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ABCD: Hungry children can’t wait months for relief bill

It’s been six weeks since the termination of the $600 per week Pandemic Unemployment Insurance that kept millions of workers who lost their jobs afloat in the early months of the COVID-19 crisis. Right now it is critical for the House, Senate and White House to come together on legislation that continues that funding and meets other urgent pandemic-related needs….

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Federal assistance needed as COVID-19 continues to devastate low-income households

Since COVID-19 struck, Jamie, a 57-year-old mother from Everett, has worried constantly about keeping her family fed. Then the refrigerator died, and all their food was lost. “You don’t want to tell your child there is no food,” she said. A retired retail worker from Dorchester, Paulette, 69, juggles paying for rent, food, and other needs. She raised her granddaughter, who lives…

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OPINION: Federal assistance needed as COVID-19 continues to devastate low-income households

ABCD calls on Congress and the White House to set aside their differences and get the next coronavirus relief bill passed. Since COVID-19 struck, Jamie, a 57-year-old mother from Everett, has worried constantly about keeping her family fed. Then the refrigerator died, and all their food was lost. “You don’t want to tell your child there is no food,” she said. A…

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FOOD INSECURITY IS ON THE RISE IN MASSACHUSETTS

As the coronavirus continues to impact jobs and the economy, food insecurity is rising in Massachusetts, and food assistance programs are seeing more people look to the federal government for help feeding their families. The anti-poverty agency ABCD reports 10,000 families coming to its food pantries since mid-March, compared to 4,000 families seeking help most years. The ABCD pantries get…

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ABCD is offering free, virtual English language classes by ESOL instructors

Do you need to learn English or improve your English-speaking skills so that you can find a new job, move up in your career, help your children with school assignments and meet other challenges of life? Beginning September 21, ABCD will offer free, virtual English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses from its centers in Mattapan, Roslindale and Mission…

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Boston polling places open this week

Election department taking COVID precautions Source: Yawu Miller, Bay State Banner Last Saturday and Sunday, Boston voters with mail-in ballots could drop their envelopes in receptacles outside one of nine community centers across the city. Inside the community centers, voters checked in and voted early with the standard paper ballots. For those unwilling to make a trip to a local…

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ABCD offers FREE virtual ESOL classes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEAugust 20th, 2020 CONTACT: Susan Kooperstein617.875.3619 Lee Phenner339.368.1140 Learn English online – get help with computer skillsSign up for September classes TODAY Do you need to learn English or improve your English-speaking skills so that you can find a new job, move up in your career, help your children with school assignments and meet other challenges of life in…

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ABCD Head: Relief Impasse Hurts Needy

John Drew, President/CEO of ABCD, talks about ongoing relief efforts in the Boston area and how needs might increase because of disagreements in Congress over pandemic aid. WATCH NOW


What will Trump’s new executive order mean for unemployed workers in Mass.? Confusion reigns

Massachusetts officials declined to say Monday whether they would accept new funding from the federal government that could boost unemployment benefits by $400 a week, as states scrambled to understand the controversial maneuver President Trump announced over the weekend. Charles Pearce, a spokesman for the state’s Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, said the Baker administration is reviewing the…

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ABCD Urges Boston Residents to GET COUNTED as Census Timeline Cut to September 30

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEAugust 10th, 2020 CONTACT: Susan Kooperstein617.875.3619 Lee Phenner339.368.1140 Stresses need for all those from low-income neighborhoods, communities of color, to be represented in 2020 count ABCD President/CEO John J. Drew calls on Boston residents to make sure they send in theircensus forms and respond to Census door-knockers gathering detailed information on individuals and families. “The federal government just cut…

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