Leveraging informal community food systems to address food security during COVID-19

Keywords: Community Food Systems, COVID-19, Pandemic, Food Insecurity, Informal Community Food Systems

Abstract

First paragraph:

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has dramatically reshaped the U.S. food system and how people interact with it—more specifically, how people interact with their community food environment. The food environment is the distribution of food sources within a community, including the number, type, location, and accessibility of retail food outlets (Glanz, Sallis, Saelens, & Frank, 2005). Systemic injustices shape our food system and lead to a lack of access to healthier food and beverages for low-income and communities of color (Baker, Schootman, Barnidge, & Kelly, 2006; Bower, Thorpe, Rohde, & Gaskin, 2014). These neighborhood disparities have concrete effects on health, including increasing people’s risk for obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke (Franco, Diez Roux, Glass, Caballero, & Brancati, 2008; Richardson, Boone-Heinonen, Popkin, & Gordon-Larsen, 2012). COVID-19 exacer­bates these long-standing disparities, disproportionately affecting low-income people and communities of color. Brutal structural inequalities have resulted in Black and Latinx Americans being 2.7 and 3.1, respectively, times more likely to be diagnosed with COVID-19 (Moore et al., 2020). . . .

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Author Biographies

Lindsey Haynes-Maslow, North Carolina State University

Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, Department of Agricultural and Human Sciences

Annie Hardison-Moody , North Carolina State University

Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, Department of Agricultural and Human Sciences

Carmen Byker Shanks, Montana State University

Department of Health and Human Development, Food and Health Lab

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Published
2020-10-19
How to Cite
Haynes-Maslow, L., Hardison-Moody , A., & Byker Shanks, C. (2020). Leveraging informal community food systems to address food security during COVID-19. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 10(1), 1–4. https://doi.org/10.5304/jafscd.2020.101.005
Section
Commentaries on COVID-19 and the Food System