This summer I traveled across the country to meet Americans who, because of job losses from the pandemic, needed food assistance. I wanted see what food insecurity looked like up close and understand the emotional impact on families.
"This is America: a family crammed in a minivan driving mile after mile across San Diego County, first to one food giveaway and then to another and then to more." The Covid epidemic brings food insecurity to the American middle class, by
It doesn’t have to be this way.
In August, ⁦⁩ traveled all across the country to talk with families about what it’s like to have to ask for food assistance for the first time in the wake of the pandemic. Read his story on food insecurity and the newly needy in America
When historians look back on our pandemic-stricken times, there will perhaps be one indelible image that captures the attention of future generations: the endless lines of cars across the country filled with hungry Americans
Don't miss this portrait of American hunger in 2020, written with such empathy by my pal
Feeding America projects that up to 54M Americans could be food insecure before the end of the year, a 46% increase since the pandemic began. The group has reported a 60% increase in the # of ppl it serves, & said that 4 in 10 ppl are 1st-time recipients.
Minivans at the Food Pantry: Meet America’s New Needy
"The Great Depression with minivans." Important, humane and heart breaking stories of people who can't afford enough food for their families.
Lily Victory resisted the food pantry until she couldn't. She caved - and lied to her kids. The pantry's soda and cupcakes, normally forbidden in her home, were a pandemic treat. The Lunchables were gone because the shelves at the grocery store were bare.
Gutting story: "the Great Depression with minivans"
‘Just Because I Have a Car Doesn’t Mean I Have Enough Money to Buy Food’
‘Just Because I Have a Car Doesn’t Mean I Have Enough Money to Buy Food’ - The New York Times
Listening to voices unheard: America's hunger is growing. Images of long snaking lines of cars at foodbanks are part of the pandemic's reality but it doesn't have to be that way.
This was not happening in 1976 because of the swine flu. Totally different
'When historians look back on our pandemic-stricken times, there will be one indelible image that captures the attention of future generations: endless lines of cars across the country filled with hungry Americans: "the Great Depression with minivans.”