The Impact of COVID-19 on California’s Emergency Food System
Max De Faria,
The COVID-19 pandemic has placed unprecedented demand on California’s emergency food system. As the emergency food system found innovative opportunities to respond to community needs, government programs had varying and, often times, unequal impacts across California’s many counties. This report highlights how the pandemic impacted the emergency food system at different times during the 2020 crisis as well as provides policy recommendations for all levels of government in order to address the long term impacts of COVID-19 for the emergency food system.
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Publication tags: Field Reports - COVID-19 Pandemic, Emergency Food Network
Originally from Pawtucket, Rhode Island, Max received a BA in Geography and Spanish Language and Literature with a minor in Political Science from Clark University, dedicating their studies and professional pursuits to learning about the food system and food sovereignty. As a Nutrition Education Intern with Farm Fresh RI, they taught children ages 5 to 11 the importance of a healthy diet and supported vulnerable community members in accessing additional farmers markets benefits available to SNAP recipients. They also served as a SNAP Outreach Intern with the Worcester County Food Bank, supporting community members in applying for and accessing SNAP benefits. They have also worked extensively to advocate and campaign for environmentally just policy initiatives at local and national levels.
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