What is food insecurity? It is when people in a household are either unsure about or unable to get enough food to feed everyone under their roof because of a lack of money. During the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly 4 in 10 Black and Hispanic households with children are struggling to feed their families. This is a dramatic rise that threatens the health of millions of young Americans. Food insecurity is an important risk factor for serious long-term medical conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease. Black and Hispanic households with children are now nearly twice as likely as white families to be struggling with food. In fact, these are the same groups already facing a big impact from type 2 diabetes. In 2018, 25% of Black households with children were food insecure. Today, the rate is up to about 39%. In Hispanic households with children, the rate was nearly 17% in 2018. Today, it is nearly 37%. The rate in white households with children is significantly lower at 22%, but still twice as high as it was before COVID-19. Across all groups, food insecurity has increased as a result of COVID-19, but it especially impacts Black and Hispanic households.
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