The expansion of food programs during the pandemic appears to have helped address the sudden jump in hunger as the coronavirus caused shutdowns and economic crises nationwide, and that appears to be driving the conversation around the benefits in a new direction.

But some of those programs could soon expire despite having demonstrated their ability to combat hunger, especially among children, according to food security advocates.

“Hunger is a solvable problem,” said Lisa Davis, the senior vice president of the No Kid Hungry Campaign of Share Our Strength, a nonprofit anti-hunger organization. “So right now, as we’re all seeing some light at the end of the tunnel, it’s time for us to be bold and build on what we’ve learned during the pandemic, especially as we bridge out of crisis and into recovery and rebuilding.”

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