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Tracking Food Insecurity in Los Angeles County

In partnership with the L.A. County Emergency Food Security Branch, Public Exchange convened a team of researchers to explore disruptions in food access and eating patterns during the COVID-19 pandemic. The cross-disciplinary team utilized data sourced from private partners including Yelp and findhelp.org, as well as the USC Understanding Coronavirus in America Study. Analysis found that an exceptionally high rate of households in L.A. County faced food insecurity, with as many as 1 in 3 households facing food insecurity in 2020. One in 10 households still face food insecurity challenges as of June 2021.

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