It is clear that women are particularly impacted by the COVID-19 crisis — not only because the “feminization of poverty” is a persistent reality, but also because women dominate the ranks of essential workers in this country. Even before the pandemic, households headed by single mothers often faced heightened barriers to food security and economic stability due to a variety of longstanding issues ranging from employment discrimination to caregiving responsibilities to long-term effects of the wage gap. We are committed to addressing the many circumstances and systemic challenges that contribute to hunger among single mothers.
More than 80%
of single parents in the U.S. are women.
of single mothers struggle with hunger.
of female-headed families with children live in poverty, compared to 16% of male-headed households and 6% of married-couple families.
The unemployment rate for single mothers. It more than tripled in the first 3 months of the COVID-19 crisis (from 4.1% to 15.9%).
"I make sure that my son eats and then I worry about myself. That’s just what a parent does. I take him to a lunch program to make sure he’s getting food."
Urge Congress: Advance Solutions for Single Mothers Facing Hunger
Congress must improve access to vital nutrition benefits for single mothers and address the many circumstances and systemic challenges that contribute to hunger.
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Ms. Magazine Blog: Unanswered Questions, Obvious Answers: Hunger in the Age of COVID
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Ms. Magazine Blog Post: Coronavirus, Women and Hunger—An Overlooked Intersection
The reality is that women struggle with food insecurity for a variety of reasons. Our lives are laced with complex intersections, and it would be myopic to suggest that the only answer to help women and their children thrive is to shore up the nutrition safety net. We must also address the various circumstances and systemic challenges that push millions of low-income women to need the safety net in the first place. Read More