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The official child poverty rate is about the same today as in 1967. More Than Words Photography by Alisa Brouwer/Moment Open via Getty Images

1 in 6 US kids are in families below the poverty line

An alternative approach to measuring poverty detected a decline in 2021, amid a surge in government support for low-income families.
Free bagged lunches are ready for distribution at a public school in Fayette, Miss., on March 3, 2021. AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis

The pandemic has made it even harder for one in three Americans to obtain healthy, affordable food

A recent survey finds that the pandemic made it harder for many US households to put food on the table. It also changed the ways in which people buy and store food.
Stigma and lack of awareness prevent students from getting food assistance. Derek Davis/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images

1 in 3 college students face food insecurity – expanding SNAP benefits on campus will help stave off hunger

The federal government has temporarily widened eligibility for food assistance to more students. Two scholars argue this needs to be made permanent and be accompanied with an awareness campaign.
Despite help from the government and charities, the number of food-insecure kids is rising. NurPhoto/Getty Images

18 million US children are at risk of hunger: How is the problem being addressed and what more can be done?

An estimated 1 in 4 US children have trouble getting enough to eat at least sometimes. We asked four scholars for their insights..
People in Los Angeles picked up boxes containing nutritious food in April 2020 as food insecurity surged. AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill

Americans aren’t getting enough to eat during the coronavirus pandemic – here’s what’s happening in Los Angeles County

Not having enough to eat is a major public health concern, not only because it causes hunger and distress, but also because it’s linked to poor nutrition and unstable diet patterns.
The government helps tens of millions of Americans buy groceries. Jeff Greenberg/Getty

How SNAP can help people during hard economic times like these

The food aid program helps low-income families put food on the table and injects money straight into struggling local economies. It will be critical throughout the crisis the coronavirus is stoking.

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