In 2019, US government data showed poverty and hunger rates reached new lows, despite 34 million (10.5%) still living below the poverty line. Roughly 11.1% of households are food insecure, struggling to put food on the table. Glaringly, the data does not reflect the ongoing recession, fueled by the COVID-19 pandemic. With millions currently unable to work due to restrictions and recession, hardship has skyrocketed in 2020. More than 29 million adults now live with food insecurity. The rate is twice as high for many minority households.
“For millions of American families, the COVID-19 pandemic has wiped away the gains we have made. It has exposed how fragile the economy truly is, while the pandemic shows no signs of retreating,” said Amelia Kegan, FCNL legislative director for domestic policy. “The data demonstrates the vital role federal anti-poverty programs play in ensuring low-income Americans can meet their basic needs.”
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