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40 Percent of Americans Experienced Food Insecurity For First Time

Chris Gaetano
Published Date:
Nov 19, 2020
A recent poll has found that 40 percent of Americans have experienced food insecurity—the disruption of food intake or eating patterns because of lack of money and other resources—for the first time ever this year, according to CNBC.  Of this 40 percent, roughly half said they struggled to afford food, and 37 percent said they've been skipping meals so their children can eat. Most, according to the survey, did not understand that what they experienced could be called food insecurity.

In March, the country had the lowest rate of food insecurity in over 20 years. Since then, however the rate has risen sharply, going from 35 million Americans to an estimated 50 million. Exacerbating the situation has been the loss of supplemental unemployment and other benefits, and it will likely get even worse at the end of the year, when the remainder of pandemic aid programs are set to expire. While charity is meant to somewhat blunt the impact, a cursory news search shows that, all over the country, food banks are reporting major stress amid overwhelming demand.