Lawsuit alleges issues with the District’s food assistance program

– Four individuals and two local nonprofit organizations have filed a lawsuit alleging that issues with the District’s food assistance program has left participants unable to buy groceries for their families. In some instances, participants had their benefits cut off or lowered with no warning or explanation. (WaPo, 8/28)

The trouble began last year, advocates for the poor say, when the city transitioned to a new computer system despite warnings of potential problems from the federal government, which pays for the program.

…The transition to the new computer system in October 2016 and associated problems coincided with a citywide surge in demand for food from Bread for the City. The number of households receiving emergency food packages increased by nearly 40 percent through May 2017 compared with the same period one year earlier, according to the organization.

– This Nonprofit is Reducing Food Waste With a Smartphone App (Street Sense, 8/24)

PHILANTHROPY | United Philanthropy Forum has created a resource list of grantmakers who are responding to the needs of residents hit by Hurricane Harvey. (United Philanthropy Forum, 8/28)

HEALTH | A Congress member who represents Alabama has submitted a bill to block funding for the District’s Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act, which makes it illegal for employers to discriminate against workers based on their reproductive health choices. (DCist, 8/28)

MILITARY SERVICE | Two lawsuits have been filed to challenge the new ban on transgender military service. (WAMU, 8/28)

NONPROFITS/ VIRGINIA | The Center for Nonprofit Advancement is supporting the Northern Virginia Idea Exchange to promote two candidate forums (one for each candidate for Governor of Virginia). The forums will be devoted to a discussion with each candidate regarding their views/positions on the roles of nonprofits vis a vie state government in the Commonwealth’s infrastructure. The first one with Dr. Ralph Northam is on September 1. Learn more and register here

WORKFORCE |Opinion: Small Charities Should Lead by Example in Paid Parental Leave (Chronicle, 8/28 – Subscription needed)

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