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Food Insecurity Policy Brief

Policy Brief
Posted on: November 21, 2019

It is widely understood that the quality of food we eat affects our health. However, for many Americans, an unhealthy diet is not a choice, but rather a consequence of food insecurity. Defined, food insecurity is limited or uncertain access to enough food to live a healthy, active life. While food insecurity is closely tied to economic stability, the factors leading to food insecurity are much more complex, ranging from income, employment and disability to race, ethnicity and neighborhood characteristics. Because the factors are so varied and complicated, the rate of food insecurity has remained essentially unchanged for a number of years, and even increased for certain population segments. In fact, 11.1% of households were food insecure in 2018, which means there are more than 12 million children living in homes with limited access to adequate food. Food insecurity is particularly high among:

• Women or men living alone
• Black- and Hispanic-headed households
• Households with incomes near or below the federal poverty line
• Households with children, particularly those headed by single women or single men

Read about our work in this policy brief.