This webinar will focus on the connections between food insecurity, poverty, and health, how COVID-19 has exacerbated inequities, and the role of federal nutrition programs in an equitable recovery. Historic and current inequities in the U.S. fuel an unacceptable cycle of poverty, hunger and poor health. This will continue unless a wide range of policies are enacted that prioritize equitable outcomes. 


New data from USDA and the Census show that the social safety net, including the federal nutrition programs, helped ameliorate the pandemic’s impact on hunger and poverty in 2020. In addition, new polling data from UnidosUS reveals that Latino parents have benefited from the federal programs. However, rates of hunger and poverty are still unacceptably high, and some disparities have increased.


Join FRAC, UnidosUS, and the Nutrition, Obesity and Health Equity and Food Justice Laboratory for a conversation reflecting on what we have learned during the pandemic and what our policy priorities should be to ensure an equitable, long-term recovery and an end to hunger.



Alberto Gonzales, Senior Project Manager, Health Policy, UnidosUS
Angela Odoms-Young, Ph.D., Researcher and Associate Professor, Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University
Luis Guardia, President, FRAC
Allison Lacko, Ph.D., Senior Nutrition Researcher, FRAC

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September 20, 2021 2:00 PM Eastern
1:00 PM Central, 12:00 PM Mountain, 11:00 AM Pacific
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Hunger, Poverty, and Health Disparities During COVID-19 and the Federal Nutrition Programs Role in an Equitable Recovery
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