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…