One year ago today, the World Health Organization declared the spread of COVID-19 a global pandemic. In the days and weeks that followed, cities, counties, and states across the US issued stay-at-home orders in efforts to curb the virus and “flatten the curve” for hospital systems. With those orders, industries transformed, and schools closed, millions of people turned to the government for assistance—at a time when government offices were closed.
A year into the pandemic, every single one of us has seen our lives and livelihoods altered. And those who have felt the effects of that year the hardest are those who were already most marginalized in our country. Today, one in seven households with children is still reporting that they sometimes or often don’t have enough to eat.
Last spring, we published our insights into how the pandemic was driving unprecedented need for food assistance through GetCalFresh data. Now, one year into this crisis, we’re sharing statistics as well as words from our clients that show how this pandemic has affected all of our lives.