The level of hunger in U.S. households has almost tripled between 2019 and August 2020, according to an analysis of new data from the Census Bureau and the Department of Agriculture. Feeding America, the nation's largest hunger-relief organization, says more than 54 million people in the country are at risk of food insecurity and 87% of U.S. counties with the highest rates of food insecurity are considered rural communities.
Meet Tessa Jarvis, an Iowa State University grad assistant in the Meat Science department, a division of ISU’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. As part of the agriculture industry facing very different needs during the COVID-19 pandemic, she pivoted from research to hands-on help with harvesting pork and has been a part of the Pass the Pork program that has fed more than 30,000 Iowans.
Marji Alaniz, FarmHer founder, talks with Tessa about food insecurity and the Pass the Pork program that connects Iowa pig farmers with food-insecure Iowans.