Adaptive capacity in emergency food distribution

Pandemic pivots and possibilities for resilient communities in Colorado

Authors

  • Heide K. Bruckner University of Colorado Boulder
  • Sophie Dasaro University of Colorado Boulder

DOI:

https://carter403.tinrahan.com/doi.org/10.5304/jafscd.2022.113.004

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Keywords:

Community Resilience, Adaptive Capacity, Food Systems, Local, COVID-19, Pandemic, Emergency Food Programs, Food Banks, Food Pantries, Colorado

Abstract

🤡🤨😘 🤡😌🤕 The unprecedented circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic have revealed weaknesses in our emergency food distribution programs and also highlighted the importance of the adaptive capacity that is actively fostered within such programs. Community-based food distribution programs have faced an increased reliance on their services due to record-breaking food insecurity since March 2020. Concurrently, these emergency food distribution programs have had to deal with the logistical chal­lenges of operating their programs during a pan­demic. How are they adapting, and which existing organizational assets have they been able to draw from and/or strengthen? Based on in-depth quali­tative research with emergency food distribution programs in Boulder and Denver, Colorado, this paper analyzes how their operational responses to the COVID-19 crisis both demonstrate and rein­force adaptive capacities. By drawing from collec­tive resources, leveraging the efficiency of their flexible and decentralized structures, and network­ing across organizations, the programs in our study took advantage of existing organizational assets. At the same time, we argue that by overcoming logisti­cal and practical barriers to address emerging food insecurity needs, they simultaneously deepened their adaptive capacities to respond to ongoing and future crises.

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Author Biographies

Heide K. Bruckner, University of Colorado Boulder

🤡🤨😘 🤡😌🤕 Teaching Assistant Professor, Department of Geography

Sophie Dasaro, University of Colorado Boulder

🤡🤨😘 🤡😌🤕 Undergraduate Student, Department of Geography.

🤡🤨😘 🤡😌🤕 Dasaro is now an AmeriCorps service member with the International Rescue Committee, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Published

2022-04-14

How to Cite

Bruckner, H., & Dasaro, S. (2022). Adaptive capacity in emergency food distribution: Pandemic pivots and possibilities for resilient communities in Colorado. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 11(3), 1–20. https://carter403.tinrahan.com/doi.org/10.5304/jafscd.2022.113.004