Food Insecurity in the Food Allergic Population: A Work Group Report of the AAAAI Adverse Reactions to Foods Committee

Jodi Shroba, Rajeshree Das, Lucy Bilaver, Eileen Vincent, Emily Brown, Brooke Polk, Ashley Ramos, Anne F. Russell, J. Andrew Bird, Christina E. Ciaccio, Bruce J. Lanser, Kim Mudd, Amika Sood, Brian P. Vickery, Ruchi Gupta

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Abstract

Food allergies affect 32 million Americans. Restricted diets due to food allergies can be difficult to maintain especially when the household is food insecure. Food insecurity is defined as the inability to acquire food for household members due to insufficient money or resources for food. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many people to face food insecurity for the first time with Latinx, Native American, and Black communities disproportionately affected. Because of the increase in food insecurity, this work group developed a survey regarding food insecurity screening. This survey was sent out to a random sample of American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology members to assess food insecurity knowledge and practices. The majority of survey participants did not routinely screen their patients for food insecurity. The biggest barrier identified to screening was lack of knowledge of how to perform a screen and resources available when a patient screened positive. This work group report provides guidance on how to implement and perform a food insecurity screen, including federal resources and assistance programs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)81-90
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice
Volume10
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2022

Keywords

  • COVID-19 pandemic
  • Food access
  • Food allergy
  • Food assistance programs
  • Food insecurity
  • Food security
  • Health disparities
  • Nutrition
  • Social determinants of health

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