As the world has endured the COVID-19 pandemic for over a year now, millions and millions of people are facing food insecurity, of which most of them are facing this problem the first time around. But despite this, we should never lose hope because non-profit organizations like food banks and charities are doing what they can to help those who have been affected by this health crisis.
Read more as we’ll tackle this topic about the COVID-19 efforts of food banks by the numbers in today’s blog post.
The Hunger Problem Is Becoming More Prevalent At The Time Of The COVID-19 Crisis
Organizations fighting hunger say the food insecurity situation our country is facing today is unlike anything we’ve seen before, even during the recent recession in 2007 to 2009. That’s because aside from the illness that is prevailing, Americans are also affected by the countless job closures which resulted in more people finding relief in food pantries because their cupboards and refrigerators are already emptied.
Luckily, food banks are distributing food at a rapid pace despite the scarcity of resources. And they are doing what they can to curb the effects of the coronavirus and provide nutritious meals, especially to folks who haven’t face food insecurity problems before.
Here are some stats that indicate how food banks have provided food support and strong daily response during the current health crisis:
6 Billion Meals – Last year, food banks all across the country have distributed 6 million meals for members of the community who are facing hunger. And based on this figure, it is sufficient enough to provide food for every US resident for 2 meals in 6 days.
The grim reality though is that 40% of those who are turning to food banks nowadays are first timers because of job loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Which is why these organizations need more of your donations and support than ever before to help the less fortunate.
55% More People – Food banks in the United States have seen a 55% increase in people served before the pandemic. And again, this is because more and more families are finding it hard to afford food on their own because of interrupted incomes due to business closures and layoffs. But the good thing is food banks are already prepared for this increase and are now on pace to provide over 6.5 billion meals this year.
12% More Americans Could Face Hunger – It is estimated that 1 of 8 more US citizens may face hunger because of COVID-19. That’s roughly 42 million people, including 13 million minors, who will experience hunger this year and in the coming year. Fortunately, food pantries in the country are stepping up to feed those who are affected in this uncertain time.
67% Of Food Banks Need More Volunteers More Than Ever – Many food pantries need your help by volunteering to anticipate the increase in people who are facing food insecurity. And if you can’t devote your time because of the fear of COVID-19 infection, you still can make a difference by donating to their response fund so you can still help those who are hungry without leaving your home.