COVID-19 Support Food Access and Security During Coronavirus: A Vermont Study General Overview Brief
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has affected people across the globe, disrupting food access and security. To understand how food systems and security are impacted, an online survey was launched for two weeks in Vermont beginning March 29th (less than a week after the order to “Stay home, stay safe”) through Front Porch Forum, social media ads, media coverage, and community partners. A total of 3,251 Vermonters responded. This brief provides a summary of their responses, including reported food security, perceived impacts, concerns related to food access, and food behaviors. For detailed information on the respondents experiencing food insecurity or who experienced a job disruption, please see the separate briefs dedicated to those topics.
Best practices and tips for implementing health and safety measures. The Governor’s Executive Order 01-20, as amended, include restrictions that apply to food and lodging establishments during the COVID-19 emergency. ACCD has developed a business FAQ for how the Executive Order applies.
FoodFinder is a safe, secure and award-winning mobile and web app that gives food insecure children and their families a way to find free food assistance programs quickly.
It is more important than ever to keep your funding partners in the loop on the impacts of the current health/economic crisis on your business, and to engage them in solutions if possible. Following are tips and templated statements to let them know how you’re managing and where they can help.
USDA and its Federal partners have programs that can be used to provide immediate and long-term assistance to rural communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. This resource matrix organizes funding opportunities identified in the CARES Act and other federal resources that can help support rural America. Opportunities are categorized by customer and assistance type.
COVID-19-related guidance and resources from the Vermont Attorney General’s Office, including scams to be aware of and guidance on enforcement in Vermont.
Since its inception, Spanx and The Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation have been dedicated to elevating and supporting women through entrepreneurship. Knowing the ripple effect that empowering women can have to strengthen neighborhoods, cities and countries, The Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation donated $5 million to support female entrepreneurs in the wake of COVID-19 and teamed up with GlobalGiving to establish The Red Backpack Fund. GlobalGiving will be overseeing the fund, making 1,000 grants of $5,000 each to female entrepreneurs in the U.S. to help alleviate the immediate needs and support the long-term recovery of those impacted by this crisis.
WIC has temporarily expanded our food list to add options for some hard to find items. They will continue to work with stores to ensure WIC infant formula is available. Please check at customer service if you are unable to find WIC formula on the shelves.
With thousands losing jobs across Vermont, and state food shelves inundated with people to feed, ShiftMeals provides nourishing meals for those in need. We serve anyone and everyone who needs a meal: laid-off restaurant workers, musicians, artists, gig workers, farmers, anyone affected by this crisis. You might not have the cash, you might not have access to the store, it doesn’t matter, if you need help, we’re here for you.