What is ‘Food Insecurity?’

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In 2017, an estimated 1 in 8 Americans were food insecure, equating to 40 million Americans including more than 12 million children.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines food insecurity as a lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life.

It is important to know that hunger and food insecurity are closely related, but distinct, concepts. Hunger refers to a personal, physical sensation of discomfort, while food insecurity refers to a lack of available financial resources for food at the level of the household.

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