Food insecurity is defined by the USDA as “reports of reduced quality, variety, or desirability of diet. Little or no indication of reduced food intake” or “reports of multiple indications of disrupted eating patterns and reduced food intake.”1 Food insecurity can affect anyone, but particularly targets marginalized communities.
One of the factors that creates food insecurity are food deserts. Food deserts are areas where there are few or no grocery stores or other vendors that offer fresh, affordable fruits, vegetables, and lean protein. Food deserts are often located in heavily urbanized areas or sparsely populated rural areas.
There are two crises that arise from food insecurity in the United States: 1) 6.4 million children experience hunger2 and 2) 12.7 million children are obese3. This may indicate that many children do not have access to food, and the food they can access may not be nutritional.
For those struggling with food insecurity, there are resources available to help.
Learn more about food deserts here.