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COVID-19, Kids And Food | Honoring Military Fatigues

Volunteers at Unity Southeast in Kansas City load up a car with milk and other foods during a holiday food giveaway in December.
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Even with additional food sources like this giveaway at Unity Southeast in Kansas City, food insecurity among children has gone from 13.6 percent to 28 percent over the course of the pandemic.

The coronavirus saw food insecurity for households with children rise 15 points and the Kansas City woman giving fatigues worn by service members new purpose.

Segment 1, beginning at 1:00: The loss of family income and usual sources like school lunches means more children don't know when they are getting their next meal.

Other factors at play when it comes who will go hungry include race, gender discrimination and government policies. We look at how other countries have done during the pandemic compared to the United States when it comes to getting its residents fed and ask how soon we can expect to see a rebound from the current level of food insecurity.

Segment 2, beginning at 31:40: Connie Swartz was packing her husband's military uniforms for their tenth move when she started wondering how to dispose of the fatigues that were no longer needed.

The more Swartz thought about it the more she realized there must be others wondering the same thing. Turns out that every year about 200,000 people separate from the service and they take an average of five sets of fatigues with them. That is one million fatigue uniforms that could end up in landfills, go into storage or end up in thrift stores each year. Connie's solution was Celebrate Fatigues, a non-profit that honors those uniforms by repurposing them into everyday products for men and women.

  • Connie Swartz, founder, Celebrate Fatigues
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