According to the report, federal aid and additional unemployment benefits, as well as the reopening of enterprises, have alleviated the situation to some extent, but most of the federal aid has been used up. Up to 12 million workers will lose unemployment benefits unless Congress acts by the end of the year. Children, in particular, will lose the chance to enjoy free or reduced meals, as most schools have closed for most of the year and have switched to distance learning.
Those trying to contain the hunger crisis fear that the seemingly strong rebound data could mask the crisis.
The scale of this dilemma is incredible. Most parts of the United States are saying, I cant afford my familys meals. Stacy Dean, President of the center for budget and policy priorities, told the Washington Post that its disappointing that there has not been a breakthrough.
At the same time, African Americans who are most affected by the epidemic situation are also the people most affected by the food crisis. About 22% of African American families said they had been starving in the past week, almost twice the national average and 2.5 times that of white families.