The COVID-19 pandemic is taking a toll on our food system. Iowa families already struggling to provide food for their families are now scrambling for options. Local pantries are seeing double-digit spikes as schools remain closed and unemployment rises.
While many individuals and businesses are stepping up to support hunger relief, the system is overwhelmed with the surge in need. Meanwhile, we have an excess of healthy, edible food available that could meet this need if we commit to building that system.
Teenagers in jumpsuits lying on yoga mats, their eyes closed, their bodies still. This is the image Megan Hoxhalli describes as remarkable for juvenile detention, a place where youth arrive shaken, dysregulated, and scared about their future.