Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, rates of childhood food insecurity have skyrocketed.
Currently, an estimated 14 million American children are food insecure. Families with children have suffered disproportionately compared to adult-only households, and Black, Indigenous and Hispanic households with children have fared significantly worse than white households. While some important steps have been taken to address rising rates of child hunger, such as extending Pandemic-EBT through September 2021, more needs to be done. We continue to advocate for a desperately needed 15% increase in SNAP benefits to be passed in the next COVID-19 Relief Bill.
Child hunger was a problem even before the pandemic. Together, we can fix it.
Hunger Free America's Child Nutrition Policy & Programs Department works tirelessly to ensure that no child in America knows what it's like to go hungry. But right now, childhood hunger is high. In August 2020, a report by Eduction Trust New York found that half of New York City parents had skipped or reduced their family's meals in the past month because they did not have enough money for food, and 62 percent of parents were worried about feeding their children in the fall. One in six households with children nationwide reported that it was sometimes or often the case that their children were not eating enough during June. During this pandemic and beyond, we can and must work together to ensure that children have access to the anti-hunger safety net programs that decrease child hunger.
These programs include:
Learn more about the current hunger crisis and what Hunger Free America recommends to solve it here.