Research & Practice

Federal Emergency Food Responses to COVID-19

The public health emergency of COVID-19 increased hunger (1). From 2019 to 2020 household food insecurity rose from 10.5% to 11.8% adding an additional three million people. Food insecurity was experienced to a greater extent among families with children (from 13.6% – 14.8%) and ethnic and racial disparities with Black households reporting food insecurity of 21.7% in 2020 versus 7.1% in White households (1). This brief summarizes the new authorities and budget allocations to Food and
Nutrition Service Programs that provided Emergency Food Responses to COVID-19. For each program this brief will introduce the program, outline aspects of the program that have changed in response to COVID-19, and where possible provide research if the policies have improved food or economic security.

This project was completed as part of NUTR 596: Nutrition Practice Capstone.

Materials Available

Project Type(s): Master's Capstone

Author(s): Beth Faw

Program(s): Master of Public Health, RDN Training

Year: 2021