Alliance for Pandemic Preparedness

May 13, 2020

The Early Food Insecurity Impacts of COVID-19



  • Niles et al. conducted a statewide population-level survey to assess food insecurity in Vermont from March 29-April 12, 2020, during the beginning of a statewide stay-at-home order.  
  • Among 3,219 respondents, there was a 33% increase in household food insecurity since COVID-19, with 35.6% of food insecure households classified as newly food insecure. Respondents experiencing a job loss were more likely to experience food insecurity (OR=3.43; 95%CI 2.45-4.80). Coping strategies were significantly different between respondents in newly food insecure vs. consistently insecure households.  

Niles et al. (May 13, 2020). The Early Food Insecurity Impacts of COVID-19. Pre-print downloaded May 13 from