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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.

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NFACT was founded to bring together existing and new research efforts exploring the effect of COVID-19 on food security and systems in the United States. The NFACT collaborators are all implementing a common survey, in whole or part across 17 study sites, and data will be aggregated for large scale analyses.  NFACT was also founded on three core principles: 1) Engage with stakeholders from the beginning, 2)Make the work open access to facilitate collaboration, and 3) Prioritize public communication outputs (e.g. policy briefs) to help contribute to ongoing policy and decision-making. NFACT is led by Dr. Meredith Niles at The University of Vermont and governed by an executive team.

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Latest Policy Briefs

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

Latest Publications


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


Food Security and Food Assistance in the Wake of COVID-19: A 4th Survey of Washington State Households


A 2022 Assessment of Food Security and Health Outcomes during the COVID-19 Pandemic


A 2022 Assessment of Food Security and Health Outcomes during the COVID-19 Pandemic


The Fruits of Labor: Home Food Procurement and Mental Health in the Time of COVID-19


The Food Bank and Food Pantries Help Food Insecure Participants Maintain Fruit and Vegetable Intake During COVID-19


SNAP Participation Among Low-Income US Households Stays Stagnant While Food Insecurity Escalates in the Months Following the Onset of the COVID-19 Pandemic

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