Dec 7, 2020
#Hunger in the #UnitedStates is up markedly this year. Feeding America says the number of people seeking help at its food banks nationwide has increased an average of 60% since the pandemic began. Four out of every 10 people have never set foot in a pantry until now. Feeding America’s own 181 food banks have distributed 1.6 billion pounds of food per quarter in the pandemic, compared with roughly 1 billion before. The AP’s hunger project included a portrait series with pantry patrons across the country — several of them first-timers who’ve fallen on hard times.