Ethical Allocation of Scarce Food Resources During Public Health Emergencies
9 Pages Posted: 26 Jan 2021
Date Written: January 25, 2021
Escalating demands for limited food supplies at America’s food banks and pantries during the COVID-19 pandemic have raised ethical concerns underlying “first-come, first-served” distribution strategies. A series of model ethical principles are designed to guide ethical allocations of these resources to assure greater access among persons facing food insecurity in emergencies.
Keywords: food insecurity, emergency, food banks, food pantry, ethics, allocation, vulnerable populations, scarcity, COVID-19, pandemic, food sovereignty, model ethics, principles
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