UNM and NMSU reasearchers collaborate to analyze food response to COVID-19


Shane Buchanan

NMSU and UNM researchers are investigating how New Mexico’s response to the pandemic affected food access and affordability around the state.

New Mexico State University researchers are collaborating with researchers from the University of New Mexico to investigate how food access, availability and the food system has been affected by COVID-19.

On a facebook page for the survey, a post said the research will analyze how New Mexico responded to the pandemic regarding access to food. 

The survey will help researchers better understand the impacts of coronavirus on new Mexicans in order to provide recommendations for public policy in the state,” the post reads. 

According to a press release by NMSU, the survey was originally developed by Johns Hopkins University and the University of Vermont but has since been altered for New Mexico.  

New Mexico residents over the age of 18 are encouraged to complete the survey which can be found in English and in Spanish. Participants who complete the survey will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win one of 50 $25 gift cards for groceries. The survey takes about 20 minutes to complete, the Facebook page said. 

New Mexicans! Take the NM food access and security survey. Participants will be entered into a drawing for 50 $25 gift…

Posted by New Mexico Survey: Impacts of the Coronavirus on Food Security and Access on Thursday, May 21, 2020

Around New Mexico, the COVID-19 virus has caused 329 deaths and 7,252 people to fall ill in the state. In the U.S. alone, the virus has infected over 1.6 million, the CDC reports, and has claimed the lives of 99,031 Americans. 

NM Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is set to host a news conference this afternoon at 3 p.m. on her Facebook page. Currently, the state reports it is on track to reopen certain services and businesses June 1. 

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