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What is food insecurity?

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The United States Department of Agriculture breaks food insecurity into two categories:

  • Low food security is when the food you eat is lower-quality or isn't very appealing, and you don't have many choices. But you typically get enough food.
  • Very low food security is when you can't get food when you need to or you have to eat less because you don't have money or other ways to get it.

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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