The economic challenges accompanying the COVID-19 pandemic compound a pre-existing food insecurity crisis in the U.S. The pandemic reversed the trend of declining U.S. food insecurity rates in recent years, which now have reached unprecedented levels and widened racial disparities in who is more likely to be food insecure. This paper described the five main U.S. Department of Agriculture nutrition assistance programs and their COVID-19 pandemic adjustments. The paper concludes with themes for research that could have implications for programs in the future.
Take a listen to our Keeping America Fed podcast miniseries. In each episode, we talk with food security experts about how COVID-19 has exacerbated a myriad of issues for the millions of Americans who struggle daily with food security, and discuss ways stakeholders can work with them to forge a better way forward at the local, state, and federal level: