The Pandemic Disrupted Americans’ access to food. Not everybody suffered equally.

The COVID-19 pandemic was expected to drive many families into hunger as jobs were lost and supply chains were interrupted. The prediction held true, but mostly for people of color.

The nation’s overall food insecurity rate remained the same between 2019 and 2020, but Black and Hispanic households fared the worst, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture data released last month. Fewer white households’ struggled with food insecurity last year than the year before.