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Exploring Options for the Committee on World Food Security in the wake of the 2021 Food Systems Summit

How can the Committee on World Food Security support outcomes of the 2021 Food Systems Summit?

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How Has Covid-19 Impacted Food Systems?

How did food banks and food pantries cope with the COVID-19 pandemic impact on food insecurity in the US?

Report cover - COVID impact on Hunger Relief OrganizationsRESEARCH HIGHLIGHT

We conducted a study, in partnership with WhyHunger.org, to explore the experiences of private, charitable non-profit hunger relief organizations who were on the front lines of food assistance, ensuring people who were in need got access to food during the most worrisome months of the pandemic. This research sampled the experiences and activities of these HROs across the U.S. from June through September 2020. Read more.

How has COVID-19 Impacted Restaurants in Durham, NC

Impact of COVID-19 on Restaurants in Durham, NCRESEARCH HIGHLIGHT

This study documents the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic-related government restrictions on the Durham, North Carolina restaurant industry by late summer of 2020. Sixty-four restaurant businesses in Durham, North Carolina participated in the survey between June-September 2020. Participating restaurants were mainly locally-owned businesses. The survey captured the type of restaurants, the impact of COVID-19 on sales, employees, supply chains, support needed by the restaurant industry; and additional commentary in order to give space to elaborate. Read more.

SPECIAL COVID Podcast Series

COVID Podcast Series

Listen to inspiring podcasts with farmers, hunger relief organizations, school districts, states, antii-hunger advocates and more. Learn how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the food system.

Food Purchase Behavior and Food Values During the COVID-19 Pandemic

RESEARCH HIGHLIGHT

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The COVID-19 pandemic has altered conceptions of “normal” globally, including food purchasing and acquisition decisions. In this paper, we surveyed a panel of 1,370 U.S. households four times during the COVID-19 pandemic from mid-March to late April 2020. With this unique panel, we observe changes in food expenditures, shopping behaviors, and food values as the pandemic evolved. Our results reveal reductions in food-away-from-home expenditures and increases in online grocery shopping. Food values appear to be fairly stable in the early stages of the pandemic; however, decreases in the importance of price and nutrition reveal tradeoffs households make during the pandemic. Read more.

Podcast on micropantriesUnderstanding micro-pantries as an Emergency Food Source During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Micro-pantries are community-supported, small, "lending library" type structures in neighborhoods. In collaboration with the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, we looked at why and how people used these resources to help navigate moments of food insecurity during the pandemic. People appreciated the anonymity and ability to choose what they wanted. Learn more: research paper, infographic, podcast

 

 

Latest Papers

Is it more convenient to waste? Trade-offs between grocery shopping and waste behaviors

Ellison, B., Fan, L., & Wilson, N. L. W. (2022). Is it more convenient to waste? trade-offs between grocery shopping and waste behaviors. Agricultural Economics, 00, 1– 15. https://doi.org/10.1111/agec.12720

Visualizing the food landscape of Durham, North Carolina

Joseph L. Graves III, Gizem Templeton, Lauren Davis, Seong-Tae Kim. Visualizing the food landscape of Durham, North Carolina. Stat, Volume 10, Issue 1, December 2021, e347.

What food waste solutions do people support?

Linlin Fan, Brenna Ellison, Norbert L.W. Wilson; What Food Waste Solutions do People Support?; Journal of Cleaner Production 3030 (2022) 129907. https//doi.org/10.1016/j.clepro.2021.129907

Understanding Micro-pantries as an Emergency Food Source During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Norbert L W Wilson, Larissa Calancie, Janna Adkins, Sara C Folta, Understanding Micro-pantries as an Emergency Food Source During the COVID-19 Pandemic, J Nutr Educ Behav. 2022 Apr;54(4):299-310. doi: 10.1016/j.jneb.2021.11.002. Epub 2022 Jan 14.

Putting grocery food taxes on the table: Evidence for food security policy-makers

Yuqing Zheng, Jianqiang (Jason) Zhao, Steven Buck, Shaheer Burney, Harry M. Kaiser, Norbert L. Wilson. Putting grocery food taxes on the table: Evidence for food security policy-makers. Food Policy 101 (2021) 102098

Recognize fish as food in policy discourse and development funding

Bennett, A., Basurto, X., Virdin, J. et al. Recognize fish as food in policy discourse and development funding. Ambio50, 981–989 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s13280-020-01451-4