September 4: How to Fight Hunger as it Grows in America

The economic crash caused by the COVID-19 shutdown and resulting unemployment has made it difficult for many Americans to feed their family.

While the number of COVID-19 cases and growth in different sates dominates thenews (45,601 case and 1,078 deaths in the U.S. in the past 24 hours), the economic suffering continues to receive little attention.  Perhaps the most immediate result of the sudden economic collapse created by the shutdown of multiple businesses is families with lost income suffering from hunger. 

It takes a while to evict renters and even longer to foreclose on a mortgage.  If you don’t pay the electric or water bill, you can usually figure on 60 days or more before you get disconnect threats.  But when you have no money to spend at the grocery store, the immediate result is a lack of food, leading to smaller or skipped meals, empty stomachs, and hungry children. 

More than 50 million Americans are expect to face some food insecurity this year.  That means they won’t know where their next meal is coming from.  The number has climbed 45 percent, thanks largely to the coronavirus.  Since the pandemic started, about 1 in 10 families are experiencing hunger in an average week.

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