"For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink......"
Hunger is the mental and physical condition that comes from not eating enough food due to insufficient economic, family or community resources.
Food security is when all people at all times have physical and economic access to sufficient food to meet their dietary needs for a productive and healthy life.
Food insecurity is the lack of assured access at all times to enough food for healthy, active lives.
What does it mean to be food insecure?
When we do not have availability of nutritionally adequate food or do not have the way to get it in a socially acceptable way, then we are food insecure.
It is more than hunger.
We can be hungry and have the ability to get food whereas food insecure people do not know where or what their next meal will be.
It might be standing outside a Kentucky Fried Chicken Restaurant at 10:00 pm at night waiting for the “old” chicken to be thrown in the dumpster.
Many children experience food insecurity.
Many consume breakfast and lunch at school but do not have the means to get food for dinner or on weekends.
When they do get food, they tend to overeat or binge as they do not know when or where there next meal will be.
This contributes to children becoming obese.
In the United States, more than one out of four children lives in a household with food insecurity, which means they do not always know where they will find their next meal.
According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), 15.3 million children under 18 in the United States live in this condition – unable to consistently access nutritious and adequate amounts of food necessary for a healthy life.
In 2013, the top five states with the highest rate of food insecure children under 18 are New Mexico, the District of Columbia, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Georgia.
20% or more of the child population in 38 states and D.C. lived in food insecure households in 2013.
In 2014, 48.1 million Americans lived in food insecure households, 33 million adults and 15.1 million children.
Updated February 04, 2016