Today is World Food Day and STARZ24 would like to share some information on the effects of COVID-19 and food insecurity. Every single day millions of children and families face hunger and the pandemic exacerbated this challenge due to a lack of access to sufficient food because of limited financial resources.
Here are some facts about food insecurity in America according to Feeding America:
- Due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, more than 42 million people may experience food insecurity, including a potential 13 million children.
- The pandemic has most impacted families that were already facing hunger or one paycheck away from facing hunger.
- According to the USDA’s latest Household Food Insecurity in the United States report, more than 38 million people in the United States experienced hunger in 2020.
- Households with children are more likely to experience food insecurity. Before the coronavirus pandemic, more than 12 million children live in food-insecure households.
- Every community in the country is home to families who face hunger, including rural and suburban communities.
- Many households that experience food insecurity do not qualify for federal nutrition programs and visit their local food banks and other food programs for extra support.
- Hunger in African American, Latino, and Native American communities is higher because of systemic racial injustice. To achieve a hunger-free America, we must address the root causes of hunger and structural and systemic inequities.
If you’d like to help, STARZ24 has compiled the following list of reputable organizations:
WORLD FOOD PROGRAM
THE HUNGER PROJECT
Food Insecurity and Poverty in the US – Feeding America, referenced on September 21st, 2021, https://www.feedingamerica.org/sites/default/files/2021-03/National%20Projections%20Brief_3.9.2021_0.pdf