Food Insecurity is the inadequate or insecure access to food due to financial constraints.
How does it impact us?
Food insecurity can cause difficulty managing chronic health conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and mood disorders. It can also cause malnutrition (excess or deficiency of nutrients in diet), poor mental health and obesity.
Who does it affect?
- 1 in 9 Americans are affected by food insecurity. This accounts for over 37 million people, including over 11 million children.
- 27.8% of female lone parent families
- 7% of couples with children
- 15.9% of male lone parent families
The COVID-19 Pandemic has left millions without employment, resulting in a predicted 54.3 million Americans vulnerable to food insecurity this year.
Coleman-Jensen, A., et al. (2019). Household Food Security in the United States in 2018. U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service. Available online at: https://www.ers.usda.gov/webdocs/publications/94849/err-270.pdf?v=963.1
Feeding America. (2020). The Impact of Coronavirus on Food Insecurity. Retrieved August 16, 2020, from https://www.feedingamerica.org/research/coronavirus-hunger-research