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food - in•se•cure
adjective lacking reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food.
Food insecurity has the potential to be harmful to individuals of any age, but it can be especially devastating to children. The USDA estimates that nearly 13 million children in the United States live in food-insecure households as of 2016. That means that 1 in 6 children (18%) may not have consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life.
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 children are those children living in households experiencing food insecurity.
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. (Feeding America, 2018)