For many people living in the Bronx, food insecurity is a daily issue. How to put food on the table is a daunting thought for many. More than 375,000 people in the Bronx experience food insecurity, representing 26% of the city’s total food insecure population. This issue has been worsened by the effects of the coronavirus and its impacts on job stability in the district.
Food insecurity, lack of access to healthy foods, and poor nutrition result in high utilization of health services, emergency room visits, and increased overall health care costs. Even though some services are available to support the community, a survey conducted in 2019 by Hunger Free America found that 33% of the emergency food programs in the Bronx were unable to keep up with demand.
Given the impact of COVID-19, the significant increase in unemployment in the Bronx from 5.4% to 25%, and the already pre-existing number of food insecure individuals and households, this issue needs clear focus from community leaders. More than ever, leaders need to understand the situation that our people face and apply the best practices to fix these problems. Monique Johnson has been on the ground feeding the community and understands the dire need for change. As the next Councilwoman, Monique will continue her work reducing the burden that food insecurity has on people in the 13th District.