Transcript for Families fighting hunger during the pandemic
We are back th the growing emotional toll for millions of Americans as the holidays approach. So many more children sadly going to bed hungry. Food banks doing their best, but congress at a standstill. Kyra Phillips with the candid and moving conversation with families who are needing some help and praying for a miracle. Reporter: This is no ordinary walk to , because you won't see Shauna gray's three or how she usually gets them dressed, packs their backpacks and packs their lunch. Because in this pandemic, there is no school. And there is no lunch unless she makes this walk, a 90-minute journey one way. For my children, it's all worth it and I wouldn't change. A thing. Reporter: For free lunch, which means dinner, too. It's a time Shauna never imagined would get this bad. Is there a night you and our husband go without food just to make sure the kids have food? Most of the time. We will make sure they have had their portiomaybe another portion, and me and dad have kind of gotten to the point now that we eat maybe once a day. Reporter: Meet the family, three kids with special needs. Both of them lost their jobs when restaurants were forced to close. Shauna, what is the hardest part of your day at this point? My son starting paying on himself. We had worked so hard to get himself to go to the bathroom, which is a task when you have a child that's nonverbal. He goes to the bathroom, but at night he will pee his bed because he's scared something's going to run across his feet. Reporter: Worried, anxious, but grateful because they are one of every six families getting food from a food bank. Hispanic and black families hit the hardest. Let me ask you guys this -- what are your favorite foods you get from school? We got cheese sticks and some baloney, hot dogs. Reporter: That sounds delicious. Are you grateful for the food? Mm-hmm. I like it. Reporter: Grateful hearts. Fueled by an unprecedented paemic pace of pantry production. This is the capital ood bank, and this is what's happening seven days a week, 18 hours a day. Here we are in our nation's capital. Give it to me straight --ery day, how many kids are going hungry? We have over 200,000 kids who are going hungry every day, and that's a 60% increase just in these last few months of the pandemic. Reporter: She says capital area food bank has gone from serving 30 million meals to 50 million. You have purchased five to seven times more food in tme. That's right, from canned tuna to peanut butter. To rice to cereal in the dry area, and produce.40% of everything we provide to our neighbors in need is produce. Reporter: Food that right now is an eternal blessing. We thank you for this day, lord god. Reporter: Every day, lines around the corner at every local food bank in the nation's capital. Amen. Reporter: Rain or shine. I'm a single parent, just trying to provide for my family right now. I'm not working. Reporter: The number of hungry Americans tripling in just one year. Did you ever think it would get to this point where you had to go to a food bank? No, I never did think that would ever . Reporter: Amanda Scott didn't see this coming either. A grilled cheese dinner is a gift. Has there ever been a night where you're worried about where the next meal is going T come Yes, I do. You know, I do and I try to figure out what my next step I will have to do to make sure he's okay. Reporter: He is is her grandson, Kamari. He has asthma and pots. Amanda has a lung condition, making masks for extra money and depending on the food bank is their survival right now. Who keeps you strong? Mostly her. Reporter: As is the theme throughout the story, that no matter how hard this time is, there is also a lot of love, feeding souls, too. What keeps you going, Shauna? My faith, my optimism. Because I know I have had a lot of bad things come, but I have had a lot good. You know, those three little children out there are my good. And just to see a smile on their face, no matter what I go through that's bad, they're worth it. They're worth it. Boy, that is a strong woman. A lot of moms, a lot of families. But no matter what I go through bad, there's a lot of good. Beautiful thing to remember, but also beautiful to help and give during these Stay with us on "Gma3." We have another dimension of
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