Feeding America: child food insecurity could hit all-time high because of COVID-19
The coronavirus pandemic could bring the total number of food-insecure children to 18 million, according to a new report by Feeding America.
The highest total reported by the USDA in the last 25 years was 17 million in 2009.
Feeding America CEO Claire Babineaux-Fontenot says whether the food insecurity rate rises to one in four children or remains at one in seven, as it currently stands, that is too many children facing hunger. She says the report should mobilize elected officials and the public to provide all the resources families need to get through the crisis.
The Impact of the Coronavirus on Child Food Insecurity looks at projected annual changes to poverty and unemployment. An increase in the unemployment rate of more than 7 percent and a five percent increase in the child poverty rate would result in a 9 percent increase in child food insecurity.