(Food Insecurity/USA) Food Insecurity Crises at Home and Abroad: Why Biden Must Lead on Both (Caitlin Welsh, CSIS)

When it ultimately subsides, one of the lasting images of the pandemic in the United States will be a food bank with customers queued for blocks or cars lined up for miles. The culprit is not lack of food but the economic downturn that spread as quickly as the virus: our food insecurity problem is an income problem, not a food problem. To predict increases in food insecurity because of Covid-19, Feeding America used estimates of unemployment and poverty, concluding that, in 2020, 15.6 percent of Americans could have been food insecure. If this proves true, it would indicate the highest number of food-insecure individuals, and the greatest annual increase in food insecurity, in over twenty years—including the Great Recession.