Food & Hunger Relief
Due to job and school closures, limited transportation, and other hardships, the COVID-19 outbreak has been accompanied by significant increases in hunger across the US and around the world. Here, we outline the specific problems related to hunger in the US, policies and organizations in place to help mitigate this, and highlight what is still lacking.
Due to layoffs, an unprecedented number of Americans are seeking food relief. Demand for food banks tripled in the past month.
1 in 8 Americans live at risk of hunger. This number is increasing, and malnutrition weakens immune systems, leaving populations at higher risk for contracting COVID-19.
School closures have resulted in many children losing free meals from their public schools.
Food shortages and price increases at grocery stores make it harder for low-income families to obtain food.
CURRENT GAPS in POLICY
Many policies have yet to be fully implemented. For instance, the CARES act has still not been able to be fully deployed, and some families won't receive their $1,500 until September.
These policies don't fully address the present increased demands on food banks and lower stocks and increased pressures placed on grocery stores.
Many groups of workers including undocumented immigrants and those who have smaller jobs or less "typical" jobs are not yet being compensated.