MAP in the U.S. a Year in Review – 2020

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MAP in the U.S. a Year in Review – 2020

By Jasmine Samsami
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The United States is one of the best economically sustained countries in the entire world. Yet, even before the pandemic, more Americans struggled with food insecurity than ever before. As the ongoing presence of the pandemic continues to grow, food insecurity is only one aspect Americans are currently experiencing. Whether it’s food insecurity or limited access to education and hygiene products, those living in poverty are truly suffering in America. As a result, over 50 million people experience food insecurity, millions are left without work, and 1 in 5 children experience hunger daily.

For this reason, within a year, we increased our efforts by providing food, hygiene essentials, educational resources, and much-needed provisions to over 100,000 children and adults across the country. To ensure our impact, MAP’s connections grew by working with 40+ partner centers, such as the Castro Valley School District, San Francisco Unified School District, City College San Francisco, Homeless Prenatal Center in SF, Misssey, El Shaddai Ministries, and more, supporting our desired initiative.

While our work in the United States primarily focused on the vast food insecurity millions of people were and are subjected to, the nation-wide pandemic has broadened our relief efforts to provide hygiene and educational resources for those that are in dire need. Ultimately, our contributions throughout the United States have been measured by doubling our yearly allocated costs to meet our best source of impact.

Thus, through the course of this year, we have provided:

  • 20,000 meals to underprivileged children in our nation’s capital, with the help of the D.C. Central Kitchen. An additional 400 meals were supplied by Mariam’s Kitchen in Washington D.C. and 10,000 meals through the San Francisco Unified School District.
  • Thousands of grocery boxes totaling over 180,000 lbs. of food and 40,000 hygiene products such as shampoo, soap, sanitizers, masks were designated to families in California, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Washington D.C.
  • Hundreds of laptops, tablets, headsets, educational resources, and gift cards were appointed to over 1,000 children living in transitional housing.
  • 1,500 blankets, turkeys, gift cards, and some toys for the holidays were donated to hundreds of children in the United States.

Essentially, we are able to empower and improve the lives of impoverished children throughout the United States with our three programs: Nutrition Outreach Program, Hygiene Program, and Holiday Helping Hand Program. Although our work has impacted a significant amount of people, it’s not nearly enough due to the conditions of today’s society and economy. There is much more work that needs to be done, now more than ever. Hence, we need your support to continue helping our nation that has been faced with astronomical challenges, not only because of the pandemic but the ongoing increase of food insecurities as well. Please find it in your hearts to donate today!

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