As there are continued closings and increased social distancing in the United States, the level of food insecurity is escalating across the country. While the current changes are affecting everyone in some way, there are more than 37 million Americans, almost 11 million of who are children, experiencing food insecurity. In addition to uncertainty surrounding their next meal, many food-insecure people are at a higher risk for severe illness associated with COVID-19.
The demographic of people who do not consistently have meals available to them are the same people who face a higher risk for contracting the virus; this includes an estimated 10.3 million people who are over 50 years old and are experiencing food insecurity. Because of this, the body’s immune system does not have the necessary nutrients to fight off ailments such as COVID-19, leading to an increase in deaths among the group.
Everybody has noticed the effects that this virus has caused, whether it be through the presence of masks, businesses closing, or isolated quarantine. What you may not think about, though, is the number of people in different working situations who currently live without a stream of income – this leads to uncertainty surrounding the next meal for them and their families. Specifically, people working in the service industry make up a large percentage of workers and unfortunately are experiencing the highest food insecurity rate at nearly 18%.
Feeding America has been working to raise both awareness and money to help those in need during this especially difficult time. The organization’s 200 food banks throughout the country are working hard to help those in need. Feeding America was able to help serve more than 40 million people last year and is looking to grow its cause as the number of hungry Americans continue to increase during this trying time.
So... how can you help?
Create a GiveGoal for Feeding America and share it with your family and friends, or add Feeding America to your favorites to automate your impact. This will allow you to scale your impact and make giving a consistent action rather than a one-time moment.
Use your voice to share information about those in need! Help spread awareness to your family and friends or use social media to let people know what’s going on. This is a great way to scale your impact!
VOLUNTEER AND DONATE
Don’t forget that about two-thirds of food pantries across the U.S. are still accepting volunteers! Donate your time or drop off non-perishable items you might find sitting around the house.