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Food security and food access for People of Color and Hispanic/Latinx households in Maryland during the first four months of the COVID-19 pandemic

May 01, 2021
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Brianna Bradley, Kaitlyn Harper, Joelle Robinson, Erin Biehl, Roni Neff


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This brief describes the experiences and perspectives of food insecurity for BIPOC (Black Indigenous and People of Color) and Hispanic including Latinx households in Maryland during the first four months of the pandemic. Many disparities were magnified during the pandemic, and this brief covers the racial disparities in food access and food insecurity. Food insecurity was measured in 903 households using the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) 6-item tool, in which respondents who say “yes” to two or more of the six questions are categorized as experiencing food insecurity. In this brief, households are grouped into three categories:

  • Households with food security at the time of the survey, regardless of prior food insecurity status;
  • Households with persistent food insecurity, both in the year before and since the pandemic began;
  • Households with new food insecurity, classified as food secure in the year before the pandemic, but having food insecurity after the pandemic’s start.