In a recent report by the Brookings Institution it has been reported that nearly a fifth of young children in the United States are not getting enough food due to the coronavirus crisis. The report of Wednesday has shed light on the broader impact of the crisis. Nearly 17.4 percent of mothers with children aged 12 or under reported that they are unable to feed their children due to lack of money.
The lead researcher Lauren Bauer said, “It is clear that young children are experiencing food insecurity to an extent unprecedented in modern times.”
“Food insecurity in households with children under 18 has increased by about 130 percent from 2018 to today,” she added.
The survey indicates that the consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic is worse than the financial crisis of 2008. Mr Bauer described the result as “alarming” claiming that many households are being compelled to reduce their meal options and kids were being forced to skip meals.
She further explained that the disrupted school meal programmes may be a big reason. Many families are unable to collect meals from distribution sites and older siblings competing for limited supplies at home. Bauer urged the government to increase food security programs to handle the situation. The economic shutdown has snatched jobs of nearly 30 million American workers.
The April employment report will come out on Friday which may show the jobless rate soaring, perhaps as high as 20 percent, reaching levels not seen since the Great Depression last century. In the United States more than 1.2 million people have been infected and 72,000 people have died so far. President Trump a few days ago predicted that a total of 100,000 people can die in America due to the pandemic.