Objective: To understand how equity appeared in news about food assistance from 2021. Methods: We assessed a national sample of news articles (N = 298) for equity arguments and language about racial and health equity. Results: Only 28% of coverage argued that food assistance programs promote equity. Just 6% mentioned people of color or named racial disparities in food access. Discussion: Narratives that explain how food assistance programs reduce inequities could deepen their policy appeal and broaden public perceptions around recipients. Health Equity Implications: There are opportunities for news coverage to expand the discussion of how food assistance programs improve racial and health equity outcomes.
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This research was funded with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation [Grant ID: 78666].
© Hina Mahmood et al., 2023; Published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
- food assistance
- print news
- public health
- racial inequity
- safety net programs