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Connecting Families to Food Resources amid the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Cross-Sectional Survey of Early Care and Education Providers in Two U.S. States

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Research Triangle Institute International, 3040 East Cornwallis Road, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709, USA
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Department of Health, Behavior and Society, Johns Hopkins University, 615 North Wolfe Street, Baltimore, MD 21205, USA
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Nutrients 2021, 13(9), 3137; https://doi.org/10.3390/nu13093137
Received: 30 July 2021 / Revised: 4 September 2021 / Accepted: 7 September 2021 / Published: 9 September 2021
Early care and education (ECE) settings are important avenues for reaching young children and their families with food and nutrition resources, including through the U.S. federally funded Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). Researchers conducted a cross-sectional survey of ECE providers in two U.S. states in November 2020 to identify approaches used to connect families with food and nutrition resources amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Logistic regression models were used to estimate odds of sites reporting no approaches and adjusted Poisson models were used to estimate the incidence rate ratio of the mean number of approaches, comparing sites that participate in CACFP to those that did not. A total of 589 ECE sites provided responses. Of those, 43% (n = 255) participated in CACFP. CACFP participating sites were more likely to report using any approaches to connecting families to food resources and significantly more likely to report offering “grab and go” meals, providing meal delivery, distributing food boxes to families, and recommending community food resources than non-CACFP sites. This study suggests that CACFP sites may have greater capacity to connect families to food resources amid emergencies than non-CACFP participating sites. View Full-Text
Keywords: CACFP; COVID-19; early care and education; food program CACFP; COVID-19; early care and education; food program
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Stephens, L.; Rains, C.; Benjamin-Neelon, S.E. Connecting Families to Food Resources amid the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Cross-Sectional Survey of Early Care and Education Providers in Two U.S. States. Nutrients 2021, 13, 3137. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu13093137

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Stephens L, Rains C, Benjamin-Neelon SE. Connecting Families to Food Resources amid the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Cross-Sectional Survey of Early Care and Education Providers in Two U.S. States. Nutrients. 2021; 13(9):3137. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu13093137

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Stephens, Lacy, Caroline Rains, and Sara E. Benjamin-Neelon 2021. "Connecting Families to Food Resources amid the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Cross-Sectional Survey of Early Care and Education Providers in Two U.S. States" Nutrients 13, no. 9: 3137. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu13093137

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