The Covid-19 pandemic has killed hundreds of thousands of Americans, destroyed businesses, wrecked livelihoods, and precipitated an avalanche of mental health crises across the United States. But an issue caused directly by the pandemic but not spoken of often is the issue of food insecurity among children. New Jersey children have been one of the hardest-hit groups in this aspect.
According to Feeding America, the largest network of food pantries in the US, New Jersey has seen a disturbing 75% increase in children going hungry between 2018 and the end of 2020 – the 5th worst spike in food insecurity in the nation. That means some 250,000 New Jersey children often don’t know where their next meal will come from.
The top-5 states with increases in food insecurity are North Dakota, Massachusetts, Colorado, Idaho, New Jersey, and Utah, in that order.
Read the full report from Feeding America in the document below.Brief_Local Impact_5.19.2020