- the state of being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food.
Due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, more than 50 million people may experience food insecurity in 2020, including a potential 17 million children.
The problem is hardly unique to the U.S. The global pandemic has the chance to double the number of people experiencing acute food insecurity, from 135 million in 2019 to 265 million in 2020.
“A study from Northwestern University's Institute for Policy Studies found that the pandemic roughly doubled food insecurity in the United States. The food assistance nonprofit Feeding America estimates that with household finances decimated by the coronavirus, around 40 percent of people visiting food banks are first-time recipients of food assistance.”
— NBC News
More than 37 million people in the United States struggle with hunger
according to the USDA’s 2019 Household Food Insecurity in the United States report
1 in 6 American children may not know where their next meal is coming from
Currently, more than 11 million children live in food-insecure households
Nearly 5.5 million senior citizens currently face hunger in our country
After a lifetime of hard work, many older adults find themselves facing an impossible choice — to pay for groceries or medical care. And as the baby-boom generation ages, the number of seniors facing hunger is only expected to increase.
Overall, households with children have a substantially higher rate of food insecurity than those without.
Children at risk of hunger are more likely to be in poor health and struggle in school.
The prevalence of food insecurity is higher for households located in nonmetropolitan areas.
Every community in the country is home to families who struggle with food insecurity rural and suburban communities.
Many households that experience food insecurity need to rely on their local food banks and other hunger relief organizations for support.
They do not qualify for federal nutrition programs.
*SOURCES: USDA FACTS & FEEDING AMERICA