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U.S. Food Insecurity in the Pandemic

Jillian Ouellette & Maria Boyle, M.S., R.D.

White Paper

October 6, 2020

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.