(RightIsRight.co) – A report first published by Feeding America in early spring is once again drawing attention to the issue of food insecurity in America. An incredible 98% of food banks saw an increase in demand between April and March alone. In many cases, this was a direct result of job losses and closures during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A shocking 60% of food banks also reported a reduction in inventory levels as businesses and individuals were forced to limit how much they gave. And ultimately, that does mean it’s more difficult than ever to ensure no one goes to bed hungry.
Governor Mike DeWine implored Ohians to do their part by sending in cash donations — one of the safest ways to help during the pandemic.
Foodbanks need your help at this critical time. Please consider donating to a local food bank or pantry in your community to help those facing food insecurity due to #COVID19. An online donation keeps you safe while helping those who need it most. #InThisTogetherOhio pic.twitter.com/0goVJuM1qW
— Governor Mike DeWine (@GovMikeDeWine) November 29, 2020
While these numbers may be frightening, the issue of food insecurity is far from new. It isn’t like to disappear after the pandemic ends, either. The economic effects of COVID-19 alone will likely last for several years. But even overcoming this hurdle isn’t a guarantee — this societal problem typically exists in times of intense prosperity, too.
So, what’s the real answer? HealthyPeople.gov believes the focus should be on economic stability, but achieving that means taking a deep look at other linked concerns. These include education, access to healthcare, neighborhood environments, and community support.
At the end of the day, solving food insecurity is about coming together as a country. Americans help one another when they’re struggling, and that includes when it becomes impossible to put food on the table. Providing a few square meals is really just the start — we must also figure out how to empower people to better their lives and escape poverty for good.
It isn’t an easy issue to tackle, but it’s more than possible if we work together.
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