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Food insecurity concerns grow amid coronavirus pandemic

More than 50 million Americans could face food insecurity by the end of the year, including around 30,000 people locally.

Posted: Jun 22, 2020 5:13 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - More than 50 million Americans could face food insecurity by the end of the year. That number includes around 30,000 people locally.

That's according to projections in a new study released by Feeding America. The increase is linked to projected increases in poverty and unemployment due to the coronavirus.

"It's a shame that we have not fought harder to get food to certain Americans that need it," said Senator Ron Alting.

Alting said it's time to have conversations on how to address hunger in the community.

"What can we do collaborative from the state level, from the federal level and from the local level to feed our citizens in Tippecanoe County," said Alting.

Alting said he would also like to have conversations between other local state representatives and local food bank leaders.

Alting: "Let them share with us what areas they need help in and what their suggestions are to get that help."

According to Alting, several local catering companies and corporations like Wal-Mart and Payless have been donating to local food banks. He hopes to see others join in providing for those in need, especially during these times.

"I think we've got to sit down and mark who is doing good and who we have not contacted to see if we can get on board with them," said Alting.

The study projects both Tippecanoe and White Counties to see an increase in overall food insecurity by 5% this year.

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