Food Insecurity and Economic Conditions During the Great Recession and COVID-19 Crisis

Join the New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute and guest speakers from the New Hampshire Food Bank and New Hampshire Hunger Solutions on February 3 as we discuss food insecurity in the Granite State. Understanding the trends in food insecurity following the last recession, combined with research regarding the effectiveness of safety net programs, provides a useful basis for understanding the needs of individuals and families impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The pandemic has resulted in profound challenges for many, and sustained support will be needed to help ensure those effected are able to make ends meet.

This online presentation, Food Insecurity and Economic Conditions During the Great Recession and COVID-19 Crisis, was held on Wednesday, February 3, from 10:00am to 11:30am.

Overview

NHFPI will present an overview of the research and analysis compiled in its recent Issue Brief, Food Insecurity and Economic Conditions in New Hampshire. This presentation will provide a foundational understanding of the challenges of food insecurity generally. It will also identify groups of people and geographies that may face higher levels of food insecurity, show data indicating that estimated levels of food insecurity in New Hampshire remained elevated for longer than in the nation as a whole during the recovery from the Great Recession, and emphasize the importance of nutritional assistance and other safety net programs. Additionally, NHFPI will present the latest data providing insights into the COVID-19 crisis’s impacts on Granite Staters to help describe the challenges facing individuals and families, laying the foundation for further discussions with the New Hampshire Food Bank and New Hampshire Hunger Solutions.

The New Hampshire Food Bank will provide insights into the levels of need experienced on the ground, the individuals and families experiencing challenges, and the unprecedented response the New Hampshire Food Bank launched to respond to the impacts created by the pandemic’s toll on economic stability and food security of Granite Staters.

New Hampshire Hunger Solutions will discuss what is known about federal and state programs to address food insecurity and what might be done to more effectively help those in need.

Presenters

Michael Polizzotti
Policy Analyst, New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute

Eileen Liponis
Executive Director, New Hampshire Food Bank

Laura Milliken
Executive Director, New Hampshire Hunger Solutions

Resources

Food Insecurity and Economic Conditions During the Great Recession and COVID-19 Crisis was held virtually over Zoom on Wednesday, February 3, from 10:00am to 11:30am.

The slides from this event are available to download on NHFPI’s Presentations page; click here to access them directly.

A short report providing a summary of NHFPI’s research presented at this event is available by clicking here.

 

 

Funding provided by the New Hampshire Children’s Health Foundation.