Unemployment, hunger, loss … and food banks ready to help
An 18-year-old who was newly homeless and didn’t know which way to turn.
An elderly man who was out of groceries and considering eating his cat’s food.
A single mother of two young children who had been running a gym, until COVID-19 shut her business down.
These are just a few people who recently have turned to the Feeding America® network of 200 food banks for help.
Food banks have been scrambling to support people who are newly unemployed and are struggling to find work due to COVID-19 layoffs. Across the U.S., food banks have reported a 40 to 70 percent spike in the need for food assistance – an unprecedented demand in their roughly 50-year existence. And with economists predicting a multi-year recovery, the need for food assistance is expected to continue to grow.