Using survey data from the U.S. Census Bureau, a new New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth) report analyzes issues related to food scarcity in New York State during the initial months of the coronavirus pandemic, finding that 1 in 10 households experienced food scarcity in the prior week. Households with children were more likely to have experienced food scarcity than those without children. Food scarcity rates by age, household income, and neighboring states are included, as well as data showing stark disparities by race and ethnicity. The report also assesses how different groups of New Yorkers are accessing free meals and groceries and from which locations, including school programs and food pantries. Finally, it measures how New Yorkers have used or plan to use their federal Economic Impact Payment (known as stimulus checks) for food-related expenses.
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