NBC’s Joy Bauer show today Recently discussed the devastating realities of childhood food insecurity. But he shared what can be done to tackle the situation and raise awareness. Bauer said the pandemic has only exacerbated the ongoing issue in the United States. And it turns out that one in six children in the United States face a problem with hunger.
13 million children living with food insecurity
Bauer revealed that the new figures for children living in food-insecure homes are staggering. “So I think we were doing a really good job of narrowing things down and tackling food policies and investing in meal plans, like these great nonprofits,” Bauer told exclusively to Showbiz Cheat Sheet. shared with.
“But since the onset of COVID-19, oh my god, food insecurity and access have been acutely affected across America,” Bauer continued. “And so by the latest estimate, that’s about 13 million kids. I can hardly believe I’m saying that!”
“He is one of six children who live in food-insecure homes,” she reflected. “And facing hunger issues today. Not surprisingly, it has gone bad. But when you hear those numbers, I mean, it’s tough.”
How has the pandemic deepened the issues of food insecurity?
The impact created more problems as many schools did not open during the pandemic. School is the only place where some children eat during the day. “It’s totally part of the reason,” Bauer said of one reason why parents placed an emphasis on individualized learning.
“And it’s also like this was a big part of the reason people were campaigning for individuals to go back to school, especially for specific subgroups. Obviously, there’s socialization. Visualization and learning are accelerating. I mean, obviously, it’s so much better for so many different reasons.”
“But besides that, it was also people who were slammed with financial sanctions,” Bauer said. “And people’s businesses were closing. I know many people were taking advantage of unemployment. But most people who are living in poverty, I mean, it was a problem that was already bad, that got worse. And yes, the safety net of not having school and a free breakfast meal program was a great insult to injury.”
How is food insecurity being addressed?
Since this cause is so important to Bauer, he teamed up with General Mills for the #BigGBreakfast Challenge. He shared details about the program instagram. “As a mom and nutritionist, nothing is more important to me than nurturing my kids,” she captioned an adorable photo with her dog.
“That’s why I’m teaming up with @Generalmillscereal and my fellow registered dietitians across the country in support of the #BigGBreakfast challenge, and to raise awareness and resources for @NoKidHungry.” The mission is “to help ensure that every child in America has access to nutritious and affordable food.”
General Mills has a fun challenge. “As such building a ‘Jenga-style’ tower requires a solid foundation,” Bauer said. “A nutrient-rich breakfast helps kids set the tone for a successful day and can be as simple as adding a bowl of cereal.
What is General Mills doing to raise food insecurity awareness?
“This program is really so good for me,” Bauer said. “No one is more passionate about feeding people good food than nutritionists. That’s why I’m in offense to all my registered dietitian partners, to my followers and other fellow dietitians to talk about the pandemic’s impact on food insecurity in America.” I am calling to help educate.
Bauer further explained how the challenge works. “Stack your cereal or box of cereal, snap a photo of your creation, and post it in your caption with #BigGBreakfast!” he shared. Bauer said the boxes can be empty or filled with any number of cereal brands.
“Include this link no kid hunger It’s important for your followers to learn more about this important initiative and perhaps consider donating. No Kid Hungry is a non-profit organization fighting for food policies and investing in food programs for children.”
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