America's food insecurity persists, especially for children and older adults. America’s yearlong food insecurity crisis has been felt especially sharply by children who lost easy access to free school meals, and older adults who struggled to get groceries or meals at senior centers because they worried about contracting the virus.
Although the coronavirus pandemic is beginning to recede, food banks around the U.S. continue giving away far more canned, packaged and fresh provisions. For those who are now back at work, many are still struggling, paying back rent or trying to rebuild savings.
Katie Fitzgerald, Feeding America’s chief operating officer, said she expects the food banks will collectively distribute the equivalent of 6 billion meals this year, about the same amount they gave away last year.
“A lot of families who were living paycheck to paycheck before the pandemic were already experiencing food insecurity,” she said. “Now, the level of insecurity for some has grown more extreme, when you see real hunger — mom skipping meals to feed the family.”