Two Years into the Pandemic, Charitable Food Remains a Key Resource for One in Six Adults: Findings from the December 2021 Well-Being and Basic Needs Survey   [open pdf - 472KB]

From the Document: "Despite federal stopgap policies and a substantial charitable food response to mitigate the effects of food insecurity during the pandemic, hunger remains a reality for many across the US struggling to make ends meet. Although charitable resources, such as food banks, were highly visible in the early months of the pandemic, they continue to be a crucial resource for families two years later. We analyze data from the December 2021 round of the Urban Institute's Well-Being and Basic Needs Survey (WBNS), a nationally representative survey of more than 8,000 adults ages 18 to 64, and compare those data to results from the December 2019 and December 2020 rounds to examine the trend in free-grocery or free-meal use. We also examine the characteristics and circumstances of people who sought charitable food during 2021, and we ask people who reported they had not used charitable food if they knew how to find these resources in their community and how comfortable they would be seeking this assistance."

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