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History of NFACT

The National Food Access and COVID research Team (NFACT) was founded as a collaboration of researchers across 16 states exploring the impact of COVID-19 on food access, food security and food systems. Since March of 2020, NFACT research has examined these impacts across local, state, regional and national levels and integrated data to explore outcomes and impacts across scales. 


NFACT has been committed to rigorous, comparative, and timely food access research during the time of COVID. This is accomplished 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.


As we transition out of the pandemic, some of our study sites are continuing to examine the long-term food security and health outcomes of the pandemic. 

NFACT was led by Dr. Meredith Niles at the University of Vermont, and governed by an executive team made up of researchers from University of Vermont, Johns Hopkins, Arizona State University and University of Arizona. In total, NFACT collaborators have worked in 20 study sites across the United States.

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