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Examining food access and food security during COVID-19


The National Food Access and COVID research Team (NFACT) is a collaboration of researchers across 15 states exploring the impact of COVID-19 on food access, food security and food systems. NFACT research is examining these impacts across local, state, regional and national levels and is integrating data to explore outcomes and impacts across scales. NFACT is committed to rigorous, comparative, and timely food access research during the time of COVID. We do this through collaborative, open access platforms and research that prioritizes communication to key decision-makers while building our scientific understanding of food system behaviors and policies.

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We invite collaborators of interest to contact us to learn more or join our team.

NFACT was founded by researchers from The University of Vermont, Johns Hopkins University, Arizona State University and University of Arizona, who encompass the executive team.  NFACT is led by Dr. Meredith Niles at the University of Vermont. This team developed a survey, which forms the basis of NFACT’s initial research. NFACT collaborators are implementing the survey in whole or part across 17 study sites, and data will be aggregated for large scale analyses.

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Latest Policy Briefs

August, 2020


Below are the latest releases of NFACT policy briefs as part of our ongoing effort to simultaneously perform rigorous research and inform policymakers.

COVID-19 and Food Insecurity Impacts: A Follow Up Vermont Study

Food and Job Insecurity in Vermont During COVID-19 Infographic


July, 2020

Below are the latest releases of NFACT publications and pre-print publications.

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