Access-Related Challenges Drive Food Insufficiency in the Pandemic

Jessica A. Carson, University of New Hampshire - Main Campus
Sarah Boege


In this data snapshot, authors Jessica Carson and Sarah Boege find that trouble getting out to buy food is the main challenge for food insufficient adults in the pandemic. Using new Census Bureau data, the authors note that nearly 10 percent of adults “sometimes” or “often” did not have enough to eat in the past seven days. More than 80 percent said it was because they couldn’t get out to buy food, and more than 85 percent reported it was because they were afraid to go out. Just 15 percent of food insufficient adults said it was because they couldn’t afford to buy more food. Given that accessing food is a key driver, the authors highlight the importance of meal and grocery delivery food relief efforts in directly addressing this challenge.