Increasing Food Insecurity due to COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has had far reaching impacts on many aspects of our life. Our economy has been extremely hard hit, with unemployment rising due to business closures. As unemployment has risen, so has food insecurity. While food insecurity can be difficult to measure in real-time, one indicator is fairly certain, the number of people accessing emergency food resources. Second Harvest of Silicon Valley has seen a steady increase in demand for food in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties since the beginning of the pandemic in March. Fortunately, they have been able to meet the increased need, but it does indicate a need for expanding support services for residents in need. A recently published research brief from Joint Ventures Silicon Valley describes how the problem has grown throughout the region.