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ARPA 101: How the American Rescue Plan Act can build a more equitable Alabama

The COVID-19 pandemic has stretched families, hospitals, schools, businesses and food banks across Alabama to their limits. Like tens of millions of other Americans, local and state officials have had to adapt to new challenges and respond to existing health and economic challenges exacerbated by the pandemic over the last two years. Congress reacted to [...]
Issues
Health, Housing, Public Transportation, Safety Net
Date
June 28, 2022
Author
Rebecca Howard
Blog

P-EBT in 2022: What Alabama parents need to know

No family should have to wonder how they will afford their next meal. But increased food costs during the COVID-19 pandemic have contributed to a second, quieter epidemic: hunger. Fortunately, a food assistance program called Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) has helped hundreds of thousands of Alabamians and tens of millions of Americans keep food [...]
Issues
Safety Net, Coronavirus
Date
June 17, 2022
Author
Carol Gundlach, Celida Soto Garcia
Blog

Summer food service programs need to be preserved

The COVID-19 pandemic added to the hunger challenges already facing many Alabamians. In response came a wave of federal flexibilities and waivers for the nation’s programs that feed children. As a result, many Alabama students have received nutritious, often free meals with fewer administrative barriers. However, many of these child nutrition waivers could be coming [...]
Issues
Coronavirus, Health, Safety Net
Date
May 10, 2022
Author
Carol Gundlach, Celida Soto Garcia
Letters & Testimony

Alabama Arise, partners urge no disruption to summer food program in Alabama

The Summer Food Service Program has been a critical tool to fight child hunger during the COVID-19 pandemic. But many key program flexibilities will expire June 30 unless Alabama applies for a waiver. Alabama Arise and our partners in the Hunger-Free Alabama coalition wrote a letter Thursday to state school Superintendent Eric Mackey to urge [...]
Issues
Budgets, Safety Net, Coronavirus
Date
May 5, 2022
Author
Alabama Arise
Blog

Community eligibility helps keep children fed in Alabama

Arise's Celida Soto Garcia explains how the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) helps more than 450 high-poverty schools across Alabama offer breakfast and lunch to students at no charge. Now is the time to contact school superintendents and urge them to opt into CEP if their districts are eligible to participate. A full transcript can be [...]
Issues
Health, Safety Net
Date
May 5, 2022
Author
Celida Soto Garcia
Blog

Join us for Town Hall Tuesdays!

Listening is key to shaping and advancing public policies that matter most to those marginalized by bad policies. Alabama Arise depends on what we hear to help guide our work toward our vision of a better Alabama for all. Our online Town Hall Tuesdays will return once again this year. These events are a chance [...]
Issues
Criminal Justice, Health, Safety Net, Voting Rights
Date
May 2, 2022
Author
Presdelane Harris
Blog

Highs and lows: Alabama Arise’s look back at the 2022 regular session

The Alabama Legislature’s 2022 regular session adjourned sine die late on Thursday, April 7. Lawmakers capped off the session’s last week with intense debates and late nights, with the final gavel dropping just before midnight. Alabama Arise is grateful for the many positive outcomes that came out of the State House this year. We also [...]
Issues
Budgets, Criminal Justice, Health, Safety Net, Tax Reform, Voting Rights
Date
April 12, 2022
Author
Rebecca Howard
Blog

Arise legislative update: April 12, 2022

Arise's Robyn Hyden breaks down successes and missed opportunities from the Alabama Legislature's 2022 regular session, which ended Thursday night. She highlights breakthroughs on federal ARPA funds, postpartum Medicaid extension and criminal justice reform, among other issues.
Issues
Criminal Justice, Health, Safety Net, Tax Reform, Budgets
Date
April 12, 2022
Author
Alabama Arise
Blog

Arise legislative recap: March 7, 2022

Arise's Celida Soto Garcia discusses the problems with SB 156, a bill that would deny SNAP food assistance to Alabamians who fail to “cooperate” or “comply” with child support orders or collection services. The bill could come up for a Senate vote this week. Celida also discusses Arise's upcoming Untax Groceries Rally, scheduled for March [...]
Issues
Safety Net, Tax Reform
Date
March 7, 2022
Author
Alabama Arise
Blog

Six ways Alabama should use ARPA funds to build a better, more inclusive future

The Alabama Legislature’s 2022 regular session, which began Tuesday, will be unusual in one important way. For the first time in many years, Alabama has more than enough revenue to maintain its bare-bones public services. That means instead of scrambling to avoid cuts, the legislative focus can be on strengthening investments in our state’s future. [...]
Issues
Budgets, Health, Housing, Public Transportation, Safety Net, Economic Opportunity, Coronavirus, Medicaid Expansion
Date
January 14, 2022
Author
Carol Gundlach