Thanks to funding from the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, the Swetland Center for Environmental health faculty and affiliates were able to contribute to research Studying emergency food provisions that serve children and families in five US cities during the pandemic.
As an extension to the foodNEST 2.0 research, the Swetland team was able to make meaningful contributions to these findings. According to Dr. Darcy Freedman, Director of the Mary Ann Swetland Center for Environmental Health,
"Feeding children and families will continue to be an urgent challenge for Greater Cleveland as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Innovative and collaborative approaches that address some of the root causes of food insecurity may help families meet current food needs while building financial strength to weather these types of crises in the future.”
This study identified that the success of local responses to low-income food insecurity depended on three factors:
Adaptable Supply Chains
Addressing gaps in service to increased risk populations
You can read more about this work in the attached press release.