Child Hunger During the Pandemic 

Child Hunger During the Pandemic 

E. Ersch

Lucine La Porta, Editor/Writer

Since the beginning of the Corona virus pandemic hit the shores of the United States in early 2020,  food insecurity has spread across the nation especially impacting households with young children. The COVID Impact Survey and The Hamilton Project/Future of the Middle Class Initiative Survey of Mothers with Young Children asked households approved questions from the USAD, United States Department of Agriculture, about food insecurity. In households that did not have enough food answered the questions similarly: 

The food we bought just didn’t last and we didn’t last, and we didn’t have enough money to get more.  

The children in my household were not eating enough because we just couldn’t afford enough food. 

The main reason that children are going hungry during this pandemic is because parents are not making enough money to sufficiently feed their whole family. According to U.S. News41% of mothers with children under 13 years old reported recent food insecurities. Although Congress took steps in the beginning to address child food insecurity, more support is required.  

Food insecurity is when someone lacks enough food to lead a healthy life. Children who suffer from food insecurity can face challenges such as social and behavioral problems and developmental problems.,

  

During the school year, FUSD must provide meals for kids who were not getting properly fed at home. Given the present circumstances, it has been difficult for school districts to continue to give out food. Although some districts, such as Fresno, have successfully found a way to distribute food, others have not been as fortunate.