COVID-19 Research

Our efforts for mitigating the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our efforts for mitigating the COVID-19 pandemic.

FFAR’s COVID-19 Pandemic Announcement

Dear FFAR applicants, reviewers and grantees,

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have taken steps to keep our employees and stakeholders safe.

Our offices in Washington, D.C. are closed indefinitely. Our employees are teleworking and available to help you with your application, review or post-award needs during regular business hours. Please do not hesitate to contact us at with questions about your application, review or award. We understand the pandemic may affect your work or cause delays, and we are committed to finding flexible arrangements that limit the impact on your work as much as possible.

Please reach out to the Grants Team if an extension on any required submission is possible. We continue to accept and review applications, review progress reports and process award payments.

We hope that you and your loved ones are safe. We look forward to continuing our work together and helping in any way we can.

Thank you,

FFAR Grants Team

Our Research

We are committed to filling research gaps and providing everyone access to nutritious food. This commitment is essential during the COVID-19 pandemic as the need for food assistance increases at an exceptional rate. To mitigate the impacts of the pandemic on our food system, we provided supplemental funding for research and insight.

We awarded a $1 million grant to Feeding America to assess how food banks use various supply chains to provide food for communities. Feeding America is compiling quantitative data to evaluate how food systems and emergency food systems operate and adapt in times of urgency. Learn more about this research.

In the United States, an average of 30 percent of food is wasted, which has a significant economic impact and threatens food security. Efforts to reduce food waste must involve changes across the entire food system, not just individual habits. We funded a consensus study report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine that examines the cultural and societal patterns of food waste among consumers. Learn more about this report.

Our Scientific Program Director of Advanced Animal Systems, Dr. Tim Kurt, provided insight on how COVID-19 exemplifies the significance of zoonotic research, which studies diseases that spread from humans to animals. Dr. Kurt emphasized the importance of zoonotic research in understanding and mitigating COVID-19 as well as future pandemics. Read more on this insight.

The COVID-19 pandemic intensified food and nutritional insecurity in vulnerable communities across the United States. Our Scientific Program Director of Urban Food Systems, Dr. John Reich, and Rebecca Gyawu shared thoughts on understanding emergency food systems during the pandemic. Read more on this insight.

Among the consequential effects of the pandemic that the US faces, the ability to provide food resources for low-income families has been greatly impacted. Recipients of our Tipping Points grant shared findings on the factors affecting the success of emergency food programs in several cities. Read more on this breakthrough.

When Denver Public Schools closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the District had to make a quick decision about how to adapt its feeding program to ensure low-income students remained fed. Colorado State University researchers explored how Denver’s school feeding programs are supporting low-income families during the pandemic. Read more on this insight.

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