Even before the coronavirus pandemic, about 37 million Americans lived in households that were unable to consistently afford enough food. The outbreak of COVID-19 and resulting economic slowdown has only worsened those numbers: Adult hunger has more than doubled, with more than one-third of households reporting in May 2020 that they were unable to afford sufficient food at some point in the last month. Food banks and food pantries have been overwhelmed by increased demand, leaving many families scrambling for ways to put food on their tables.
Hunger Free America is working to respond to the COVID-19 crisis by helping families access existing food programs, and organizing volunteers to ensure that services are expanded to meet the current need for expanded food programs.
If you're in need of food assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic, here's how to get help:
Anywhere in the United States:
Call the USDA National Hunger Hotline to find emergency food resources near you: 1-866-348-6479.
See our factsheet for how to access free meals, shelter, childcare, and more.
In New York City:
If you are in need of assistance with your SNAP (formerly known as Food Stamps) application, please contact one of our Benefits Specialists listed here.
Read Hunger Free America's factsheet on receiving SNAP and WIC benefits during the COVID-19 outbreak in New York City.
If you would like to help Hunger Free America during the COVID-19 pandemic, here's how to offer support:
Click here to donate to Hunger Free America's coronavirus response efforts.
Click here to become a hunger volunteer, either on site at an emergency food provider or remotely with work you can do from home.
Click here to advocate for the Senate to pass the Heroes Act to provide additional food aid to hungry Americans.
Contact your members of Congress to show your support for important legislation — such as the HOPE Act — that would help food insecure Americans during this challenging time.