Pandemic has majorly affected the entire world on every ground specially food insecurity. With the ongoing pandemic hunger in America could increase & surpass 2007’s recession. 1 in 6 American’s could go hungry if Covid persists.
Even with the COVID -19 outbreak the supply of food chains has been boasted but still for the vulnerable sections of society shelfs in the supper market remain empty.
As per, Feeding America, country’s largest hunger-relief organisation more than 50 million people will encounter food insecurity that is 50 percent more than last year. With this statistics one in six Americans and one in four children would face food insecurity.
This pandemic would suppress the hunger of 2007 recession. Trisha Cunningham, the president of North Texas Food Bank stated “People are seeing hunger like they’ve never seen it before.”
About 548 million meals were distributed at food banks and pantries by Feeding America in October which is 52 percent from an average month before the pandemic. Usually North Texas Food Bank holiday distribution serves around 500 people. But this year they served 8,500 people. Many of them in the crowd lost their job in the pandemic and were unable to meet the basic necessities.
With the strike of pandemic, many countries that were upright before are even experiencing food insecurity and the areas that were already facing the problem are in more debt. Food America presume an annual unemployment rate of 10.5 percent and a poverty rate of 14.4 percent. After 2008 recession countries served by North Texas Food Bank were measured lowest level of food insecurity. But today the number has increased by one-third. Every month 90 semi- trucks serves food to meet the demand. The situation around many areas in America are same.
The American Black or Native residents are in more need of help. Emily Engelhard, managing director of Feeding America’s research unit stated “This is a story about racial and ethnic disparities—both food insecurity and the story of coronavirus,” she added “The populations and geographies that started in the most disadvantageous state of food insecurity are the ones that are getting hit the hardest.
David Kennedy, a history professor at Stanford University said, “a measurable shift in attitudes, from rugged individualism to more cooperative means of dealing with crisis.”
After the pandemic outbreak the target of food supply by North Texas Food Bank has reduced to half though before it they aimed to distribute 92 million meals by 2025.
Food banks have become the only source of food supply for majority of people. Trisha Cunningham said “Food banks were designed to be supplemental—to fill the gaps.”