The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on food insecurity

  • Maha Almohamad The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health
  • Dania Mofleh The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health
  • Shreela Sharma The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health
Keywords: Review, Food Insecurity, Food System, Nonprofit, COVID-19, Pandemic, Public Health

Abstract

This research commentary reviews the current impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on food insecurity. We explore the impact of the pandemic on existing programs and evaluate how these programs adapted under these unprecedented circumstances. Moreover, we explore currently undertaken, favorable strategies for successfully addressing food insecurity during the pandemic. These initiatives include a nonprofit-retail industry partnership and programmatic strategies implemented by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). In an effort to bring awareness to addressing this important public health issue, we note the need to document these strategies and determine the most effective solutions to combat food insecurity in a vulnerable population.

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Author Biographies

Maha Almohamad, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health

MS, Doctoral Student, Department of Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Sciences

Dania Mofleh, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health

MBBCh, MPH, CPH, Doctoral Student, Department of Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Sciences

Shreela Sharma, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health

PhD, RDN, LD, Professor of Epidemiology, Department of Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Sciences

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Published
2020-12-11
How to Cite
Almohamad, M., Mofleh, D., & Sharma, S. (2020). The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on food insecurity. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 10(1), 261–264. https://doi.org/10.5304/jafscd.2020.101.030
Section
Commentaries on COVID-19 and the Food System