Migration Matters: Serving Essential Farmworkers During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Can you start by giving us a big picture look at the role of migrant farmworkers and their families in the United States?

Children of farmworkers play together in the playground at one of ECMHSP’s Head Start centers. Source: ECMHSP (Image taken prior to COVID-19. ECMHSP teachers and staff wear masks.)

How has COVID-19 impacted the East Coast Migrant Head Start Project and The Foundation for Farmworkers?

John E. Menditto (right) in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, delivering cash assistance to farmworker families involved in mushroom harvesting. Source: ECMHSP

While there will be an end to the pandemic, farmworker families will continue to face unique challenges in the United States — how do you and your teams at ECMHSP and The Foundation for Farmworkers increase the long-term resilience of the families and wider communities you work with?

“Head Start is successful because the program recognizes a universal truth: that parents are the first and best teachers of their children.”

We understand The Foundation for Farmworkers received a very large donation of money this summer to help families. Are there any particular families you have helped with this funding who stand out?

A woman holding an infant at one of ECMHSP’sHead Start centers. Source: ECMHSP
(Image taken prior to COVID-19. ECMHSP teachers and staff wear masks.)

What is the one thing you have learned through serving the farmworker community during the pandemic?

Looking ahead, what’s one thing you might suggest to help people better understand, appreciate, and embrace migrant farmworkers and their families as valuable members of our society?

“We always have been a nation of immigrants, made stronger and richer by individuals from around the world contributing their work and their resilience to enhance our society.”

A group of children playing a game at one of ECMHSP’s Head Start Centers. Source: ECMHSP
(Image taken prior to COVID-19. ECMHSP teachers and staff wear masks.)

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