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September 29, 2020

Food insecurity in US higher than during the Great Depression

By Paul Dennis

29 September

The Covid-19 pandemic has led to an unprecedented increase in unemployment rates across the world.

Trevon D Logan, professor of economics at Ohio State University, shared an article on how one in three families with children in the US are experiencing food insecurity due to the unemployment caused by the pandemic.

The level of food insecurity is higher than the peak of the Great Recession.

The article notes that food insecurity is common during an economic downturn, but the current pandemic is disproportionately affecting families with children and children themselves.

Majority of the children from low-income groups depended on schools to provide two of their meals but as schools remain closed they are deprived of these meals.

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The pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) programme has provided some of the money to replace the meals that children receive at school but it is not sufficient, the article added.

Further, those children who are not in school and in daycare did not qualify for the programme depriving them of much needed meals.

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