This year, a large number of Americans are experiencing malnutrition as the devastating economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic appears likely to find tens of millions of citizens unable to afford adequate food to sustain their families. In other words, people go hungry.
According to the latest statistics, demand for assistance at food banks and pantries has increased nationally after the outbreak caused the economy to slow down , resulting in more than 40 m in additional unemployment compensation claims.
Possibility that people go hungry
As a consequence, this year an additional one in four babies, the equivalent of 18 million juveniles, would require food assistance – an rise of 63 per cent relative to 2018.
Overall, according to an analysis by Feeding America, the national food bank network. Around 54 million people go hungry across the US could without help from food banks, food stamps and other aid.
Well before the Covid-19 pandemic, when at least 37 million Americans resided in households without sufficient services to maintain reliable access to enough food for an productive, safe existence, America’s food shortage problem became severe.
About Food Poverty
Food poverty differs widely from state to state, and county to county. And it had plummeted to pre-Great Recession rates just recently. The economic recession is going to undo hard-fought for progress, and deepen structural disparities.
This is the deep south where the economic effects and food shortages are expected to hit deepest. More than 11 million residents are predicted to experience food poverty. In the states of Louisiana, Kentucky, Georgia, Mississippi, New Mexico, Texas and Tennessee by 2020.
The estimates predict an annual national unemployment rate of 11.5 percent-7.6 percentage points above 2018. And an annual national poverty rate of 16.6 percent-4.8 points above 2018.
In Mississippi, almost three-quarters of a million residents will need food assistance this year. Including one in three babies. In comparison to the worst affected state before and after the pandemic.