Food Access and Insecurity During COVID-19

Author: Amit Sharma, Ph.D. , Kimberly Impellitteri

Article Topics: food insecurity, foodservice, hunger, Pennsylvania Overview The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our lives in ways beyond what we could have imagined. The disruption of essential elements of life, such as food, water, money, and housing, has been devastating to families and communities, particularly those most vulnerable. While some of the impact on the unavailability of food, for instance, has been due to the pandemic, the inequalities that preexisted the crisis have persisted. Consequently, not everyone has been impacted equally by the inaccessibility of food; yet those who never imagined they would be impacted have found themselves food…

Food insecurity in Pennsylvania during the COVID-19 pandemic

Author: Muzi Na, Ph.D. , Emily Hohman, Ph.D. , Jennifer Savage Williams, Ph.D.

Article Topics: food insecurity, hunger, income, Pennsylvania The COVID-19 outbreak has had a detrimental impact to Pennsylvania’s economy. Governor Tom Wolf announced the state shutdown on Mar 19, 2020. In the week ending March 21, 2020, the weekly number of unemployment filings in Pennsylvania reached a record-high of 380,0001 . After a 5-week stay at home order, the state’s total of jobless has surged to over 1.6 million or 24.7% of the workforce2 . The halt of business likely has the biggest impact on less educated, lower-income, and minority workers. For example, pandemic related job loss is disproportionately higher among the low-income…