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The Effect of COVID-19 on Food Insecurity in the United States

The COVID-19 pandemic and the societal changes it has prompted in the United States are profoundly and quickly changing American life. This survey research study we will field an online survey to measure the effect of the COVID-19 outbreak on food insecurity in the United States. Wave one of the survey of low-income adults (which began data collection on March 19, 2020) measures concerns about COVID-19, how the outbreak is effecting employment and income, childcare, and food access. The survey also will ask about receipt of government benefits such as SNAP, WIC and TANF, and free and reduced price school meals, and it will measure anxiety, depression, stress, and food insecurity. The second wave of the survey (anticipated to be fielded in June 2020) also will measure anxiety, depression, stress and food insecurity, low-income adults’ experience with the COVID-19 pandemic, the associated government
measures to contain it, and the government policies to support people/businesses
affected by COVID-19.

Julia Wolfson, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Cindy Leung, U-M School of Public Health