(RepublicanPress.org) – The COVID-19 pandemic, combined with the resulting economic collapse, taught the country a lot about weaknesses within America’s food supply chain. Many children of working-class Americans benefit from school meal programs. When the pandemic shut down numerous school systems from coast to coast, the country was faced with the harsh reality of just how much those programs meant for efforts to reduce overall food insecurity in the country.
Stunning numbers recently released by NPR regarding the issue put the problem into perspective. According to the report, nearly one in four households experienced food insecurity in 2020.
Before the pandemic, about 10.5% of households faced a shortage of adequate food supplies. Post-pandemic, that number rose to about 23%. In turn, these shortages led to a 98% increase in demand for local food banks.
As Devon Klatel, managing director of the Rockefeller Foundation’s food initiative, noted in the video above, if there’s one thing the nation learned about food insecurity in 2020, it’s just how much the country depends on the success of school meal programs. Of course, that sentiment echoes concerns by President Donald Trump regarding the necessity for opening schools as soon as possible.
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