Connectivity and Racial Equity in Responding to COVID-19 Impacts in the Chicago Regional Food System
Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development
Lyson Center for Civic Agriculture and Food Systems
The COVID-19 outbreak led to major disruptions in food systems across the globe. In the United States’ Chicago region, the outbreak created immediate concerns around increased hunger, food insecurity, supply chain disruptions, and loss of local livelihoods. This was especially evident in communities of color, which faced disproportionate impacts from the pandemic. In March 2020, the Chicago Food Policy Action Council (CFPAC) coordinated a Rapid Response Effort that convened people in working groups related to emergency food assistance, local food producers, small businesses, and food system workers to address urgent needs that arose due to the pandemic. Each working group met regularly through virtual calls. This effort has persisted throughout the pandemic in various forms. For this study, we interviewed CFPAC staff members and participants in these calls to create narratives that document respondents’ perceptions of the Rapid Response Effort’s evolution, benefits, challenges, and potential for long-term impacts.
Obach, R., Schusler, T., Vaca, P., Durkin, S., & Sheikh, M. (2023). Connectivity and racial equity in responding to COVID-19 impacts in the Chicago regional food system. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.5304/jafscd.2023.122.010
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© The Authors, 2023. Published by the Lyson Center for Civic Agriculture and Food Systems. The definitive version was published in Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development Vol 12, Iss 2.
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