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Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis: Policies to Build Food Security

Join Sarah Rosen Wartell, president of the Urban Institute, for the next installment in Urban’s conversation series, Evidence to Action. During this virtual event, Elaine Waxman, senior fellow at the Urban Institute, and Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, chief executive officer of Feeding America, will join Wartell to discuss food insecurity during the pandemic and what policymakers and practitioners can do to ensure everyone has access to sufficient food—both now and as we begin recovering from the crisis.

Since the COVID-19 crisis began, more than one in five US adults have experienced food insecurity. With unemployment rising, these numbers are likely to increase. Exploring the data behind this rising tide, Waxman will share findings from Urban’s nationally representative survey on COVID-19 impacts, including food insecurity during the pandemic, and Babineaux-Fontenot will discuss the pandemic’s dramatic impact on food insecurity, as well as Feeding America’s forthcoming tool for predicting county-level food needs. The conversation will highlight the tools policymakers and practitioners have to address these needs, what has worked in previous food crises, and how policymakers can prepare for an extended recovery period, during which food insecurity will remain an issue.

Urban is bringing evidence-based insights to this crisis, focusing on solutions that advance equity and upward mobility. Each week, Urban experts will speak with changemakers from the government, philanthropic, and private sectors about the knowledge they need to help us respond to the crisis, recover, and become more resilient.

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The Evidence to Action conversation series elevates the voices of leaders and changemakers responding to, recovering from, and building resilience during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. The Urban Institute was built for this moment. We answer tough questions with unbiased, rigorous research and evidence-based solutions. For 50 years, we have studied what it takes to strengthen social safety net programs, dismantle structural racism, protect workers and families, and build community resilience. Using advanced analytics, data science, technology, and decades of expertise, we equip changemakers with the facts and insights they need to accelerate solutions.


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Date & Time Friday, May 29, 2020

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