Reporter Roundtable: Food Insecurity

 
Ja Nelle Pleasure relies on her garden for fresh fruits and vegetables.

Ja Nelle Pleasure relies on her garden for fresh fruits and vegetables. "Vegetables are expensive at the grocery store," she says.

Dana Cronin/Illinois Newsroom

Alongside the COVID-19 pandemic is another, worsening crisis — hunger. According to Census Bureau data from July, about a quarter of white families in the U-S are food insecure. For people of color, the problem is even worse. Nearly 40% of Black families with children, reported food insecurity. Those numbers are about double what they were pre-pandemic.

The 21st is joined by two Harvest Public Media food and agriculture reporters to talk more about how families are putting food on the table during the pandemic. 

Guests:

Dana Cronin, Food and Agriculture Reporter, Harvest Public Media, Illinois Newsroom  

Amy Mayer, Food and Agriculture Reporter, Harvest Public Media, Iowa Public Radio