Economic shocks such as the pandemic can fuel an increase in food insecurity and food insufficiency. Roughly 1 in 10 households in 2018 and 2019 experienced food insecurity while 1 in 5 households have between the end of March and early April 2020. This white paper highlights key programs in the food assistance framework and notes the need for more research on how food assistance can stimulate the economy. Abt will continue to identify best practices and models to address food insecurity.
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: