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Children Suffer Largest Increase In Food Insecurity During Pandemic

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Volunteers at Unity Southeast in Kansas City load up a car with milk and other foods during a holiday food giveaway in December.
Carlos Moreno/KCUR 89.3
Even with additional food sources like this giveaway at Unity Southeast in Kansas City, food insecurity among children continued to climb.

For households with kids, the percentage who didn't know where their next meal was coming from jumped from 13.6 to 28 percent since the coronavirus struck.

The loss of family income and usual sources like school lunches means more children don't know when they will get to eat a regular 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.

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