U.S. Nutrition Assistance Program Responses to COVID-19

Charlotte Ambrozek and Timothy Beatty

from ARE Update Vol. 23, No. 5, May/Jun, 2020 Special Issue: Implications of the Coronavirus Pandemic on California Food, Agriculture, and the Environment

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We review the three largest nutrition assistance programs in the United States—SNAP, NSLP,
and WIC— and discuss how these programs can help address the food security challenge
posed by the COVID-19 crisis. We will also provide a summary of policy changes made to
date in these programs, and a snapshot of where policy may be headed. We conclude with some considerations for policymakers on effective policy changes particular for this situation.


Safety Net, SNAP, Food Security


Charlotte Ambrozek and Timothy Beatty. 2020. "U.S. Nutrition Assistance Program Responses to COVID-19." ARE Update 23(5): 5-8. University of California Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics.