This Zoom session is from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EST: Combining Scholarship and Activism: An Intergenerational Exchange. Information about the session and registration is HERE. Bob Gottlieb and I will address how to combine food policy scholarship and activism in discussion with two much younger colleagues, Ivonne Quiroz and Lo Anderson.
Food insecurity is rising, especially among kids
The Wall Street Journal reports “More Americans Go Hungry Amid Coronavirus Pandemic, Census Shows.”
As of late last month, about 12.1% of adults lived in households that didn’t have enough to eat at some point in the previous week, up from 9.8% in early May, Census figures show. And almost 20% of Americans with kids at home couldn’t afford to give their children enough food, up from almost 17% in early June.
The most shocking revelation? Try this.
What’s going on here?
- Delays in getting unemployment benefits
- An end to the $600 unemployment supplement
- No increase in SNAP benefits
- Closed schools and child care centers no longer feeding kids.
- Food prices are up
- Food banks are overwhelmed
If ever there was a need for policy, this is it.