The Effect of COVID-19 and Food Insecurity on Children in Michigan
As Covid-19 continues to devastate the world, it highlights existing health disparities, especially in low-income families that already face inequities. More specifically, the pandemic has dramatically increased food insecurity among low-income families with children in Michigan. With access to quality food being a vital part of a child’s health and development, there is a risk of serious indirect effects of the pandemic. Response measures such as stay-at-home mandates, social distancing, and food hoarding can also negatively effect children’s lives. While community food assistance programs and state and national governments are responding in innovative ways, public health officials continue to see an increase in child hunger in Michigan during 2020. As the pandemic progresses, an extensive and inclusive policy response is imperative.
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