As a result of the impact of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic (COVID-19), which caused a rise in unemployment and a collapse of small businesses, and now thousands of American households are being pressured into potential food shortages.
As the Washington Post reported, tens of millions of Americans have turned to local food banks for help with the current food insecurity left by the pandemic.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Home Pulse Survey, since the end of August, about 10% of adults, about 22.3 million, said they did not have enough to eat or did not have access to food.
Feeding America, a network of more than 200 food banks serving more than 46 million people, confirms a food deficit in the coming weeks or months, and for next year sets a total demand for charity food of 17 million pounds.
According to Bloomberg News, the eventual food shortage scenario would affect 54 million people compared to 37 million people facing the same problem before the pandemic.
Michael Ledger, executive director of Feeding the Gulf Coast, a hunger relief program operating along the Central Gulf Coast, said there has been an increase of more than 50 percent in the need for food.
“With COVID [the CCPVirus], it’s put people in a very vulnerable position. We had one in six individuals and one in four children struggling with hunger. And we have seen that number now increase to one in five adults and one in three children,” Ledger said, according to the public television network, Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).
Among the Trump administration’s efforts to implement measures to counter the economic ravages of the pandemic are relief checks to small- and medium-sized businesses, as well as to critical industries such as air travel and hospitality.
In September, President Trump announced another 1.37 million jobs for the month of August, leading to a decrease in the unemployment rate to 7.9%. It “broke the 10% level faster and deeper than thought possible,” Trump wrote on his Twitter account.
However, nearly 4 million jobs have disappeared forever and the rise in long-term unemployment and job losses still represent a challenge for the current administration and for American households.
The Salvation Army recently announced the launch of its annual holiday fundraising campaign to support households that have been financially ruined by the economic recession.
Since March Congress has held several sessions seeking to implement a stimulus bill without being able to reach a concrete agreement because of objections raised by Democratic leaders.
President Trump said after the ruling in the negotiations that he was preparing four concrete actions without Congress: Deferring the payroll tax until the end of the year, improving unemployment benefits until the end of the year, deferring student loan payments and forgiving interest indefinitely, and reinstating a federal moratorium on evictions.