Transforming Health Care Through Evidence and Collaboration
Transforming Health Care Through Evidence and Collaboration

Food Insecurity & Growing Concerns During COVID-19

May 11, 2020 | 02:00 PM
03:00 PM ET

Webinar Transcript

Food Insecurity infographic 2020Prior to COVID-19, it was estimated that 1 in 9 Americans were food insecure and lacked consistent access to enough food and nutritious options, including 11 million children. Food insecurity, while tied to poverty, is also impacted by other confounding social determinants of health, including access to transportation, housing and social isolation. As Americans practice social distancing and quarantine, many are faced with new challenges accessing and affording food. 

This webinar brought together experts to provide insights on the longstanding issues surrounding food insecurity in the United States and how these issues have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Speakers discussed: 

  • The evolution of food insecurity in the US and how it impacts many vulnerable communities
  • How a national hunger relief organization is responding to the crisis and building partnerships to help communities secure the resources they need
  • A health plan’s commitment to addressing food insecurity and how they are responding to the needs of their community


Daphne Hernandez
University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston
Gita Rampersad
Feeding America
Rebecca Pittillo
Blue and You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas

Presentation Slides

“The Evolution of Food Insecurity & Its Impact on Communities” - Daphne Hernandez
"Food Security and COVID-19" - Gita Rampersad
“Food Insecurity, COVID-19 and the Community” - Rebecca Pittillo