Until we fully understand the scope and impact of hunger, it is hard to have real empathy for those in need. A community with reduced food insecurity is a strong one.
HUNGER IN AMERICA
MORE THAN 37
MILLION PEOPLE in the United States struggle with hunger according to the USDA's 2019 Household Food Insecurity in the United States report.
Many households that experience food insecurity DO NOT QUALIFY FOR FEDERAL NUTRITION PROGRAMS and need to rely on their local food banks and other hunger relief organizations for support.
Currently, MORE THAN 11 MILLION CHILDREN live in food-insecure households. Households with children are more likely to experience food insecurity.
Food insecurity refers to USDA’s measure of lack of access, at times, to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members and limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate foods. Food-insecure households are not necessarily food insecure all the time. Food insecurity may reflect a household’s need to make trade-offs between important basic needs, such as housing or medical bills, and purchasing nutritionally adequate foods.
A food desert is an area that has limited access to affordable and nutritious food, in contrast with an area with higher access to supermarkets or vegetable shops with fresh foods, which is called a food oasis.
Access to enough food for an active, healthy life. Food Security includes at a minimum: (1) the ready availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods and (2) an assured ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways. That is, without resorting to emergency food supplies, scavenging, stealing, or other coping strategies.
ADD MORE VEGETABLES TO YOUR DAY
It's easy to eat more vegetables! Eating vegetables is important because they provide vitamins and minerals and most are low in calories. To fit more vegetables in your day, try them as snacks and add them to your meals.
VARY YOUR PROTEIN ROUTINE
We all need protein—but most Americans eat enough, and some eat more than they need. How much is enough? Most people, ages 9 and older, should eat 5 to 7 ounces* of protein foods each day.