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Food insecurity rose ‘significantly’ in households with children and among people of color, report finds

Philadelphia Inquirer

September 8, 2021

Food insecurity increased “significantly” for households with children in 2020 during the hard economic times created by the pandemic, according to a report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday.

Additionally, food insecurity rose for people living in Black and Hispanic households, even though the overall U.S. food insecurity rate of 10.5%, or 13.8 million households, remained the same between 2019 and 2020.

“It’s clear our support systems have built-in flaws,” said Mariana Chilton, director of the Center for Hunger-Free Communities at Drexel University and an expert on child hunger. “There are major problems with the way we treat children and the way we treat Black and Latino families in America. We fail to protect those who need the most protecting.”

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