The Role of Community Food Services in Reducing US Food Insufficiency in the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Abstract

We use state-level Census Household Pulse Survey data to examine the role of community food services such as food banks and pantries in reducing food insufficiency during the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. Food insufficiency increased for all income classes during the pandemic, and especially for the lower and middle classes. We adopt a fixed effects filtered estimator to estimate the coefficients on time-invariant regressors in a fixed effects panel model. Estimation results suggest community food services contribute to mitigating food insufficiency, especially for the middle class and in the early months of the pandemic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)580-597
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Agricultural and Resource Economics
Volume47
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Economics and Econometrics

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