One of the most widespread effects of the COVID-19 pandemic is that many people throughout the country are experiencing food insecurity for the first time. The most recent Feeding America food insecurity projections show that the state of Massachusetts has seen the greatest percentage increase in food insecurity in the country due to the pandemic, a 59% increase. The Greater Boston Food Bank’s service area of Eastern Massachusetts is seeing an even greater surge in food insecurity; 1 in 8 individuals are now food insecure in our region.
This problem is even worse for children. The coronavirus has caused food insecurity among children to rise 117% in Eastern Massachusetts so that now 1 in 5 children live in a home that is food insecure. This is the highest percentage increase for a food bank service area in the country!
With the surge in coronavirus infection rates and the continued high unemployment in the state, the Greater Boston Food Bank expects that food insecurity rates will remain high for the near future. This winter, Azurity is partnering with the Greater Boston Food Bank to help continue to meet the rising demand for food.