As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to challenge the entire globe, millions of older American adults are struggling to put food on the table, let alone stockpile enough food to shelter in place. State and local agencies administering nutrition programs, nutrition program providers, emergency food networks, and food stores are scrambling to respond to the nationwide need brought on by COVID-19’s dual threats to the economy and public health, including increased need for nutrition support and for social distancing.

This brief explores four available actions to minimize exposure to COVID-19 through person-to-person contact when it comes to older adults accessing food.