America’s food safety net is broken. In the richest country in the world, some 25 million households — including 12 million households with children under the age of 18 — reported that they sometimes or often did not have enough to eat, according to recent Census Bureau data. Low-income households, people of color, single mothers, people with disabilities, the elderly and LGBTQI+ communities tend to experience disproportionately high rates of hunger and food insecurity. It’s past time for lawmakers at all levels of government to address this crisis.
Later this month, the Biden administration will host a White House Conference on Hunger, Health, and Nutrition with the goal of eradicating hunger by 2030. The conference provides an opportunity to rethink our food system, applying lessons from the pandemic and other economic, health and climate-related disasters to overcome today’s challenges and create an equitable and sustainable food system.
The above excerpt was originally published in The Hill.
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