Increases in Food Insecurity due to COVID-19: What Can be Done?
Series: Our Food System and Food Insecurity During COVID-19: Stories from Across the State
Part four of five of our webinar series "Our Food System and Food Insecurity During COVID-19: Stories from Across the State.”
The COVID-19 pandemic has drawn extensive attention to the problem of food insecurity in the United States. Nevertheless, long before COVID-19, food insecurity has posed a grave challenge to tens of millions of Americans. In this presentation Dr. Gundersen will provide an overview of the food insecurity landscape pre-COVID-19 and how this is likely to change in the near-term. Fortunately, Dr. Gundersen then turns to a tool – the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program) – that can be leveraged to substantially reduce the magnitude and consequences of food insecurity.
Dr. van den Berg will also provide an update with current numbers on food insecurity, SNAP enrollment and changes in how low-income households are accessing food in Central Texas.
Craig Gundersen, PhD
ACES Distinguished Professor, Director of Undergrad Studies,
University of Illinois
Alexandra van den Berg, PhD, MPH
Professor of Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences,
UTHealth School of Public Health in Austin