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University of Maine Cooperative Extension; the National Food Access and COVID Research Team

Publication Date

Fall 10-2021

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Orono, Maine

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We investigated the food-security status and use of food assistance programs and food pantries of Maine adults before COVID-19 (prior to March 2020) and during COVID-19 (August to September 2020). Data were collected through an online survey administered to 618 Maine adults aged 18 years and older between August and September 2020. The survey was part of a larger study to assess food security, access, and food systems during COVID-19. We found that COVID-19 has increased the incidence of food security for survey respondents of all ages, but younger respondents (18 to 34 years) were the most likely age group to skip meals, eat less, or go hungry when food was scarce.

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