Use of the emergency food system among food insecure, low-income households in the United States 2015 to 2020

Patrick Brady, Lisa Harnack, Rachel Widome, Kaitlyn M. Berry, Sruthi Valluri

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Abstract

The emergency food system (EFS) is a critical part of the United States’ social safety net. Using 2015–2020 Current Population Survey Food Security Supplement data, we identified trends in EFS use among food insecure, low-income households by estimating the probability of EFS use adjusting for demographics using multivariable logistic regression. From 2015 to 2019, between 31.0% and 34.4% of households received emergency food, while 42.4% did in 2020. EFS use did not increase in 2020 compared to prior years for older adults and non-metropolitan households. Targeted outreach should be used to expand the reach of this resource to underserved and marginalized populations.”.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)145-163
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition
Volume18
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2023

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
PJB is supported by Award Number T32DK083250 from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). KMB is supported by Award Number F31HD107980 from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). SV is supported by Award Number T32GM008244 from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS). Additionally, the authors gratefully acknowledge support from the Minnesota Population Center (P2C HD041023) and the use of the Integrated Public Use Microdata Series Current Population Survey (R01HD067258) both funded through grants from NICHD. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official view of the NIDDK, NICHD, NIGMS, or National Institutes of Health.

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© 2022 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

Keywords

  • Food insecurity
  • current population survey
  • emergency food
  • food assistance

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article

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