The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic led to disruptions in the food supply and high rates of unemployment and under-employment, both in Arizona and nationally. These emergencies required food assistance programs to adapt quickly and in unprecedented ways by relaxing eligibility criteria, improvising on delivery modalities, and increasing benefits. To examine food assistance program participation during the pandemic, we collected data from a representative sample of 620 Arizona households. The sample was drawn from across Arizona in July-August 2020 using an online survey. This brief provides the summary for participation in key food assistance programs, namely, the Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Special Supplemental Program for Women Infants and Children (WIC), School Food Programs, and the emergency food assistance provided through food pantries.
- Food Assistance Program Participation among Arizona Households during the COVID-19 Pandemic
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Martinelli S, Acciai F, Yellow Horse AJ, Josephson A, Ohri-Vachaspati P. “Food Assistance Program Participation among Arizona Households during the COVID-19 Pandemic.” College of Health Solutions, Arizona State University, November 2020.