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Our Best Food Access Reporting of 2023


Nearly three years since the COVID-19 pandemic began upendeding the global food system, we are still seeing food insecurity in all the same places. Early, and major, changes to federal food-assistance programs did address rising food insecurity, but the end of those programs, coupled with astronomical inflation and food prices, put many more households at risk of going hungry.

Over the course of this year, we continued to report on how food insecurity is taking shape around the country—looking at the causes and effects of food inflation, how the people who grow our food often can’t afford to buy it for themselves, and the potential return of school lunch shaming. Here are our most important stories about food insecurity in the U.S., as well as how cities, states, and communities are trying to address this persistent problem.

Can Discount Grocer Lidl Offer Better Food Access in DC’s Ward 7?
The recent opening of the German grocery chain in Southeast DC gives residents a much-needed source for healthy, affordable food. Many hope it will drive other solutions to food insecurity in the under-served area.

Pay-What-You-Can Farm Stands Feed Communities Against Tough Odds
COVID and inflation made fresh fruit and vegetables harder for many to access. Farms offering produce based on what people can pay have played an increasingly important role in keeping communities around the country healthy.

A disabled person in an electric wheelchair shops for groceries in a supermarket even though food price inflation is making it harder.

How Food Inflation Adds to the Burdens Disabled People Carry
Between the dramatic increase in food prices and the end of pandemic-era SNAP benefit increases, disabled people are struggling to access the food they need to stay healthy.

Food Prices Are Still High. What Role Do Corporate Profits Play?
Corporate food companies have made record profits these last few years, and they’re hoping it stays that way.

States Are Fighting to Bring Back Free School Meals
Over the last year, momentum has been building to revive the pandemic-era model of universal school food access. A new coalition is pushing the federal government to act.

People wait in line for food at the annual Thanksgiving in the Park gathering where residents of the farm worker community of Immokalee are provided with a free Thanksgiving meal. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

People wait in line for food at the annual Thanksgiving in the Park gathering where residents of the farm worker community of Immokalee are provided with a free Thanksgiving meal. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images

The Struggle for Food Sovereignty in Immokalee, Florida
The majority of migrant farmworkers live below the federal poverty line, without easy access to healthy foods or affordable housing. To survive, many in this tight-knit community have found strategies for mutual aid and collaborative resilience.

How Benefit Cuts May Create a ‘Perfect Storm’ for Food Insecurity
Hunger advocates and researchers believe the end to emergency allotments—coupled with revised work requirements for SNAP—will pressure food banks, hurt public health, impact kids, and revive old prejudices.





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