The Chicago Tribune has published an important and timely editorial, by the University of Chicago’s Monica Peek, which concerns the difficulties of living with food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic. An excerpt:

“Given the challenges of living with chronic diseases like diabetes, especially among vulnerable populations, it’s easy to see how an additional factor, like the novel coronavirus, can be the tipping point to cause a rapid and destructive cascade that affects the health of people and communities already living at the margins.

“A person with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits cannot order food online and may risk infection exposure by taking public transportation to the grocery store.

“A low-wage worker without sick leave cannot afford a loss in wages and may continue working, amplifying risk to themselves and others.

“COVID-19 already has tested Chicago’s social safety net and the surge is not yet fully upon us. In my lifetime, there has never been a more urgent need for individual and collective acts of sustained sacrifice, humanity and giving.”

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