Catherine Bertini and Ertharin Cousin, two former directors of the World Food Programme, and a member of the University of Chicago who leads the University’s current efforts to support food and economic security on the South Side will discuss what the pandemic means for food security from south side neighborhoods to informal settlements across the world. We will ask: What is being done to support food businesses and protect essential workers? How can we ensure women and children are protected, and provide meals for vulnerable people amid the COVID-19 pandemic? The discussion will draw on the panelists’ expertise to address how federal, state, and local governments as well as transnational entities like the U.N. are responding to hunger emergencies; what Universities, large employers, and community organizations have done at local levels; and how we might learn from current efforts to make strides towards more resilient food systems and resources.