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SciLine Media Briefing: Childhood hunger before and after COVID

Food insecurity—a disruption in food access due to lack of resources—as much as doubled in the United States as result of COVID-19. But even prior to the pandemic, more than 10% of U.S. households suffered from insufficient food access, affecting 5.3 million children. SciLine’s next media briefing will cover the health and developmental effects of food insecurity for children, including when school is out of session; how the pandemic has exacerbated this problem; and what research says about the efficacy of food assistance programs such as universal free lunch. Panelists will brief reporters and then take questions on the record.

WHAT: SciLine Media Briefing: Childhood hunger before and after COVID, with an opportunity for Q&A

WHEN: Wednesday, May 19, at 2:00 PM ET


  • Dr. Eliza Kinsey, Columbia University
  • Dr. Deborah Frank, Boston University
  • Dr. Mariana Chilton, Drexel University
  • SciLine Director Rick Weiss will moderate the briefing.

HOW: You must register here to attend.

NOTE: These briefings are open only to members of the media.

YOUR HOSTS: This media briefing is hosted by SciLine, a philanthropically supported, editorially independent, free service for reporters who cover science, health, and the environment. Based at the nonprofit American Association for the Advancement of Science, SciLine offers journalists access to trustworthy, articulate experts and provides other tools to help make methodically derived scientific evidence easily available to reporters. For more information visit

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