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Supporting families struggling with food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic: An innovative cross-sector collaboration
Social Work in Health Care  (IF1.602),  Pub Date : 2021-03-23, DOI: 10.1080/00981389.2021.1904318
Ashley Ann Fuss, Heath I. Bloch, Kara Dean-Assael, Marc Kutner, Meaghan E. Baier, Tara Ready, Boris Vilgorin, Lori Hannibal, Joanne Fortune, Connie Cerrato, James Nyreen


Food insecurity is an ongoing and persistent problem for many individuals and families in the United States and in New York City. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the scope of the problem and data show that food insecurity rates have increased almost three times over pre-COVID rates. In addition, with unemployment increasing daily and the closure of safety net programs and services, there became a need for creatively attending to the basic needs of individuals and families. SCO Family of Services (SCO), a large human service provider in New York City and Long Island, launched an innovative project with DoorDash during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic and successfully got food into the homes of more than 1,900 families. This article discusses the practice innovation, project impact, lessons learned, and social work implications.