Food Insecurity, Inequality and COVID-19

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Food Insecurity, Inequality and COVID-19 
Presented jointly with The World from PRX & WGBH

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated existing crises of food insecurity and health disparities. In the United States, mass protests continue to spotlight deep-seated inequities — including access to affordable, nutritious food —  faced by communities of color. Black Americans in particular have been disproportionately burdened by the pandemic. Globally, issues about potential disruptions in local food supply chains and prices have caused concern. Drawing on new U.S. Census and other data, This Forum explored public policy and actions needed to preserve access to federal nutritional assistance programs, including SNAP, WIC, and National School Lunch Programs. The panelists also discussed the impact of COVID-19 on the global food supply and nutritional quality, especially in low and middle-income countries, as well as strategies to minimize food system disruptions and ensure food access and nutrition during and after the pandemic.

 

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Presented jointly by The Forum at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and The World from PRX & WGBH

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