Source: KQED

Prior to the stay-at-home order, Diosmery Durán said she and her family were doing fine, supported by her husband’s handyman business. But when the pandemic hit, he lost nearly all his work overnight, and the family income disappeared. After paying the rent, utilities, cable and phone bills, there was little left.

The only thing Durán could skimp on was food.

She and her husband began getting up early to wait in the ever-increasing lines at local food pantries and schools for groceries.

Across California, 43% of all Latinx parents said they were forgoing some part of the family meal, according to new data from the Education Trust-West. Diosmery Durán is one of them.

She’s not alone: The Education Trust-West‘s statewide survey reached 600 families with children under 5 years old, painting a dire picture.