Food insecurity is defined as a lack of consistent access to enough food to lead an active and healthy life. And according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), 1 in 8 Americans experienced food insecurity in 2020.
To learn more, I emailed with Credit Karma Chief People Officer and consumer financial advocate Colleen McCreary. Here's what she had to say:
1.First, you should know that inflation is very high at the moment, and a lot of it is related to the pandemic.
2.And it's hard to predict if or when prices will start to come back down.
3.Like other effects of the pandemic, inflation is hitting lower-income people the hardest.
4.Rising prices at the grocery store aren't the only factors contributing to food insecurity. For many families, remote learning has meant an end to free or low-cost school lunches.
5.If you're having trouble affording food, federal and state food assistance programs are a place to start.
6.And you should also seek out help locally by looking for things like food banks and community fridges near you.
7.Finally, if you want to help in your community, make donations or consider volunteering with a group in your area.
Do you know of a group that's working to feed people in your area? Give them a shoutout in the comments!