- Judith Bartfeld and Fei Men
- October 2020
- Link to Focus-36-3c (PDF)
- Link to Focus-Plus-36-3 (PDF)
This article summarizes a study looking at how food insecurity is related to public policies and economic characteristics.
- Policies that increase access to SNAP are related to reduced risk of food insecurity, particularly among economically vulnerable households.
- More widely available school breakfast may help offset food insecurity.
- Policies outside of food assistance—including length of unemployment insurance availability, generosity of EITC and potentially higher minimum wages —are linked to food security.
- A higher unemployment rate is strongly linked to food insecurity.
- Strengthening the safety net—including both food assistance and broader programs and policies that stabilize and raise incomes for low- and moderate-income households—could help protect the well-being of vulnerable families during Covid-19 response and recovery.