My name is Carly Hill and I am a freshman at San Diego State University currently residing in Tacoma, Washington. After seeing the devastating effects of COVID-19 on individuals and families, I thought what better way to help our community through food-based service! I have been offered a great team of people to help carry out the functions needed to make this project possible, and we are excited to make an impact on members of our community!
Covid-19 has impacted many individuals' ability to provide for their families due to significantly reduced income, with job loss and decreased hours being main factors. Consequently, many families have struggled making ends meet and simply having the means to satisfy their everyday needs. With the 2020 Thanksgiving Sponsor-a-Family project, we hope to connect local families in need with necessary the supplies required to create a memorable Thanksgiving dinner.
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By the Numbers
Before COVID-19, the number of food-insecure individuals in 2018 was over 37 million, and it is expected to greatly increase
Should unemployment and poverty increase to the level of the Great Recession, 9.9 million more people may experience food insecurity, and in a more extreme scenario as many as 17.7 million people could become food insecure
An estimated 5.5 million seniors age 60 and older are food insecure, as are 4.8 million adults aged 50-59. Many seniors regularly face challenges accessing food due to transportation limitations, and with social distancing in place, these challenges are likely to be heightened
Workers of the hospitality, leisure, and service industries already face above average rates of food insecurity (16-17%) than other occupational categories, and with many public services closing indefinitely, these workers face dire circumstances
A significant rise in unemployment over the year and a corresponding rise in child poverty would result in a total of 18 million children experiencing food insecurity
All figures are based on reports from FeedingAmerica.org
For more Information on how COVID-19 has increased food insecurity amongst individuals and families visit:
Tracking the COVID-19 Recession's Effects on Food, Housing, and Employment Hardships:
Food Insecurity and COVID-19: