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COVID-19 Pandemic Amplifies Existing Challenges For Georgia Farmers, Food Insecure Families

Snapfinger Farm in Stockbridge is one of several local farms participating in Georgia Organics' Farm To Restaurant cohort program.
Snapfinger Farm in Stockbridge is one of several local farms participating in Georgia Organics' Farm To Restaurant cohort program.
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Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, the United Nations estimated 135 million people worldwide were facing “extreme hunger.” Now, in light of the pandemic, the World Food Program believes that number could rise to around 265 million people by the end of the year.

Meanwhile, here locally, many Georgia households are already feeling the effects of this crisis, particularly those who were already food insecure. Additionally, the COVID-19 crisis also presents a challenge for many farmers and growers, who are facing difficulties selling their produce.

On Thursday’s edition of “Closer Look,” Rose Scott hosted a roundtable conversation with local nonprofit leaders on the challenges and solutions to addressing food security in Georgia during COVID-19. Guests included:

To hear the full conversation, click on the audio player above.