The number of American children who don’t get enough to eat has risen to unprecedented levels during the Covid-19 pandemic, especially in black and Latinx families, Karina Piser (France, 2017-2019) writes in The Nation.
In Louisiana’s impoverished East Carroll parish, some 40 percent of children are food insecure—the highest rate in the United States, comparable to rates in Bangladesh and Peru.
Hunger among families “is not just the consequence of a deepening economic crisis or a strained supply chain,” Karina writes. “At its core, food insecurity stems from a weak social safety net that the largely nonprofit anti-hunger system is ill-equipped to replace.”
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