As of 10/17/2021

Nutritional impact of COVID-19:

  • A survey study of greater than a half-million participants living in the US and UK found that following a diet filled with healthy plant-based foods was associated with a lower risk and severity of COVID-19. This main finding of the study was upheld even when controlling for other important markers of SARS-CoV-2 infection, such as mask-wearing or community transmission rate. The decreased risk and severity of COVID-19 infection observed may be explained by the importance of consuming foods rich in nutrients (vitamins, minerals, antioxidants) to support a strong immune system. 
  • Diets high in saturated fats, sugars, and refined carbohydrates contribute to the prevalence of obesity and type 2 diabetes, which could place individuals at an increased risk for COVID-19 long-term complications. Read the published study here. 
  •  Healthy, plant-based diet patterns include foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole-grains, plant-based protein (tofu, tempeh), legumes, and nuts/seeds, and may include supplementing with animal products such as eggs, meat, and dairy products. This diet pattern generally limits highly-processed foods, for example fast food, foods with added sugars or refined grains, and processed animal products (bacon, deli meats, sausage). More info can be found here. 

Nutrition and Food Resources:


  • DC Nutrition Programs:
    • Find information about Federal Nutrition Assistance Programs and Local Nutrition Programs here.
  • Emergency Food Access:
  •    There are many outdoor Farmers Markets across the DC area that allow for a safer, COVID-friendly grocery shopping experience while also contributing to local small businesses.
    • A list of open Farmers Markets run by the non-profit FRESHFARM can be found here and you can learn more about their COVID-19 safety measures here.




  • Fight food waste by buying surplus food at discounted prices using the Too Good To Go app: 

Restaurant Dining:

  • As the weather becomes colder in the DMV, outdoor seating options at restaurants may become limited or non-existent. Eating at a restaurant indoors still poses an increased risk of virus transmission through respiratory particles. Local restrictions for indoor dining vary, so consider calling ahead to learn whether a restaurant requires mask-wearing or proof of vaccination, and if they offer outdoor-seating or take-out options.
    • Several DC-area restaurants and bars that require proof of COVID-19 vaccination can be found here

Food safety:

  • The USDA, FDA, and CDC state that there is no good evidence that food surfaces or food packaging transmit the SARS-CoV-2 virus from person to person. However, health experts still recommend washing your hands (for at least 20 seconds with soap and water) before eating or preparing food to avoid transmission of harmful bacteria or viruses to yourself or others. Learn more here. 
  • Host virtual cooking parties:
    1.  Share a recipe with your friends prior to the virtual cooking party
    2. Buy the ingredients and make sure your friends do too
    3. Meet on Zoom or another video chat application and chat while you follow the recipe steps.
    4. Compare dishes and cooking strategies
    5. Enjoy the yummy food that you cooked with friends!

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