Hunger in the Golden State: California and Food Insecurity in the Pandemic

Food security was already a high-priority issue in California prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, but in the midst of the stay-in-place orders, social distancing, economic hardships, and business closures, many more Californians are struggling to maintain their access to healthy food. In fact, analysts projected 2.1 million more Californians struggled with food insecurity in 2020, bringing the total to a staggering 6.4 million.

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Our latest whitepaper, Hunger in the Golden State: California and Food Insecurity in the Pandemic, provides an extensive view of food insecurity in California and how it’s evolved since the onset of COVID-19, including:

  • Factors contributing to California’s rising food insecurity rates during COVID-19
  • Updated guidance from CMS regarding benefit flexibility during COVID-19
  • New state-led initiatives like CalAIM and the Master Plan for Aging
  • How health plans are introducing new benefits to specifically address SDOH challenges related to COVID-19
  • Community-level collaboration to support vulnerable populations
  • Learn about why vulnerable populations are at such high risk for food insecurity
  • Read about the challenges of Social Distancing and Stay-in-Place Orders
  • See how individuals can receive CalFresh (California’s SNAP program) and unemployment benefits at the same time

For a more in-depth look, download our free whitepaper

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