The Pandemic's Impact on Nutrition Assistance Programs
Updated: May 20
COVID-19 and its impact on the economy created a significant increase in the number of people requesting nutrition benefits in the United States as well as a host of challenges for people enrolling in benefits and the organizations that serve them. In many cases, people needing assistance could no longer visit sites that provide assistance, and those working to provide assistance had to work remotely. While this presented challenges, organizations working to reach people needing application assistance also came up with many creative solutions and new ways of working that they hope to carry forward.
Findings from a recent survey provided deeper insight into the impact of the pandemic on these organizations and the people they serve. Survey responses highlighted challenges people experienced in trying to access benefits, ways organizations expanded to reach new populations, new methods and partnership approaches organizations implemented, and successes they’ve had.
View the findings in the report below.
This report had contributions from: Keith Barnes, Benefits Data Trust; Rachel Born, RWJBarnabas Health; Eric Calloway, Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition; Kelly Goodall, Feeding America; Joseph Llobrera, Center for Budget and Policy Priorities; Madeline Moritsch, Alliance for a Healthier Generation