The poll, released by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) in late May, surveyed 1,189 Americans in mid-May regarding the state of their physical and mental health, as well as their ability to pay for costs related to adequate health care and food. KFF found that 48 percent of respondents said that they or someone living with them medical treatment that is delayed or skipped since February. In addition, the poll found that 26 percent of those surveyed said they or someone in their household had missed meals, visited a food bank, or applied for a government food program in the middle of a pandemic.
Among the 26 percent are those who claim to have missed meals or eat less (14 percent of all 1,189 respondents claim this is true), those who rely on charity or the food bank to supplement food (13 percent of all respondents) and those who register to the benefits of the Additional Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (13 percent of all respondents).
More than half of Americans who face food insecurity say the cause is directly related to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on their finances (59 percent of those who face food insecurity, or roughly one sixth of the entire survey group). Thirty-nine percent said they had faced food insecurity before February (10 percent of the entire group), while 1 percent said they did not know the exact cause.
“In addition, black and Latin adults and those with lower incomes appear to be more affected,” the KFF added that study. “About four out of ten black adults (45 percent) and Latinos (39 percent) say they have skipped food or relied on government charity or food programs since February, including three out of ten black adults and about a quarter (26 percent) from Hispanics who say their experience is directly related to the financial impact of coronavirus. “
The survey results seem to reflect research carried out in the middle of a pandemic, including those conducted by the Hamilton Project. In it, mothers of small children (under 12) are asked to evaluate their food security during the month. More than 40 percent said they did not have enough money to buy enough food for the whole family, while more than 17.4 percent said children in the household, in particular, did not get enough food “because we simply could not afford enough food . food.”
Citing these results, the Hamilton Project proposes taking steps to improve food safety among Americans, by increasing the benefits of SNAP and EBT.
Those who face food insecurity can find out about their eligibility for federal nutrition assistance programs, such as SNAP, at the US Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service, and also through resources provided by local or state governments. Feeding America also offers resources for find a food bank in your country’s territory.
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