Article: When Students Learn Remotely, Who Feeds Them?

Posted by Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity on September 1, 2020

It’s not just face-to-face access with teachers and peers that many students will miss when attending school remotely. Using two nationally representative studies, a Brookings Institute analysis used data from the USDA food security questionnaire ( in late April 2020 to conclude that overall rates of household food insecurity have effectively doubled ( due to the COVID-19 crisis. Those hunger rates are even higher for families with children; more than one in five households, and two in five households with children 12 and under, reported that the food they bought didn’t last and that they didn’t have enough money to get more.

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