A new report from the Brookings Institution found that the coronavirus pandemic has had a dramatic effect on food security in the United States. Research from the institution found that 17.4 percent of mothers reported that their kids under 12 were not eating because of a lack of money.

“It is clear that young children are experiencing food insecurity to an extent unprecedented in modern times. Food insecurity in households with children under 18 has increased by about 130 percent from 2018 to today,” said lead researcher Lauren Bauer.

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Bauer told the New York Times that families were cutting back on portion sizes or skipping meals. School programs are responsible for feeding a significant size of kids in America. Many schools have kept their lunch programs open to help alleviate some of the hunger.

The coronavirus has left some 30 million Americans unemployed and economic changes have been swift around the country. The government is working to provide aid to the millions of Americans affected by the crisis.

Read more about protecting yourself from coronavirus. Check the CDC website for more information on how to protect yourself and check our latest article to learn how COVID-19 differs from the flu.

Scientists believe that the spread of COVID-19, or coronavirus, started at an exotic animal market in Wuhan, China. You can help stop the incidence of viruses like these by signing this petition to ban the wildlife trade.

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