Christine Melendez Ashley is Deputy Director of Government Relations at Bread for the World, a collective Christian voice urging our nation’s decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad. Christine joined Bread in 2009 and provides organizational leadership developing and implementing policy and legislative strategy on domestic hunger, nutrition assistance, and child nutrition issues. She previously worked on Capitol Hill for Rep. J. Randy Forbes. She received a B.A. in political science from Wheaton College (IL).
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February 25, 2019
Starting next month, 1.4 million Puerto Ricans on the island will struggle to put food on the table if Congress fails to approve an additional $600 million for the Nutrition Assistance Program (NAP). Disaster NAP has served as a critical lifeline for Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Puerto Rico’s poverty rate is three times higher than the national average , but not everyone in need of food assistance is able to receive it. Unlike SNAP in the 50 states, Puerto Rico’s NAP program is a block grant that receives limited funding from Congress every year and cannot be adjusted...