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One third of Americans report being food insecure during pandemic

Xavier Mendoza | WCMU

A third of Americans report impacted access to food during the pandemic. That’s according to a new survey from Michigan State University.

In the last year and a half millions of Americans lost their jobs and income, driving many to cut down on how much they regularly spend on food.

MSU’s Food Literacy and Engagement Poll surveyed just over two-thousand Americans. It found 31-percent of those surveyed say the pandemic affected their access to food.

MSU researcher Sheril Kirshenbaum, who co-directed the survey, said the number of individuals and families going without enough food to eat is at a staggering number.

“Food insecurity means that seven days a week, they might not have always had enough calories to get through their day, they might have gone to bed hungry, they might have wanted to be able to afford more food than they could for their household.”

Kirshenbaum said food insecurity is not something new but the issue has been exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic.