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What Coronavirus Means for Food Insecurity

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University of Texas Health Science Center – Houston, Cizik School of Nursing
University of Houston

Originally published as: Daphne Hernandez, "What Coronavirus Means for Food Insecurity," The Hill, March 17, 2020.

With the number of coronavirus cases increasing daily, plans are being developed and implemented to prevent further spread of the virus. One of those plans includes the closing of school districts. While that’s an important safety measure, our policymakers must keep in mind that when schools close for an extended period of time, such as during the summer, rates of food insecurity increase.

If our leaders don’t develop holistic plans to meet this need, now and in the future, our nation’s most vulnerable children will be left without a place to get a good meal during times of crisis.