This year, the role of food banks in our communities is especially important as COVID-19 continues to threaten the lives and livelihoods of people throughout the world.
According to research from Feeding America, before the pandemic began, food insecurity in the U.S. was at the lowest point seen since before the Great Recession, and yet more than 37 million people, including more than 11 million children, were food insecure.
The current crisis is likely to reverse the improvements that have occurred over the past decade as millions of people are newly at risk of experiencing food insecurity, alongside those who were already struggling with hunger before the COVID-19 crisis began. Nationally, more than 54 million people, including 18 million children, may be at risk of experiencing food insecurity because of COVID-19.
Originally published by Hawaii Foodbank: Source