It is no surprise that various social and economic factors, and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, have added another layer of depth to food insecurity and hunger in the United States. Nearly 4% of Americans reported that members of their households sometimes did not have enough to eat amid a strong economy and low unemployment rates.
According to the USDA, more than 38 million people in the United States, are food insecure. That means that almost 12% of Americans lack access to an affordable, nutritious diet.
Hunger can affect people from all walks of life. Looking at the communities that have been hit hardest by the pandemic and hunger, it’s essential to recognize that food insecurity does not affect everyone the same way. BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) communities, women, and children have faced the pandemic’s consequences and food insecurity at higher rates than other communities.
When the problem at hand looks so massive and its roots going so deep, it might seem too challenging to find one solution. We believe that by taking a stand in societal issues and a common cause together can help solve global problems.
SideChef believes that becoming aware of societal issues and making a small collective change can make a big difference. We are dedicated to reducing food waste through our Zero Waste Grocer initiative and helping fight against hunger in America.
Feeding America is the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, working to connect people with food and end hunger. It is a nonprofit organization SideChef aligns with and joins the fight to end hunger in America and a better future for American families.