Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted many disparities globally. In the United States, the pandemic has drawn attention to key social issues, including those related to the national food system. With unemployment rates rising exponentially, Americans have seen drastic changes within the grocery store, with limited supplies and increased prices resulting in higher levels of food insecurity. These changes mostly affect populations who may already be at an increased risk of contracting COVID-19 or may be financially unstable. While food banks are working tirelessly to assist individuals and families, there is an urgent need for systemic change to ensure that these vulnerable groups are protected, especially in the aftermath of the pandemic.

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