“What we’ve seen, has been, unfortunately, a steady level of greatly, significantly increased need, since the pandemic started,” said Katie Fitzgerald, Chief Operating Officer of Feeding America.
“About 40 percent of the people who are showing up for food distributions have never before had to rely on charitable food assistance,” Fitzgerald told CNN.
“People are really trying to figure out how they can access help with feeding themselves and their family,” she added. “It is a basic need that every human being has to be able to know when you wake up in the morning that you’re going to be able to eat.”
This food-access crisis is threatening to exacerbate the already glaring health disparities for vulnerable people including low-income families, children, and older adults.
Here is how you can get help if you are facing food insecurity today.
Non-profits with food distribution initiatives
Additional federal food assistance resources
Several federal programs are available to help make ends meet during these difficult times. State and federal programs have expanded to help even more people during the pandemic.
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