A Washington Post business column from this week entitled “Debt, eviction and hunger: Millions fall back into crisis as stimulus and safety nets vanish,” explores the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on those living in the margins, who are at risk of not being able to support themselves and their families in the wake of the health crisis.
According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, about 12.1% of adults in the U.S., or about 29 million residents, said that their household “sometimes or often did not have enough to eat.”
It is a concern that we see each week at Catholic Charities of Boston. Since the onset of the pandemic, our food pantries have distributed over 1 million lbs. of food to members of our communities, and calls for other basic needs services, including shelter, rent and utility assistance, continue to rise.
The article goes on to say that if the unemployment rate in the United States stays around 10% and no new stimulus is delivered, “we can expect poverty rates to rise and climb higher than those observed in the Great Recession.”
As poverty rates increase, the demand on our services at CCAB will continue to increase. We need your help now more than ever to enable us to continue rising to increased demand. To make a donation to support our vital basic needs services, please click the button below.
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