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Food -- Study and teaching -- United States, Food security, Social justice, Emergency management, Disaster response and recovery, COVID-19 (Disease) -- Social aspects


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The main goal of this project was to contribute to an understanding of how frontline-serving food security organizations in the Portland region adapted during the COVID-19 pandemic and other emergencies in 2020-2022 and how they addressed increased rates of food insecurity among the region’s residents. We discuss the experiences of these organizations in serving the region’s food insecure residents, the many adaptations they made in the past few years, barriers experienced, and positive and critical reflections on local government. We identify lessons learned and promising ideas for how to better prepare our region, in terms of regional food system resilience and community food security, for the next emergency. In articulating ideas for action, we specifically focus on the roles of local and regional quasi- governmental and governmental agencies, such as the Regional Disaster Preparedness Organization (RDPO) and the City of Portland, in collaboration with other actors like the federal government, and nonprofit and community-based organizations.

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