Perspectives from the front line

The post-pandemic emergency food system in North Carolina

  • Amanda S. Hege Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina
  • Nikki McCormick Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina
  • Peggy Robinson Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina
  • Kina M. Charles Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina
  • Jan Jones Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina
  • Eric Aft Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina
Keywords: Emergency Food, Food Systems, Food Insecurity, Hunger, Food Providers, COVID-19, Pandemic

Abstract

The novel coronavirus pandemic has had an immediate effect on food and nutrition security, leading to the most widespread increase in need for food assistance in modern history. At its onset, the pandemic led to emergency food providers experiencing the “perfect storm”: surges in demand, declines and changes in types of food donations, limits in the food supply chain, and fewer available volunteers. This policy and practice brief provides perspectives from emergency food providers in North Carolina on their pandemic response along with recommendations for policy and practice applications to promote food security. As the pandemic continues, it is urgent for policymakers, organizations, community members, and other food system stakeholders to encourage collaboration across food system sectors, provide adequate funding for all aspects of distributing healthy foods, promote a continuation of program and policy flexibilities for nutrition programs, and support community-based models that engage a diverse group of organizations and leaders. 

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Author Biographies

Amanda S. Hege, Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina

MPH, RDN, FAND; Nutrition Educator

Nikki McCormick, Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina

MSW, MCP; Vice President Partnerships & Impact

Peggy Robinson, Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina

Director Agency Services

Kina M. Charles, Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina

MS, RDN, LDN; Director Nutrition Services

Jan Jones, Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina

Regional Partnership Manager

Eric Aft, Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina

Chief Executive Officer

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Published
2021-02-11
How to Cite
Hege, A., McCormick, N., Robinson, P., Charles, K., Jones, J., & Aft, E. (2021). Perspectives from the front line: The post-pandemic emergency food system in North Carolina. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 10(2), 241–245. https://doi.org/10.5304/jafscd.2021.102.018
Section
Commentaries on COVID-19 and the Food System