Food Insecurity is defined as the state of being without reliable access to nutritious, affordable food.
Food Insecurity affects 800 million people around the world. In the US, one in six households struggles with it, which translates to over 50 million hungry people (1 in 4 children and 6 million seniors.)
Often, but not always, food insecurity is related to poverty and unemployment. Some of it is a lingering affect of the 2008 recession and now it’s increased following the 2020 Covid Pandemic. Over the past 12 months, we witnessed miles long lines of cars at food banks as many thousands of families struggled to put food on the table.
Food insecure kids can be affected by depression, anxiety and behavioral problems. It also affects brain development, learning and physical development. I believe that seniors suffer similar problems involving aging issues like: cognition, social interaction and depression.
Help is on the way with President Biden’s Covid Relief Bill. The bill is projected to cut U.S. poverty in half. However, it will still take some time to alleviate the problem. Hopefully a year from now as the various forms of financial relief reach families, we’ll be looking at a marked improvement.
In the interim, what can we do to eliminate food insecurity? Schools continue helping with free lunch programs and summer food service programs. But it will require a national approach to make a real and lasting difference.
Consider volunteering for programs like food banks, regional organizations or faith-based groups that are helping feed the less fortunate. 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.
Yours in healthy living…