Another Inequity in PR Response

According to the Wash Post today, Seven weeks after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Ricans still can’t access programs that fed millions in Texas and Florida. Funding system was designed to cut costs.

It cannot be just me who thinks cutting costs on food for victims of a major disaster is a disgraceful action. It is truly baffling that the previous two disasters, in TX and FL, were treated differently.

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5 thoughts on “Another Inequity in PR Response

  1. There was absolutely no conversation about this problem yesterday in the House Natural Resources Committee Hearing on the Challenges of Puerto Rico Hurricane Response. There seems to be no sense of urgency at all on this committee. That was disgraceful. The whole thing is a debacle that is not receiving enough attention.

    • On another note, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Hilal Elver, highlighted: “Hurricane Maria wiped out most of the island’s crops. Banana and coffee – the Island’s most valuable exports – were the hardest hit. The population is facing immediate food shortages but also long-term consequences from the destruction of the entire agricultural infrastructure.”
      It is an embarrassment if the U.S. government has to be reminded of its responsibilities by the UN.

  2. No, it would be disgraceful – but that’s not what was done. When Congress changed the Law in ’82 moving PR’s food assistance program funding to a block grant, as far as I can tell something like D-SNAP was not part of the federal program at all. It appears that it was added later and no attention was paid to the “Puerto Rican exception.” Sadly, when USDA set up D-SNAP (I think mid-2000s) no one thought about Puerto Rico’s anomalous situation. And, yes, Congress should clean up the mess it made in ’82.

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