50 to 65% of the migrant and seasonal farm worker population are food insecure. According to the National Agricultural Workers Survey (NAWS) 2015-2016, the mean and median income of farm workers ranges from $17,500 to $19,999 for personal income, and from $20,000 to $24,999 for family income. They can not afford to stay at home during the pandemic. Many of them are now working reduced hours with children at home now that schools were closed.
As of April 22, 2020, about half of the nation’s farm workers were living and working in states that were among the top 15 in the nation in the number of known cases of COVID-19.
“These workers are doing incredible work. They’re just like any of us, like any American, trying to improve their lives, do better for their kids, and they’re working hard to try to get there. They have no safety net. They have no way of getting additional income. And they are petrified because they could get infected, they could infect their families, and if they’re not able to work, they don’t know how they’ll pay the rent or provide food for their families. So they are taking a risk, and obviously they need protections, they need the information, and they need the benefits to be able to take care of themselves and their families. We’re proud of this partnership with WCK and want to continue to expand it through California, Washington, Oregon wherever we can. ”
- Armando Elenes