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“COVID has just wreaked havoc on so many things: on public health, on economic stability and obviously on food insecurity,” said Luis Guardia

Nearly 1 in 4 households have experienced food insecurity this year. Food insecurity has doubled as a result of the economic crisis brought on by the outbreak, hitting as many as 23% of households earlier this year. Millions more children are experiencing food insecurity, which has tripled among households with children to about 29.5%. Black and Hispanic Americans are particularly disproportionately affected. About 19.1% of Black households and 15.6% of Hispanic households experienced food insecurity in 2019 and COVID has only tripled these percentages. Approximately 19 million Americans live in food deserts. Around 38 million used SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) which benefits vary depending no the need of the participant but the average SNAP benefit for each member of a household was $129 per month. The demand for this program has been increasing at a significant rate. (npr)

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