Public Benefits

In 2019, we worked with many of you to address barriers to public benefits which worsened hunger and poor health in our state. Together, we secured major successes, including (1) lifting a lifetime ban on SNAP and TANF eligibility that affected as many as 90,000 Mississippians with drug-related felony convictions; (2) convening over 250 community members and partners at regional meetings where we explored policy and programmatic opportunities to build healthier and more food secure futures for all Mississippians; and (3) fighting back against five federal attacks targeting vital food and health resources for low-wealth families and communities of color.

In 2020, MCJ’s Public Benefits Campaign will continue to provide legal and policy advocacy that catalyzes, creates, and sustains healthy and equitable communities. We will focus our efforts in the following areas:

  1. Developing and implementing federal and state administrative advocacy strategies to safeguard and strengthen access to public benefits;
  2. Providing legal and policy analysis and guidance to support our advocacy partners;
  3. Monitoring and lobbying state and federal lawmakers on issues relating to public benefits and root causes of poor health and hunger; and
  4. Working with Together for Hope and other partners to convene a statewide meeting of food security advocates that will inform our advocacy.


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