-Around 1 in 7 children in the United States lives with hunger.
-More than 11 million children in the United States live in food insecure homes.
How COVID-19 will affect this issue:
-Over 22 million children in the United Stated depend on the free or reduced-price lunch they receive at school – they are not getting this when schools are closed during stay at home orders!
-The percent of US households who are food insecure rises when unemployment rises or when the economy is in a recession.
-For example, we saw the percent of households with children experiencing food shortages spike in 2008, which reinforces how serious this concern is right now given the affects of COVID-19 on the economy.
-Around 3 million children die from undernutrition each year.
-One third of children under the age of 5 are malnourished (stunted, wasted, or overweight).
-Around the world, about 3 million children under the age of 5 die every year as a result of hunger and malnutrition.
Why this is important:
-Poor general health, psychological trauma, and damage to brain development affecting mental capacity are all likely outcomes for adults who experienced hunger as children, even if they are able to find food as adults.
-These long term affects can impede in people’s ability to have productive lives, leading to more poverty. In this way, poverty both causes hunger and results from hunger.