Food insecurity, or the lack of access to enough healthy food, is a significant problem in the United States, and has gotten worse due to the government shutdown of the economy. Millions of people go hungry including children, elderly, and military families. 

  • One in four people in the United States faced food insecurity in 2020 (The Guardian)
  • Nearly one in eight households in the United States, or 54 million people, are experiencing food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic. (CNN)
  • In September 2020, over 50 million Americans, including 17 million children, experienced food insecurity. (NPR)
  • The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the problem of food insecurity in the United States, with millions of Americans turning to food banks for the first time (PBS NewsHour).

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