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Profile Story: Dr. Joyce Slater Introduces us to her Latest Research on Food Security

Over the course of the pandemic, Dr. Slater and her team have been researching the impacts of COVID-19 on the charitable food sector. We had a chance to ask her some questions and learn more.

We also have the full research infographic available on the hub. You can access it through our Reporting on Community Projects resource tab or click the infographic on the left to expand!

A huge thank you to Dr. Slater for presenting this research in more detail during our Speaker Series! If you missed it, it’s not too late! You can view a recording of the Speaker Series below!

In addition, check out the clips below for some background information, and please feel free to join the follow-up discussion in the comments below and in our Working with Volunteers Group!

On what prompted the research in the first place:

On discussing some of the factors studied during the research:

On the impact category of Emotional Vulnerability and Perception of Safety:

On how the pandemic exacerbated already existing problems:

And finally, on the accessibility of the research:

Don’t forget everyone, just because the Speaker Series already happened, that doesn’t mean that the conversation is done! Please feel free to post further questions or insights in the comments below or join the discussion in our Working with Volunteers Group.

Thank you for sharing your research with us Dr. Slater!

We love hearing more about your experiences and what you’re learning! If you’re interested in sharing your own story with our community or want to tell us which hub user you’d like to hear from next, contact us.


  • So appreciate these brief and incredibly informative and approachable clips, Dr. Slater and Yoni! The specific attention paid to the emotional vulnerability impacts of the pandemic was such a unique and important call-out, as was drawing necessary awareness to charitable food sector staff and unpaid staff as essential workers, whose efforts have gone almost totally unrecognized by the public. Looking forward to the speaker series.

  • A huge thanks again to Dr. Slater and Beth for the excellent Speaker Series event!!

    I think one thing I’ve been thinking about is how while this summer has felt more relatively ‘normal’ and stable COVID-wise from a personal perspective, I know that front-line charitable services and non-profit organizational work has been anything but normal and has stayed in a heightened COVID-mode. As you said above Arista, I completely agree that we need to keep drawing awareness to these efforts, but how can we keep extending that message effectively to the public despite things feeling like ‘normal’?

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