As we all know, residents of Pennsylvania are already paying record-high prices for everything. Food, gas, and housing prices are already putting pressure on Pennsylvania citizens and might rise considerably more.
Fear of a global food crisis is growing due to the ongoing war in Ukraine, climate change, and rising inflation that could lead to food shortages in the United States.
Importing food from Russia and Ukraine will become more difficult in the coming months and years. It will affect everyone in the United States including Pennsylvania.
Most of us are unaware of many inequalities in our societies. For example, people experience hunger in every district and county in the whole state of Pennsylvania.
According to IRI (Information Resources. Inc.), approximately 18% of bakery products, 15% of candy, 16% of frozen foods, and 18% of beverages were out of stock at the supermarkets.
Pennsylvania consumers spent more than 17% on meat, poultry, and eggs, 10.9% on cereals, and 5.4% on fruits and vegetables.
According to Feeding America, in Pennsylvania, 1,353,730 people face hunger, and 383,520 of them are children. The food insecurity rate in Pennsylvania is 10.6%, and more than 1.3 million Pennsylvanians experienced food insecurity in 2019.
Families living with food insecurity are more likely to have additional issues. For example, increased food insecurity can exacerbate health conditions such as chronic health conditions relating to insufficient food supply and nutrients. Food insecurity can increase mental stress like anxiety and depression.
The coming food shortages threaten a further increase in food insecurity in Pennsylvania.
In addition, increasing basic nutrition coverage programs, such as financing for specific nutrition programs for babies, children, and women, should make it easier for lower-income Pennsylvanians to get food supplies in the face of rising inflation.
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