44% of Americans fear they won’t be able to afford food, poll finds

May 7, 2020
Food banks are seeing a surge in demand as COVID-19 pandemic pushes many newly-unemployed toward food insecurity.
Cars line up at a food distribution site for those impacted by the coronavirus pandemic in Inglewood, California.
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Feeding America CEO expects to serve 17 million extra people

Apr 13, 2020
Claire Babineaux-Fontenot said the charity needs more funding, food supply and volunteers to respond to the crisis.
Sixty percent of Feeding America's member food banks are facing shortages.
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Coronavirus-linked hardship puts pressure on food banks

Apr 9, 2020
As millions lose their jobs or suffer furloughs, the demand at food banks is surging.
Volunteers pack boxes of food at the distribution center of the Capital Area Food Bank on April 9 in Washington, D.C.
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Food pantries struggle to provide during COVID-19

Mar 31, 2020
As many Americans stock up on weeks of provisions, food pantries, food banks and soup kitchens are figuring out how to get hungry Americans the food they need.
Pantries are mobilizing to serve those who can't come to them: They’re posting social media callouts, hiring translators and renting vans for delivery.
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Retaliatory tariffs could be a boon for U.S. food banks

Oct 24, 2018
Some crops from U.S. farmers losing money from a trade spat with China will be redirected to food banks across the country.
Volunteers sort pears at a San Francisco food bank in 2017.
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How food banks are reaching high-risk seniors

Oct 11, 2018
The AARP estimates more than 10 million people 50 and older are at risk of going hungry every day in the United States. In Florida, where many baby boomers retire, this food insecurity is compounded by a lack of public…
A volunteer at a food drop at the Church of God in Bithlo passes out fresh bread donated from Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. Of the 93,000 meals they’ve provided so far this year, 80 percent of the food is considered nutritious.    
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What if the social safety net isn't safe anymore?

Jun 2, 2017
Food banks and other organizations are coming up with contingency plans in case funding is cut from the federal budget.
Volunteers sort food at the West Side Campaign Against Hunger food pantry in New York City.
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Millions of US teens struggle with hunger

Sep 12, 2016
Here's how they cope.
Millions of kids between the ages of 10-17 struggle to get enough food to eat.
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Behind America's hungry: low wages

Dec 23, 2015
A look at what's driving the increased demand for emergency food assistance.

Food banks gear up for Thanksgiving

Nov 25, 2015
As we head into the Thanksgiving holiday, food banks are gearing up to help the hungry.
A SF-Marin Food Bank customer pushes a cart with turkeys at the SF-Marin Food Bank on November 13, 2015 in San Francisco, California.
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