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What causes food insecurity?

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People can face food insecurity for different reasons, such as if they're unemployed, don't make enough money at their job, or have a disability.

Where someone lives also can affect their ability to get food. For example, some urban areas, rural places, and low-income neighborhoods only have convenience stores and small independent stores instead of full-service supermarkets or grocery stores.

From: What Is Food Insecurity? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC: “About Chronic Disease.”

Feeding America: “Child Nutrition Programs.”

Food Research and Action Center: “Hunger & Health: The Impact of Poverty, Food Insecurity, and Poor Nutrition on Health and Well-Being.”

Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion: “Food Insecurity.”

United States Department of Agriculture: “Food Security in the U.S.: Measurement,” “Definitions of Food Insecurity.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on August 18, 2019

SOURCES:

CDC: “About Chronic Disease.”

Feeding America: “Child Nutrition Programs.”

Food Research and Action Center: “Hunger & Health: The Impact of Poverty, Food Insecurity, and Poor Nutrition on Health and Well-Being.”

Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion: “Food Insecurity.”

United States Department of Agriculture: “Food Security in the U.S.: Measurement,” “Definitions of Food Insecurity.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on August 18, 2019

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