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Amanda Little

Hunger Is Getting Worse Since the Pandemic

As war and inflation make food more expensive and harder to get, US lawmakers must accept that hunger isn't a passing problem but an enduring reality for the country.

Food banks are busier as prices rise.

Food banks are busier as prices rise.

Photographer: Mark Ralston/AFP

Covid-19 made hunger a critical concern as millions of Americans lost their jobs, families were homebound and supply chains were disrupted. Now inflation and war are making it worse.

Ensuring that people had enough food to feed their families wasn't a partisan issue during the pandemic, when Congress approved relief measures to boost aid. And it shouldn't be a partisan issue now, as economic and environmental pressures far beyond the control of any individual make food insecurity an enduring and defining crisis of our time.