Enough to Eat: The Impact of COVID-19 on Food Insecurity and the Food Environment in L. A. County April 2020 -September 2021   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Introduction: "The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020 posed unique and significant challenges for urban areas. The high concentrations of economic activity and population density made these regions hotspots for infections. With nearly 10 million residents accounting for 27% of California's population, Los Angeles County was no exception. [...] 'Food insecurity' refers to disruptions in food access and regular eating because of limited money or other resources. Although food insecurity often results in hunger, it is also linked to a host of negative physical and mental health outcomes for children and adults, including poor nutrition, problems with mental health, cognition, and sleep, and greater risk for diet-related diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and hypertension. [...] '[T]his final report summarizes the current state of food insecurity in L.A. County'. We find that rates of food insecurity have declined since the onset of the pandemic, but 1 in 10 households remained food insecure in the first half of 2021. This report also 'describes access to food outlets and food assistance during the pandemic, and variability and vulnerability in food access', using innovative data and analytics to understand the complexity of the L.A. County food environment. We conclude with recommendations based on this analysis and our 16 months of research."

University of Southern California. Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences; Keck School of Medicine; Los Angeles County; findhelp.org; Yelp
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