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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for food continues to grow in the Washington D.C. region and nationwide as donations have sharply declined.
“Prior to COVID-19, 37 million people in the U.S. struggled with hunger. Feeding America estimates that as a result of the pandemic, that number may rise to 54 million people, including 18 million children in 2020.”
No Hungry Kid
“In the wake of COVID-19, more American families are waiting in line at food banks and rationing meals for their kids. With schools now closed for months, this has been the longest summer for kids facing hunger.”
“With COVID-19 continuing to spread, and millions of Americans still out of work, one of the nation's most urgent problems has only grown worse: hunger. In communities across the country, the lines at food pantries are stretching longer and longer, and there's no clear end in sight.”
“About 10 percent of American adults, 22.3 million, reported they sometimes or often didn’t have enough to eat within the past week, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s most recent Household Pulse Survey fielded between Aug. 19 and 31. That is up from 18 million before March 13.”