Food Insecurity is defined as “the state of being without reliable access to nutritious, affordable food.”
Worldwide 800 million people live with it. In the U.S. one in seven households struggle with food insecurity. That equates to over 40 million hungry people – 12 million of those are children and an estimated 6 million are seniors.
Food Insecurity affects 800 million people around the world. In the US, one in seven households struggles with it, which translates to over 40 million hungry people (12 million are children, 6 million are seniors).
Often, but not always, food insecurity is related to poverty and unemployment. Some of it is a lingering affect of the 2008 recession.
Food insecure kids can be affected by depression, anxiety and behavioral problems. It also affects brain development, learning and physical development.
What can we do to eliminate food insecurity? Schools are already helping with free lunch programs and summer food service programs. But it will require a national approach to make a real and lasting difference. And, during the COVID-19 outbreak and social distancing, it will get worse.
When you’re able to do so, volunteer at organizations like food banks, regional organizations or faith-based groups that are helping feed the less fortunate.
When your order you groceries (of if you’re still grocery shopping) Pick up an extra can or two of nutritious, non-perishable food. And, once you get a few cans or packages ahead, find out where you can drop them off.
If you have a garden with excess fruits and vegetables in the coming months, do some research as to where you could donate your surplus.
Be good to yourselves,