become needy. Nice post my friend. Stay well. 

Apr 04, 2020 12:32 PM #4
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I am proud to be human when I see such humanity on display across our country...

Happy Saturday Debe

Apr 04, 2020 07:18 PM #5
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I’ve been contributing to where I can lately and I encourage everyone to do the same. :)

Apr 04, 2020 11:41 PM #6
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Debe.

I know the largest employer in the U.S., other than the government has told everyone ,except for those essential employees, to stay at home.  Traffic is almost non-existent

Apr 05, 2020 01:49 AM #7
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Debe Maxwell, CRS - I became acutely aware of what affluent women were going through when the company I worked for let 14,000 employees go, including myself. I really, really needed work but the Employment Agency I went to explained she only hired affluent women because they were prone to more anxiety and depression. Unfortunately, she couldn't help me because I did not qualify. And before I left, she showed me around (just in case I knew women who fit her job descriptions). She walked me to the back room where she had a dressing room filled with elegant suits, shoes, and jewelry to help those women in need and she gave them what they needed for FREE.  Nope, in Dallas, I did not get hired in Corporate America again. 

Apr 05, 2020 06:03 AM #8
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

The organization that I volunteer with is still handing out food boxes but we are doing it drive through style so that social distancing is still adhered to.

Apr 05, 2020 07:36 AM #9
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Debe Maxwell, CRS,

One thing about being in our great land, we will all come together during times of disaster and uncertain times like we are experiencing. There is nothing better than helping someone else. 

Apr 05, 2020 07:58 AM #10
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Debe Maxwell, CRS - thank goodness for Food Banks, Meals on Wheels, and Food Assistance. We are a nation of generous hearts. Thank God for volunteers who give so much back to their communities and think of everyone in need. May no mouth be missed, especially when it comes to children, the elderly, and pets that need adoption. 

Apr 05, 2020 11:32 AM #11
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Great public service post Debe, the good news is the Federal Government from the top down has really stepped up to help everyone. Since this is so unprecedented. Stay well and healthy. Endre

Apr 05, 2020 10:16 PM #12
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Debe,  I see more people that need help and it will get worst before better I am afraid.  We have help some family that are out of work and has kids, so gave them some of our food in the pantry.


Apr 06, 2020 11:16 AM #13
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Debe, Your post will help those who have never faced this type of emergency before. Eating is not a luxury but a necessity. You have inspired me to do a local one as well!

Apr 06, 2020 05:47 PM #14
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

These are all over the country, so I urge of you to help out wherever you can’ :)

Apr 07, 2020 11:47 PM #15
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Wanda is right. Eating is not a luxury on Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. Thank you for posting this. :)

Apr 07, 2020 11:48 PM #16
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

great minds.... I just posted about the same thing before I came over to visit your AR blog and saw this.  

Apr 08, 2020 09:12 PM #17
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