The pattern is unmistakable. Across the U.S., requests to 2-1-1 from Americans seeking help getting food and paying rent rose sharply and instantly in the days following the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our analyses examined 21 cities and states over the first 11 weeks of 2020. For each week, we charted the total number of requests to 2-1-1 for food pantries, home-delivered meals, and rent assistance. Use the interactive graph below to display the pattern and show the increase for each city or state, each of the three social needs, and all combinations of both.
Contributors: Balaji Golla, Irum Javed, Matthew Kreuter