Since the beginning of the economic and health crisis, exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic, hunger in the USA has grown to levels not seen since the great crisis of imperialism in 1929 (“Great depression”). A survey by the US Department of Agriculture revealed that hunger hit mainly families with children up to 12 years old, who experienced a 460% increase in hunger in April 2020 compared to 2018. By the end of April, more than one in every five families in the USA, and two out of five families with mothers with children up to 12 years old, were starving.
The “Covid Impact Study” among other initiatives asked questions from the US Department of Agriculture’s food security questionnaire at the end of April 2020. They were considered “food insecure” (hungry) if the respondent indicated that the following statements were often or sometimes true: “The food we bought just didn’t last and we didn’t have enough money to get more” and “The kids in my house weren’t eating enough, because we didn’t have the money to buy enough food.”
In comparison, in the same questionnaire made in 2018, the increase in mothers who answered that “children do not eat enough, because we do not have the money to buy enough food in the last 12 months” was 460%.
The questionnaire also revealed that 41% of mothers with children aged 12 or younger declared food insecurity since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. The percentage of mothers with children aged 12 and under who stated that “the food they bought did not last long and we did not have enough money to get more” increased by 170%.
Hunger in families with children under 18 increased by about 130% from 2018 until April 2020. Using the COVID Impact Study, it was found that 34.5% of families with a child aged 18 or under were in hunger at the end of April 2020.