Impact of COVID-19 on Food Insecurity in Los Angeles County: April to May 2020   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Introduction: "The COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic has created a crisis in the U.S. food system, with mounting evidence of widespread food insecurity. Food insecurity refers to disruptions in food access and regular eating because of limited money or other resources. Food insecurity consistently leads to negative health outcomes: For children it has been linked to higher risk for asthma, mental health issues and worse overall health; for adults it is associated with obesity, diabetes, hypertension, depression and poor sleep (Dhurandhar, 2016; Gundersen & Ziliak, 2015). Challenges in accessing sufficient food during the pandemic are likely occurring for a number of reasons. Safe-at-home orders, social distancing, and the closure of businesses, schools and community organizations are critical to arrest the spread of the virus. However, these policies are also making it difficult for some people to get food as they lose jobs and incomes, lose access to school meals, and struggle to acquire food if food outlets are closed or not fully stocked. Other sources of 'informal' food assistance may also be cut off as people lose contact with family and friends, places of worship, or community centers during the pandemic."

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