December 29, 2020 by Kathleen Mary Willis. About 4 in 10 Americans report that they experienced food insecurity for the first time during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a new poll of … IPR's Diane Schanzenbach and Natalie Tomeh have created an an app that uses data from the Census Household Pulse Survey that graphs weekly food insecurity rates. By the end of 2020, an estimated 270 million people worldwide are expected to be food insecure, according to estimates from The United Nation’s World Food Program. It allows users to easily access food insecurity rates for different states and different racial and ethnic groups. Willard Marcum, an EMT, drives a vehicle through a food bank in Dunlow, West Virginia. Even though the SOFI 2020 projections provide important estimates on the extent of hunger, food insecurity, and malnutrition around the world, Jeffrey Sachs—Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network and SDG Advocate for UN Secretary-General António Guterres—said he believes they are serious underestimates. By Debra Adams Simmons, HISTORY Executive Editor for National Geographic, December 28th, 2020. Although Africa is where the highest levels of total food insecurity are observed, it is in Latin America and the Caribbean where food insecurity is rising the fastest: from 22.9 percent in 2014 to 31.7 percent in 2019, due to a sharp increase in South America (Table 3). Figure 1 shows that in 2020, food insecurity among all households and households with children remained elevated over 2019 levels and levels of food insecurity … Areas with Highest Rates of Food Insecurity, 2020 with Projections Due to Covid-19. National Geographic Newsletter: Food Insecurity in 2020. While California would see the highest increase in the number of children living in food-insecure households (852,000), Texaswould be home to the most food-insecure children – 2.3 million – though only During the COVID-19 crisis, rates of food insecurity have soared. Among children, the projected child food insecurity rates for 2020 range from 18.4% (Massachusetts) to 34.5% (Louisiana). As 2020 winds down, roughly 23 percent of households in the U.S. are struggling with food insecurity, a number that has doubled since last year. Feeding America, “The Impact of the Coronavirus on Food Insecurity in 2020 There is no way to fully capture people’s intersectional identities, but here are a few more statistics to consider. In Yemen, 13.5 million people are facing “high levels of acute food insecurity”, a number predicted to rise to 16.2 million – more than half the population – in the first six months of 2021. The country’s severe hunger problem is the result of a dangerous mixture that includes fighting, a currency crash, and rising prices.