Hunger Is The Norm For Millions Of U.S. Families, Children. How Can We Build A More Food-Secure Future In The Wake Of COVID-19?
As the pandemic persists, millions in the U.S. are out of work and struggling to put food on the table. Demand continues to overwhelm food banks and pantries across the country.
Food insecurity — defined as a lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life — is not a new problem for many Americans.
In 2019, 35.2 million households were food insecure, but that number is projected to jump to 50.4 million by the end of 2020 — higher than the peak of the 2007 Great Recession.
What are the root causes of hunger? Who is most affected? Where do they live?
What laws, programs and policies are currently in place to address food insecurity? Why are families still falling through the cracks?
Hunger has increased, poverty has risen, and the pandemic is not over yet. What actions could be taken now to affect real change?
What can be done to move the needle toward a consistently food-secure future for everyone in the U.S.?
What are the biggest challenges when it comes to reforming systems that allow for the perpetuation of hunger in America?
- Jeremy Everett, executive director of the Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty
- Alison Meares Cohen, director of programs for the national nonprofit WhyHunger
- Craig Gundersen, distinguished professor of Agricultural & Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois
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*This interview was recorded on Wednesday, December 23.