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Covid-19 Visualization Team


COVID-19 has impacted the economy on a global scale through the loss of employment and rapid decline of public health conditions, primarily with the financially vulnerable population. One aspect that has been affected by the pandemic has been food scarcity and the isolation of individuals from grocery stores and other establishments. One proposed solution has been stimulus checks from the
United States Government that were projected to provide financial relief to be used for living expenses, food, education, healthcare treatments, or other personal matters. This study aims to analyze the impact of the stimulus checks on food scarcity in the United States by analyzing the food scarcity impact on populations in different states during the COVID-19 pandemic by focusing on stimulus check policies to see if there is any correlation. Food scarcity was used as a metric because
of its inversely proportional relationship with COVID-19 development patterns and its direct relationship to the household income of families and individuals. Using Python libraries and plotting functions, data from the United States Census of Bureau COVID Pulse Household Survey were plotted in specific states for food scarcity percentages from March 2020 to August 2022. Results
show that as more stimulus checks were implemented across the pandemic, the percentage of populations in states that were impacted with food insecurity declined as dates continued in the United States as a whole. These results formulate a strong defense for stimulus checks as a method of support towards the United States in their battle to decrease food scarcity percentages as well as
bolster COVID-19 relief efforts.

Publication Date

Summer 2022


Public Health

An Analysis of COVID-19 Stimulus Checks on Food Scarcity During Pre-COVID and Post-COVID Conditions In the United States

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